A spectacular, early 19th century, Americana, sketch book with Folk Art, pencil drawings dating to 1876. The sketch book consists of 14 pencil drawings which includes interior, landscape and portrait scenes that are mostly from the Philadelphia area. They were created during The Centennial International Exposition of 1876. It was the first official World's Fair, and it was held in Philadelphia between May 10 to Nov. 10, 1876. It was to celebrate the 100 anniversary of the signing of The Declaration Of Independence in Philadelphia. There is a wonderful portrait drawing of an elegant woman, dated Sept. 1876, Philadelphia. There is an outstanding drawing that is beautifully rendered of a woman, seated in a rocker on a porch reading a book, and it is dated 1876. Another remarkable drawing includes an interior scene depicting two young women wearing large bonnets. There is a drawing of a street scene with a building, dated Sept. 21, 1876 Phila. It should be noted there is some discoloration to this drawing. Most of drawings seem to be in the Pennsylvania area, but there is at least one that may be from another location. This is the landscape drawing entitled, The Sandwich Marshes, dated August 28, 1876 and the location would be the Massachusetts area. The artist appears to be Harrold Cadbury, because of a self portrait drawing that reads, " Yes, this is me Harrold Cadbury." The canvas and leather sketch book contains 63 pages. It measures approx. 8' length and 4 5/5' wide. The spine is intact. It has tissue paper separating the pages. The condition of this item does show signs of wear, that is consistent with age. Besides being a rare item, this sketch book is an superb example of American Folk Art, and it has amazing American history.
19th Century, Sketch Book, Folk Art, Pencil Drawings, Americana, Philadelphia, Rare, Circa 1876