A Chippendale mahogany mirror labeled John Stansbury late 18th century
height 44in (112cm); width 20in (51cm)
Joseph Stansbury, (1750-1809) was a merchant and importer of British goods in Philadelphia during the Revolution. He was loyal to the British cause throughout the war and resisted independence from Britain. He was briefly imprisoned after citizens overheard a rousing chorus of God save the King from his home. When the British occupied Philadelphia in 1778 He served as the commissioner of the city watch and managed General Howe's lottery for the relief of the poor. When the British withdrew to New York in June 1778, he remained in Philadelphia. and served as an intermediary between Benedict Arnold and John André.