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1883-84 Sketch Book Diary in Graphite & Watercolor, Ashburnham, MA.
1883-84 Sketch Book Diary in Graphite & Watercolor, Ashburnham, MA.

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Price: $500.00

Product Code: 21002123

An unpaginated sketch book executed in graphite and watercolor with occasional accompanying verse or caption belonging to N. Helen Rowley, Ashburnham, MA. It depicts various views of landscape and scenery in the area. Many of the drawings are captioned or described on the reverse. Some are associated with outings and social events On pencil sketch is a depicting approaching a large home on a hill with mountains in the background.  The reverse identifies it as the Summit House, Mt. Wachusett, Princeton Mass and includes the autographs of those in attendance.  After the 1883 social season, the medium changes from graphite to watercolor. There is also the addition of appropriate quotable verses. A more formal or structured approach. After a few pages the book reverts to the more casual presentation style. One somewhat naive yet dear image depicts a woman seated on a hammock held in place by a tree and a post, while a young girl sits on a straight back chair and reads; a second woman sits in a chair sketching --perhaps a self-depiction.  Each wearing fanciful hats. Drawings of Island on Naukeag Lake, Allen Burr taking his lunch at the pic-nic in Handley Woods, Old Tree - Handley Woods, "The Ward and Mary" (named trees) Ashburnham, The Bastile at Handley Farm, Island in Secretary Lake, Mill Dam under Jewell Hill, Naukeag Club House, Frankort Hill from the Fence, Fort Winthrop - Governor´┐Żs Island and more. Measures 6" x 9 7/8".