Found near Boston, this is a fascinating item depicting a windmill that evidently operated in southern Maine in the distant year 1840. An artist (perhaps English, considering the way he wrote "colours"), sketched it that year and then, many years later, in 1877, decided to re-draw from his original sketch. The artist's conjoined initials and description of his efforts appear at lower right. At lower left in the drawing itself is written "Windmill near Bath Me.", and in the margin below the drawing is "Old Mill Near Bath, Me.". The drawing inside the modern mat measures 8" by 10 3/4", and 15" by 19" framed. Bath went on to become a large and important ship building center on the Maine coast, and today it is a popular tourism area in the pleasantly cool summer months, but windmills are definitely no longer part of the scenery. This is an historical record of Maine's history that is now long forgotten. Condition is very good considering the age, with paper browning and so forth. Note that there are many reflections in the images so allow for that.
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