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John Martin: Expert Observer

Design for rustic fence, gate, Bangor, 1867

Contributed by Maine Historical Society and Maine State Museum
MMN Item 101193 Item Details
Design for rustic fence, gate, Bangor, 1867
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In one of five volumes he wrote recalling his life and experiences and commenting on contemporary events in the Bangor area, John Martin (1823-1904) drew a number of illustrations of what he saw as the ideal gates and fences for different locales and purposes.

This is "Gate No 1 and two patterns for rustic fence." Martin wrote, "Of all the thing beautifull and convenient a mans house barn and gates should constitute three, well the fourth, his cellar the fifth his grounds the sixth, the passage to a house barn garden field or pasture is one continual pleasure or source of vexation."

It appears on page 7 of Scrap Book no. 3.

Martin, an accountant and shopkeeper, also was interested in architecture, gardening and landscaping, dancing, his family, politics, education, and numerous other topics. His five volumes contain narrative details and illustrations, many of them in color.

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