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Six Watercolors of the Village of Delray, Springwells Township, Detroit, Michigan, and attributed to Plum Bateson, daughter of Samuel R. Bateson, a well known Detroit merchant tailor, circ 1890s-1900s.

np (Delray) nd (c 1890s-190 Unsigned watercolors, paper on thin boards, size varies between 9 x 11 and 10 x 12. Colors are muted, tears, chipping, light staining, missing corners. Comes with: a ledger, dated 1894-96 14 x 10, half leather with marbled boards, tabbed unlined pages, 200 pp, including endpapers. Covers very well worn and warped, hinges cracked, ink name of Carl Zabrosky, Delray, Mich., tears soiled, spotted, section of one page removed, rear endpaper removed, twenty pages list payments for lessons in art and music (organ, violin, cello, mandolin and piano) and 23 pages contain music written in pencil. The scenes shown in the watercolors are: sailboats near a dock and smokestacks, commercial structures and the outline of a city in the background; sailboat with a cabin tied up to a dock on which there are three young men, a few narrow towers and trees in the distance; kids skinnydipping ? off a dock with a large tree trunk floating next to it and up aways to the left are a couple of small buildings with a workman carrying out a section of lumber to a barge; woman on the shore looking toward a man at the water’s edge with a fishing pole, sailboat and tugboat in the background, to the left is a road lined with telephone poles which curves off to the right and has several houses and structures alongside it; farmer kneeling in his field with a bushel basket nearby, to the left is a road next to the fenced field and outbuildings to the right; woman picking flowers near a flower-lined road which runs through grassy land (possibly private property), other people in the background, untethered horse grazing nearby and maybe a small body of water to the left. When these watercolors and ledger were acquired the seller indicated that Samuel R. Bateson was the artist and an early supporter of an art museum in Detroit and that the scenes were of Delray (now part of Detroit). Bateson’s daughter Plum was an artist so it is quite likely that she painted these scenes. (She was listed in the 1889-90 Detroit city directory as an artist). The link to Delray is provided by Bateson’s grandson, Samuel R. Bateson (his father was Samuel R. Bateson Jr.) who married Harriet "Hattie" A. Zabrosky of Delray (wedding date unknown). As of 1903, she was still unmarried and listed as a music teacher living at her father’s house on Burdeno in Delray. In an 1897 directory, a Carl F. Zabrosky, artist, was listed at the same Delray address as Hattie, 30 Burdeno Ave. so the ledger is most likely his. By 1908, Hattie was married and gave birth to a daughter, Harriet E. Bateson. Samuel R. Bateson, who arrived in Detroit in the mid 1860s was the head of a prosperous family. Both Samuel and his brother Solomon each had tailoring businesses and employed their sons and relatives. Plum Bateson, artist and daughter of Samuel R. Bateson, married lawyer Harry L. Shellenberg in 1893 appeared to share her interest in arts and crafts, It is possible that the Plum became familiar with Delray because of her nephew’s wife Hattie. Delray, which became a village in 1851 was starting to lose its rural quality by the 1880s as industries large and small saw the benefits of large areas of land near the water. One of the most famous sites in Delray had been the Detroit International Exposition of 1889; by 1894 the site was occupied by Solvay Process Company which manufactured soda ash, coke, core compounds, etc. As a bonus, items come with a length of black and yellow ribbon in which is woven in the name S.R. Bateson Jr. Detroit in several "boxed" sections, 1" x approx. 25.5 in length, very good condition. AND photo postcard of the interior of a tailor shop, bolts of fabric stacked high on table and four gentlemen of varying ages standing in the center. No notation but supposedly Samuel R. Bateson and family. Creasing, abrasions, soiling else good. The watercolors are attractive and would look nice framed. Anything relating to Delray is extremely scarce. S old as a lot. Sold as is.

Book Id: 98-5330

Price: $2,000.00

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