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John Martin: Expert Observer

Annie Martin, Bangor, 1864

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Annie Martin, Bangor, 1864
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Description

Annie Martin (1855-1889), the second child of John and Clara Martin of Bangor, is shown in four positions from ages 3 to 10 in an illustration her father drew and included on page 646 of his "Journal" in which he recounted his life's activities and experiences.

John Martin (1823-1904), an accountant, was interested in fashion, among many other topics, and generally tried to depict people in his drawings in the costumes they wore.

He wrote that in the illustrated numbered "2," she was making a dress for her doll, telling the cat she could not pick it up because she was busy. He wrote, "even now 1864 she has a very large doll nicely dressed she learned her lessons but was not inclined to read further and she was always very feeling."

Her father wrote of her, "She is always very particular and neat about her best clothes and dotes on them."

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