Was George Washington a tea drinker?
Yes! Every man of means – whether living in England or the Colonies – was schooled in proper tea drinking. Even as a bachelor, George Washington acquired choice household essentials which exemplified his gentility and position in Virginia society.
One of his bachelor tea sets (shown above) was the popular pattern Famille rose, or overglaze polychrome enamel, depicting scenes of women and children in landscapes that were popular on Chinese export tea wares after 1750. Such decoration appealed to Western consumers’ desires for exotic, and often playful, imagery on their imported porcelains.