Watercolor on paper. Probably for the marriage of Isaac and Lydia Bigelow (or Bieglow), ca. 1830-1855. New England, likely Maine. The previous collector saw some strange scribbling below the artwork. At first he didn't think much of it, but then wondered if it actually formed words. He viewed the piece in a mirror and sure enough, the scribbling formed "Samuel Lawhead". (I have shown it flipped in one photo). Attribution to Samuel Lawhead as the Heart and Hand Artist was first made based on a painted card in the collection of Nina Fletcher Little. (The Lawhead signature also appears on a Hodgdon family record from New Hampshire). This may be the first known instance of a Lawhead signature directly on a remembrance drawing. It reinforces the understanding that Samuel Lawhead was indeed the celebrated Heart and Hand Artist. Rendered with skill and precision in superb and colorful detail. Note how Lawhead forgot the 'e' in the second name, so just superscripted it. Terrific condition, with colors still bright. Housed in a matted period gilt frame, frame size 8 1/4 inches x 7 inches. May be hung or rests fine on a surface. See another example (unsigned) in Expresssions of Innocence and Eloquence, Selections from the Jane Katcher Collection of Americana, page 90. .
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