A wonderfully detained Pen and Ink drawing b y John Graham, reportedly of Ludlow, Vermont, c. 1835. “Pen Drawings and Writing by John Graham” the piece reads, along with an excellent sketch of a man and woman, on horseback, the man holding a falcon; there is a small dog running alongside of them. The whole piece has a very neat and tidy double line border. Sight size (without the mat) is 6 3/8” x 6 ¾” and it is framed in a molded contemporary frame (10” x 12”). I believe this piece to be an advertising piece or broadside (the equivalent of a business card) for a John Graham, who may have been a school teacher, artist or perhaps a sign maker, offering his services as someone who could write or draw for people who could not. When I purchased it, I was told it was from Ludlow, Vermont, but have not been able to verify that: there were “John Grahams” in Ludlow in the 1830s.
The piece is in excellent condition: nicely framed, with no rips, tears, creases or wrinkles. The ink has “mellowed” a bit, but is still quite legible, and the drawing of the 2 people on horseback is quite charming. There is a short, faint vertical stain between “Writing” and “John” but it does not detract (and is probably magnified by the digital photograph). A lovely piece of calligraphy.