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Item 28943

Galen Jerome Brewer, 1844

Contributed by: Maine State Museum Date: 1844 Location: Brewer Media: Daguerreotype

Item 104432

Drawing of a woman on a tintype, ca. 1870

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1840 Media: Tintype

Item 26513

Diantha Cole Edwards Memorial, 1859

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1859 Media: Silk and hair on paper


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Art of the People: Folk Art in Maine

For many different reasons people saved and carefully preserved the objects in this exhibit. Eventually, along with the memories they hold, the objects were passed to the Maine Historical Society. Object and memory, serve as a powerful way to explore history and to connect to the lives of people in the past.


Capturing Arts and Artists in the 1930s

Emmie Bailey Whitney of the Lewiston Journal Saturday Magazine and her husband, noted amateur photographer G. Herbert Whitney, captured in words and photographs the richness of Maine's arts scene during the Great Depression.


Drawing Together: Art of the Longfellows

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is best know as a poet, but he also was accomplished in drawing and music. He shared his love of drawing with most of his siblings. They all shared the frequent activity of drawing and painting with their children. The extended family included many professional as well as amateur artists, and several architects.

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Early Maine Photography - Art

… byMaine Historical Society An image of another folk art portrait survives in the daguerreotype of a painting of Eliphaz Chapman of Gilead.

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Early Maine Photography - Art - Page 1 of 2

A circa 1830-50 folk art painting of a woman wearing a bonnet was copied on a tintype. More formal portraits are represented in daguerreotype copies…

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John Martin: Expert Observer - Illustrations

… written commentaries -- and are important as folk art as well. Some of the illustrations are available, organized into various topical categories…