There's nothing more nostalgic than vintage photographs! This New England scene can remind you of nearly any late summer trek that you, your folks or grandparents made in the past. The birch trees with a babbling brook behind them are set in front of distant majestic hills and mountains.
This hung on the wall at my aunts' homes in Maine. It was enjoyed over the years by various relatives and was treasured at different points in each of my aunt's homes.
It is signed "Sawyer". He had studios in both Farmington Maine and Concord New Hampshire. This one is framed in the original frame and backing from the Concord studio. The title of the picture is "Carrabassett Birches". That location is in western Maine near Sunday River Ski area.
Charles H. Sawyer was born on March 24, 1868, probably in Norridgewock, Maine. In the 1890's he worked as a pencil artist for the New York Tribune and worked with the well-known Wallace Nutting. Here, Charles Sawyer learned the painting and coloring techniques that would move his black and white photographic art to another level. He created watercolor, pastel, and crayon portraits on commission. Ultimately, however, his fortune and reputation were built on his dramatic American landscapes!
All of Sawyer's negatives were black and white. Color film was not available during Sawyer's most productive phase.
From his black and white glass negatives, Sawyer would print black and white photographs, some of which were sold as black and white photographs; or he would develop and print them with a sepia tone (these are his brownish prints); or he could take black and white printed images and hand paint and color them, according to nature's palette.
This one is a hand tinted black and white photograph in the original frame and backing from his Concord, NH studio.
Framed measurement 9" x 11"
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