William Stevens residence, South Windham, 1869

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William Stevens residence, South Windham, 1869

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A sketch made August 13, 1869 shows the William Stevens home in South Windham.

In front of the house is Annie A. Z. Stevens, with the notation, "4 yrs old last May 1869."

Annie Stevens (1865-1883) was the daughter of William (1825-1892) and Rebecca Raynes (1854-1907) Stevens of South Windham. It is not clear who made the drawing.

Rebecca Raynes Stevens was the eldest half-sibling of John Martin (1823-1904) of Bangor, who wrote and illustrated five volumes documenting his life and times. He often drew houses and the drawing of Annie, whose head appears unfinished), is reminiscent of some of his drawings.

The drawing was found tucked into Martin's "Scrapbook no. 3," which he began writing in 1867.

Annie's older sister, Fannie Stevens (1861-1931) was an artist. She and a younger sister, Ella (1869-1945) inherited Martin's writings and his house in Bangor.

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About This Item

  • Title: William Stevens residence, South Windham, 1869
  • Creator: John Martin
  • Creation Date: 1869-08-13
  • Subject Date: 1869-08-13
  • Location: South Windham, Cumberland County, ME
  • Media: Pencil on paper
  • Dimensions: 23 cm x 28.3 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. 1972; 1997.16.2
  • Object Type: Text and Image

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