Item #8463 The Residence of Capt. W. A. Sanborn Weirs Bridge Guilford NH. John B. Bachelder.

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Bachelder, John B.

The Residence of Capt. W. A. Sanborn Weirs Bridge Guilford NH.

Gilford, New Hampshire, 7 July 1857. Watercolor, 4.875” x 7.5” oval on larger paper (5.25” x 8”), pencil title, date, and signature below image. CONDITION: Very good, very light foxing, slight toning and a few small spots to margins.

A charming original watercolor view of the home of Captain Winborn Adams Sanborn and its environs, by important New Hampshire artist and prominent Battle of Gettysburg historian John B. Bachelder.

Taken from a somewhat elevated vantage point and overlooking Lake Winnipesaukee with the White Mountains and its foothills in the distance, this view shows the pasture and large white farmhouse belonging to Sanborn (b. 1810), who captained several of the earliest steamers on the lake—among them the Belknap and the famous Lady of the Lake—and constructed a large hotel, initially called Hotel Weirs and later named Hotel Sanborn, at the Weirs, a popular vacation area adjacent to Gilford. Sanborn worked the sea as well as the lake, spending his winters along the southern coast of the United States.

John Badger Bachelder (1825–1894) was a portrait and landscape painter born in Gilmanton, New Hampshire. After spending several years teaching in Pennsylvania, he returned to his home state and set up a studio in Manchester, producing some thirty-five town views between 1854 and 1863, which were published as lithographs. In 1862, Bachelder accompanied the Army of the Potomac to the front, collecting data, making views and maps, and recording the history of the major battles, many of which he witnessed. Bachelder’s career as a town view-maker effectively came to an end in 1863, when his interest in the Battle of Gettysburg became all-consuming. He conducted countless interviews with battle participants, produced an important bird’s eye view of the battle (his pièce de résistance) as well as a set of three maps (one for each day of the battle), commissioned a panoramic painting of the battle and toured the country with it, took a leading role in erecting battlefield monuments, organized reunions, wrote both a guide-book and a history of the battle, and served as Superintendent of Tablets and Legends for the Gettysburg Battlefield Memorial Association.

A lovely watercolor by an important New Hampshire artist and view-maker.

REFERENCES: History of Laconia, Belknap County, New Hampshire,” transcribed by Janice Brown at New Hampshire Genealogy & History at SEARCHROOTS online; Reps, John. Views and Viewmakers of Urban America, p. 159 (for Bachelor biography).

Item #8463

Price: $2,500.00

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