Overall: 4 11/16 x 2 9/16 in. (11.9 x 6.5 cm), irregular
Inscribed at lower center in graphite: I. Greenwood / Inst. Maker / 199 Water St.; along right edge vertically: Uncle Isaacs in Water Street; verso inscribed below inverted sketch: Water St. 199. / I. Quinzes[?]--. / John [?]
A sketch of the outside front of the Isaac Greenwood House, once at 199 Water Street, with a verso sketch of the floor plan of the house. Isaac Greenwood III (1795-1865) was a maker of scientific instruments who succeeded his brothers, John and Clarke, in 1810, in the business known for developing and manufacturing the Dry Card Compass. Noted engraver William Rollison engraved the inner cards for the Greenwoods' compasses. Isaac Greenwood III was the grandson of Isaac Greenwood I (1702-1745), a noted Professor of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy at Harvard from 1727-1738. His father, Isaac II, was an ivory turner in Boston.
Gift of Misses Eliza R. and Mary M. Greenwood, 1942
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