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F. Shaw Brothers Tannery, Maine

John Martin

Date:
1882–83
Medium:
Pen and black and red inks, graphite, watercolor, and white gouache on Bristol board
Dimensions:
34 5/8 x 43 15/16 in. (87.9 x 111.6 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Bequest of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, 1979
Accession Number:
1980.341.1
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: [along bottom at center]: THE LARGEST TANNERY IN THE AMERICAN WORLD BEING ONE OF THE FIVE, OWNED AND OPERATED BY F. SHAW BROTHERS./ As It Appeared July 4, 1882. The Land, Works, Village, Canal and Steam Boats At This Stream Cost One And One Half Million Dollars. Firm Failed In 1883 For Eight And One Half Million; [at lower left corner]: 1882 The Story of my life. / During a year and a half in / this Office I received from the / St. Stephens bank 294,000$/ and paid the same / out for Bark & labor / Tanning & labor/ construction repairs/ I paid no bills except/ local purchases, all / freight inward & out/ ward. All hides &/ stampages were paid / in the Boston office. / My cash was short 2 55 // 100 / Your Humble Servant and / Expert Accountant John Martin; [numerous inscriptions throughout the drawing identify buildings, inhabitants, and landmarks at the tannery and in the surrounding village].

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