Schoolgirl Folk Art Map

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Schoolgirl Folk Art Map

A folk art map of the World , watercolor and ink on paper, framed behind glass, painted by Sarah Brush in 1822.

The map consists of a finely rendered double hemisphere, with oceans colored a light blue, countries outlined and colored in red, blue, yellow and green. Australia is titled "New Holland" and Louisiana isn't even mentioned. There are elaborate floral decorations near the borders. The map is inscribed “The World” and “By S. Brush, 1822” in fancy script. In 19th century schools and in private education, it was common for female students to practice geography and drawing by making maps in ink and watercolor.

This map is in good condition considering its age, with some undulations, toning and foxing and several small tears near the border. All told, this is a wonderful piece of early folk art that would enhance any collection.

According to the provenance provided with this map, Sarah Frances Brush was born in 1797, the last of 12 children born to Lemuel Brush, (1745-1831), and Amey Holmes, (b. 1760), in Amenia, NY. This map was done two years before Sarah married her childhood friend and local physician, John William Vethaken, on February 24th, 1824. The union produced ten children, only four of which lived through infancy. One of these, William James Vethake, fought in the Civil War as a Private in the 5th Regiment, New York Infantry Company "A". Sarah Brush died November 2, 1887 in Chillicothe, Ohio.

Dimensions: 21” x 17”; Viewed Area: 19½” x 15½”

Item No. 170119

Price: $3,900.

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