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John Martin: Expert Observer

Barnyard gate design, Bangor, 1867

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Barnyard gate design, Bangor, 1867
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Description

John Martin (1823-1904) designed this barnyard gate -- one of a number of gates he designed for different uses.

Martin, an accountant and shopkeeper in Bangor, who was interested in architecture, landscape design, gardening, dancing, and numerous other topics, drew the series of gate designs in his "Scrap Book 3," one of five volumes he wrote and illustrated about his life and experiences in the Bangor area. This illustration is on page 10.

His description noted, "I have represented a 5 foot tight bound fence for a yard this is convenient for fowles but is unhealthy for cattle and more so for sheep. All animals should have air but this style of fence might be used with the best advantage on the north and up of the west side of the yard then follow around the rest of the yard."

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