Michigan: 1893. Watercolor drawing on paper. Signed and dated. Sheet measures 8 3/4" x 7 5/8"
This original watercolor drawing by Daniel C. Beard includes four drawings from life of people the artist encountered while visiting Michigan in February of 1893. Around this time, Beard worked as an illustrator for books by Mark Twain, Ernest Crosby, and others. The top half of the drawing includes two watercolor drawings, one color and one black-and-white, of "Johny Martin, Saloon Keeper & 'Hoodlum' owner." On the bottom half are two "types" of the Lumber Region of Michigan, where Beard was visiting. Two capped and bearded men with pipes in their mouth face each other, the elaborate patterns on their clothing competing for the viewer's attention. THe skin and hair on the men's faces is simply yet artfully rendered. This original drawing is in very condition with vivid colors. Daniel Carter Beard (1850-1941) was an American illustrator, author, youth leader, and social reformer. In 1905, he founded the Sons of Daniel Boone, a youth organization that taught American frontier traditions and skills to young boys. In 1910, he merged his organization with the Boy Scouts of America and became actively involved in the Scouts and other youth organizations. This drawing evidences Beard's natural skill as an artist.