Item #8546 Castine 1896. William L. Mowill, draftsman.
Castine 1896.
Castine 1896.
Castine 1896.
Castine 1896.
Castine 1896.
Castine 1896.
Castine 1896.
Castine 1896.
Castine 1896.
Castine 1896.
Castine 1896.
Castine 1896.
Castine 1896.
Castine 1896.
Castine 1896.
Castine 1896.

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Mowill, William L., draftsman

Castine 1896.

Castine, Maine, 1896. Oblong sketchbook, 6” x 9”, original maroon cloth. Pen and ink title page with vignettes, 12 pp. of pen and ink sketches (some with traces of pencil), 2 pp. of pencil sketches. Two drawings signed “WLM.” Ownership inscription in ink on the front paste-down reading “William L. Morrill, 124 Otis St., Cambridge, Mass. July 22, ‘96.” CONDITION: Good, spine perished, bit of loss to clot on front cover, coves with some wear and spotting, contents clean and attractive.

A charming series of sketches of Castine, Maine subjects by future Cambridge, Massachusetts architect William L. Mowill, who, on the evidence of this sketchbook, must have summered in Castine as a young man. Includes a charming title page consisting a central circular view of a lighthouse and vignettes of a cottage, a dog, an anchor at the bottom of the sea, and what is probably a view of Trask Rock. The sketches include various exterior and interior architectural subjects, including “The Red Cottage & Fuller’s House,” “Deveraux’s,” etc., a sailing vessel, scenic views , and so on.

“William L. Mowill (1874- 1948) graduated from Cambridge English High School in 1892. He worked in the office of Cambridge architect C. Herbert McClare for two years and graduated from Harvard’s Lawrence Scientific School in 1899. He received a Rotch Travelling Fellowship, and after two years abroad served as an instructor and assistant professor of architecture at Harvard in 1903-10. During this period he lived at 40 Avon Hill Street. He maintained an architectural practice in Harvard Square until about 1912, when relocated to Boston and associated with Roger G. Rand in 1919. The partners remained in practice until 1941. Although the firm designed many residences and apartment buildings in the Boston area, including Barrington Court and the Strathcona on Memorial Drive, Mowill & Rand were best known for their theaters. These included the Central Square Theatre in Cambridge (1925) and theaters in Boston, Allston, Greenfield, Malden, and New Bedford” (Cambridge Historical Commission).

Item #8546

Price: $500.00

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