The Young Artist

The Juvenile Keepsake.  Boston: G.W. Cottrell, ca. 1853. 

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This hand-colored wood engraving is taken from a collection of short stories.  In this story, “The Young Artist,” two boys study art together in England, and one opts to go to Europe to further his education in Italy, while the other dutifully stays home looking after his dying mother, but while doing so, captures the beauty of the English countryside.  It reflects the conflict felt by many English and American artists at the time between going abroad and staying home to develop their talent.

Adopted by Bridget Marshall for Lucy Margaret Bridge of Lowell, Massachusetts