We specialize in Americana, especially manuscript materials. We offer manuscript letters and archives, diaries, journals, personal and business correspondence from the 17th century through the 20th.

  • “Indian Huts Sault Ste. Marie”
    Collection of watercolors, wash drawings, pencil sketches by Andrew Scott consisting of views, botanical sketches and other materials. The collection includes some watercolors by his daughters, and others as well as two photographs. The watercolors are typically mounted on backing sheets and are generally identified either on the backing sheet or on the image itself.
    Andrew Scott’s views are well observed, mindful delineations of each locale he visited or plant he painted. His watercolors are quite detailed visual records of the places he visited while traveling as a sea captain or merchant. Scott, although an amateur artist, was quite skilled as a watercolorist and draughtsman. Scott’s paintings are unusual for the time period: many of his compositions show the influence of photography, for example his view of Niagra from the summer house seems “photographic” in its composition (see below for image). Scott’s use of color is also unusual for his time some of his watercolors are almost impressionistic. The views of the Bahamas, Bermuda, Cuba and Key West are especially fine. (See below for a complete inventory of the collection).           Capt. Andrew Scott, Jr. was a, ship-master, and merchant – and also a talented amateur artist. He was born in Portland, Maine, on the 20th of August, 1798, the son of ship master Andrew Scott (1764-1825), of Paisley, Scotland, and his wife Mary Barbour (1769-1831), the daughter of Hugh Barbour of Portland, Maine.  Scott's parents were married at Portland on 16 September 1794 by the Rev. Samuel Deane. Besides Andrew, the couple had two daughters, Mary and Elizabeth. The elder Capt. Scott purchased in 1807 for Portland the telescope that sat in… more >