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Major John Coffin House in 1812

Object Number: 
1925.174
Date: 
1881
Medium: 
Black ink, watercolor, and graphite on paper
Dimensions: 
Overall: 7 x 9 1/2 in. ( 17.8 x 24.1 cm ) mat: 11 x 14 in. ( 27.9 x 35.6 cm )
Marks: 
signature: lower right: "A.W.S." inscription: lower center: "Major John Coffins' House in 1812" inscription: upper right: "1881, now 5 story ware houses"
Inscriptions: 
Signed at lower right in black ink: "A. W. S."; above: "Reade St."; inscribed at lower center: "Major John Coffins' House in 1812"; at upper left in brown ink: "1881. now 5 story / ware houses"; verso inscribed in black ink: "Major Coffin taught school in Frankfort St. while / the City Hall was being built -- He prepared many / of our Judges for Columbia College at about that time. / The war of 1812 broke up his School, / he having been called into government service / He was a good disciplinari
Gallery Label: 
The following handwritten inscription by the artist is on the reverse of this drawing: "Major Coffin taught school in Frankfort St. while the City Hall was being built. He prepared many of our Judges for Columbia College at about that time. The War of 1812 broke up his school, he having been called into government service. He was a good disciplinarian, never without his cowskin under his arm of which I got a taste occasionally as well as the Judges & Generals..."
Credit Line: 
Gift of John E. Stillwell, M.D.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group