Tuesday, March 2, 2010
(Watercolor on paper, 30" x 22," 2010)
My Grandmother, Sarah Belle Dutton, from a cabinet card album inscribed, "Presented to Sallie Dutton; by her husband Xmas 1896." I believe this photograph was taken before her marriage to my Grandfather, Daniel Hoskins Dutton, in 1893. Mutton leg sleeves were in fashion in the late 1880s. The plant beneath her is one of my mandrakes. Sarah Belle was an artist, needle-worker, herbalist, school teacher, accountant, farm manager, housewife, and the mother of eleven children.
(I'll try to take a better photo of this watercolor when the clouds move on!)