Saturday, November 14, 2009

Amazing find, tucked into a book

On an antiquing trip along the CT coastline, I happened upon a small store that I almost neglected. But a wise teacher once told me that unexpected finds sit waiting to be discovered in the most unlikely places. As I was thumbing through an old book, twenty one small drawings fell out! All were written on the backs of letters between two family members , and dated 1866. They were obviously made by small, but extremely imaginative children, and they were clearly worth much more than the $10 price tag on the book. So I made my way up to the dealer, showed my find, and we negotiated a new price for the lot. This all happened years ago, but these small childhood drawings remain one of my favorite collections. The one with the alligator looks like a Traylor to me!


  1. Sorry, my english is really bad but im from Chile, a litle and long country in southamerica. Im a blogger too and looking for some outsider artist i found your blog. Its amazing!. Here in santiago, the capital of Chile, we are triying to make the first proyect with outsider artist, people in psychiatric centers with talent for painting and writting.

  2. Thank you for your post Roberto! I hope you are successful in your project of showing this important art.

  3. I thrilled to read this post of yours - what an exquisite find! I can just imagine how you must have felt when you discovered these treasures.
    Happy new year!

  4. Thank you Shayna! I have four of them framed and hanging low on my kitchen wall, so passing grandchildren can discover them! Happy, Healthy and Exciting New Year to you as well!