Folder 1 Woodward, Henry. [View of Oxbow]; Watercolor. (9 x 12 7/8 in) (23 x 33 cm). 1859. Gift of John D. Seelye, 1992. [Old number: W 1] Enlarge
Landscape featuring a body of water, forest, fields and mountains in the background; in the foreground are rocks, trees with foliage and fenced fields. Cutting across the scene and bordering the water is a set of train tracks with a steam train heading to the left. Visible in the reflection of the calm water are reflections of trees. Image is signed in the lower left “H Woodward, 1859.”
Folder 2 Unknown artist. [Image of man, woman and child around mourning piece for Alonzo and Alvira Goddard]; Watercolor. (13 7/8 x 17 7/8 in) (35 ½ x 45 ½ cm). No date. Gift of Mrs. Robert H. Goddard, September 5, 1950. [Old number: W 2] Enlarge
Image of a mourning piece with a man, woman and child surrounding it. The man and woman have their elbows bent atop the piece, their heads in their hands; the woman is holding a handkerchief, behind her is a young child; all are wearing black. Behind the child is a large tree with extended branches. In the background is a steepled church with arched windows, a staircase and columns. To the left is a colonial-style home with shuddered windows and an attached barn; a path connects the two buildings. The mourning piece is a solid rectangle topped with an urn. It states, “Sacred to the memory of Alonzo and Alvira Goddard who were born Feb. 26, 1833. Alvira died Sept 4 & Alonzo Sept 7, 1833. Son and daughter of Danford & Alvira Goddard.” Also is a poem which starts, “Sleep on sweet babes in deaths embrace.”
Folder 3 Farnsworth, Patty (1780-1840). [Image of penmanship assignment from Groton Academy]; Watercolor. (12 ¼ x 14 ¾ in) (31 x 37 ½ cm). No date. [Old number: W 4] Enlarge
Image of various quotes surrounded by ribbons. Central in the image is a circle with a quote on the subject of reading which says: “There is a medium to be observed, in a lady’s reading, she is not to receive every thing she finds even in the best books as invariable lessons of conduct, in books written in an easy flowing style, which excel in description and the luxurance. [sic]” The words: “Patty” and “Farnsworth” are surrounded by green and blue diamonds. The words “Groton” and “Academy” are written along the sides of the paper.
Folder 4 Unknown artist. [Memorial to Clapp Family]; Watercolor. ( x in) ( x cm) [unable to be sized; in conservation]. ca. 1813. [Old number: W 6] No image available
Image of a memorial monument which is labeled, “Sacred to the memory of the much lamented & greatly esteemed relatives & connections of Rhonda Clapp…” with mentions of other family members; there is a quotation in script at the base. The physical structure of the monument consists of two columns holding up a triangle which is wrapped in a vine. To the left and right of the piece are two women both wearing green dresses and long draping scarves. The woman to the right cradles a baby in her arm; both women are leaning against anchors.
Folder 5 Johnston [Johnson], John (1753-1818). Green Dragon Tavern; Pen and Ink with watercolor wash. Image: (8 3/8 x 12 1/8 in) (21 x 31 cm). Paper mounted on: (11 1/8 x 16 1/8 in) (41 x 28 cm). 1773. [Old number: W 9] Enlarge
Image featuring a two-story colonial tavern with three dormer windows. There are buildings to both the left and right and trees on either side. Two motif images are in the upper left, one is of a moon blowing air, the second of a protractor and square ruler with the letter “G” in the middle. In front of the building is a silhouette of a horse-drawn carriage; there are also several other silhouettes of men to the right; attached to the doorway of the building is a silhouette of a dragon decoration. Manuscript on bottom reads: “Where we met to plan the consignment of the few shiploads of Tea Dec 16 1773.” John Johnson 4 Water Street Boston Mass, 1773.” Note: image is mounted on a piece of thin paper.
Folder 5a Unknown artist. Green Dragon Tavern; Pen and Ink with wash. (15 x 20 in) (38 x 51 cm). after 1880. [Old number: No old number] Enlarge
Image drawn on Spaulding Art Board of the item in Box 14 Folder 5. Item removed from the U.S. Views – Massachusetts – Boston Collection.
Folder 6 Unknown artist. [Image of the Roessle Brewery]; Watercolor. (10 5/8 x 16 ½ in) (27 x 42 cm). No date. [Old number: W 12] Enlarge
Image of a large brick factory building with detached smokestack. To the left is a home with a porch and numerous trees; surrounding both the home and factory is a tall gray fence. There is an American flag protruding from the top; and an additional flag reading “Premium Lager Beer” from a nearby watchtower. Immediately in front of the building is a sidewalk with people. Note: the Roessle Brewery was from 1878-1893 at 60 Pynchon in Roxbury; from 1904-10 it is listed as being a 1250 Columbus Avenue, Boston.
Folder 7 Kollock, [Mary (1840-1911)?]. [Landscape image of a house and trees]; Watercolor. (10 1/8 x 14 in) (25 ½ x 35 ½ cm). 1881. [Old number: W 18] Enlarge
Landscape image taken from the front lawn of a two-story colonial style home with a fence. There are two large trees in the foreground with heavy moss. Behind the home are numerous lush trees. Image is signed in the bottom right, “Kollock 1881.”
Folder 8 Gladwin, George E. (1829-1920). [Landscape image featuring the Dr. S.B. Woodward House]; Watercolor. (10 x 14 1/8 in) (25 ½ x 36 cm). 1901. Gift of S.B. Woodward Estate, May 1, 1996. [Old number: W 19] Enlarge
Landscape image with a path leading up to a two-story colonial style mansion with a large center chimney; to the right of the home is a long projecting porch. To the left is a stone wall and a grove of trees on a flat field. Image is signed in the lower left, “Geo. E. Gladwin.”
Manuscript notation on back reads: “Dr. S.B. Woodward House on Brigham Hill Road, Grafton as when purchased in 1901, before the outside was changed. Watercolor by Geo. E. Gladwin. Gift of S.B. Woodward Estate, May 1, 1996.”
Folder 9 Kidder, James (1793-1837). [Decorative image with quotation ‘On the Starry Heavens’]; Pen and watercolor. (15 1/8 x 12 1/8 in) (38 ½ x 31 cm). ca. 1805. Gift of Mrs. Harold S. Kidder, 1946. [Old number: W 20] Enlarge
Quotations starting, “On the Starry Heavens” “Benevolenct [sic] Affections” and “The Bee” are written in a variety of scripts and sizes. Surrounding the quotations are two pillars topped with what appear to be books. Connecting the two columns are vines and pink flowers. At the bottom is a tied red sash with tassels. Image signed at the bottom “James Kidder AE 12” Quotations “On the Starry Heavens” and “The Bee” possibly taken from Caleb Bingham’s American Preceptor. The selections on “Benevolent Affections” possibly taken from Thomas Reid’s Essays on the active powers of man. Note on file by Clarence Brigham indicates, “3 drawings in color by James Kidder of Medford aged 12 in 1805. he was later an artist and engraver Born 1793 and died 1837 (see sketch in Kidder Genealogy p. 136) Gift of Mrs. H.S. Kidder April 12, 1946.”
Folder 10 Kidder, James (1793-1837). [Quotation ‘On Idleness’ with watercolor border]; Pen with watercolor border. (15 5/8 x 12 ½ in) (40 x 32 cm). ca. 1805. Gift of Mrs. Harold S. Kidder, 1946. [Old number: W 21] Enlarge
Quotation, “On Idleness” which starts, “Action keeps the soul in constant health…” possibly from Titus Strong’s The Common Reader followed by a section called, “Select sentences” with selections possibly from The Hive: or a Collection of thoughts. Both selections are written in a different sizes of script; the item could possibly be a penmanship exercise. Signed at the bottom “James Kidder Medford.” There is a blue wash border surrounding the image.
Folder 11 Kidder, James (1793-1837). [Decorative image of ‘Select Sentences’]; Pen and watercolor. (14 x 11 ½ in) (35 ½ x 29 ½ cm). 1805. Gift of Mrs. Harold S. Kidder, 1946. [Old number: W 22] Enlarge
Section entitled, “Select Sentences” starts, “Time is more valuable to young people than to any others.” Quotation is bordered by two tall pillars painted green, yellow, orange and red. Connecting the two pillars are red roses and leaves. There is also a section beneath entitled, “The Bee” which starts, “The bee is a noble pattern of industry and prudence.” Each of the quotations in a different size scripts; visible underneath are pencil lines. Quotations are possibly from Caleb Bingham’s The American Preceptor. Image is signed at the bottom center with a decorative sash and tassels, “James Kidder Medford AE d 12, 1805.”
Folder 12 Unknown artist. [Portrait of John Davis]; Pen and watercolor. (14 x 11 ½ in) (35 ½ x 29 ½ cm). No date. [Old number: W 41] Enlarge
Portrait from the waist of an older Davis facing right; the man has long white hair, parted to the side, and a large nose. He is wearing a white collared shirt, a black tie and a black coat. Written on the reverse is, “John Davis, Worcester, Mass. Benjamin Thomas Hill Collection.”
Folder 13 Unknown artist. [Portrait of John Green]; Watercolor over a photograph. (11 ½ x 9 in) (29 x 23 cm). No date. Gift of Mrs. Minnie V. Fitch, December 27, 1883. [Old number: W 42] Enlarge
Portrait from the waist of a man facing slightly left with graying hair and sideburns. He has a large nose and wrinkles on his forehead and under his eyes; he is wearing a dark coat, vest and a white collar. Manuscript on reverse reads: “John Green M.D. Presented by Mrs. Minnie V. Fitch December 27, 1883.”
Folder 14 Unknown artist. [Amos Singletarry Esquire’s Property]; Watercolor and Ink. (9 ½ x 15 5/8 in) (24 x 39 ½ cm). October 1778. Gift of Edward Coffin, 1939. [Old number: W 54] Enlarge
Image of serif text with red strips surrounded by a yellow border. The text reads, “Amos Singletarry Esquire’s Property October 1778.” To the left and right are yellow hearts. Note on file says item was removed from a folio religious text. See also Box 14 Folder 15.
Folder 15 Unknown artist. [Amos Singletarry Esquire’s Property]; Watercolor and Ink. (9 ¼ x 15 ¼ in) (23 ½ x 38 ½ cm). October 1778. Gift of Edward Coffin, 1939. [Old number: W 55] Enlarge
Image of serif text with red stripes surrounded by a yellow border. The text reads, “Amos Singletarry Esquire’s Property October 1792.” To the left and right are hearts with red stripes. The yellow border is outlined in red. Note on file says item was removed from a folio religious text. See also Box 14 Folder 14.
Folder 16 Gladwin, George E. (1829-1920). [Image of City Hall, Worcester]; Watercolor. (11 5/8 x 19 ½ in) (29 x 49 cm). No date. [Old number: W 56] Enlarge
Image of City Hall building draped with flags and banners. In the foreground is a flat street with numerous horse-drawn carriages and carts. There is a grounded banner decorated with numerous American flags and garland which reads, “The Heart of the Commonwealth Welcomes home her sons and daughters” in front of the building a draped statue of a man atop a horse. Behind is a church with a steeple and clock. Image is signed in the lower right: “Geo. E.” Note: the image is mutilated in the upper right, upper left and lower right. Manuscript notation on reverse reads: “Presented by Mr. George E. Gladwin. It was bought by Fanny C. Lincoln after his death – When the Day Building burned this picture was partly destroyed as Mr. Gladwin’s studio was in the building.” Note: Photograph in Worcester views shows the ruins of the Day Building.
Folder 17 Unknown artist. [Floral arrangement in a cornucopia]; Watercolor. (13 5/8 x 12 in) (35 x 30 ½ cm). [1840-55?]. [Old number: W 60] Enlarge
Image of a cornucopia filled with an arrangement of pink roses, yellow lilies, blue and red trumpet flowers, leaves and buds. The cornucopia is twirled with alternating patterns of grids and intersecting circles. Image could possibly be a theorem painting.