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2023 Summer Fine Art & Antiques (Day 2)

Sun, Jul 9, 2023 01:00PM EDT
Lot 814

Walker Sisters Poem Drawing plus Great Smoky Mountains Book

Estimate: $400 - $450

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1st item: Louisa and Hattie Walker, "My Log Cabin Home," framed handwritten poem and illustration, pencil and colored pencil on cream paper. The poem recounts the history of their family's log cabin located in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, and the illustration at the top depicts the cabin. Framed under glass in a black plastic document frame. 11 1/8" H x 8 1/2" W. 2nd half 20th century. History: The Walker sisters spent their entire lives in a log cabin built by their grandfather in the 1840s in Little Greenbriar Cove, located in what is now the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Their parents John and Margaret had 7 daughters and 4 sons. Only 1 of the daughters married and the remaining 6 daughters (Margaret, Polly, Martha, Nancy, Louisa, and Hettie) remained single and at home. When the National Park was established in 1934, the 5 living sisters (Nancy passed away in 1931) refused to leave their home and negotiated a settlement in which they received $4,750 for their land and were allowed to live in the cabin for the rest of their lives. They became unofficial ambassadors of the park and greeted visitors at their cabin and sold them homemade items, including poems. They continued to live a 19th-century lifestyle until the last sister, Louisa passed away in 1964. Source: 2nd item: East Tennessee-related book titled THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS by Laura Thornborough. Published by Thomas Y. Crowell Company, New York, 1937. 160 pages with 16 full-page illustrations from photographs and 27 pen-and-ink drawings by Vivian Moir. Hardcover green cloth, spine and front board lettered in gilt. Cream-colored dustjacket with protective plastic cover.


1st item: Paper with creasing to the center and minor chipping to lower right corner, not examined out of the frame. 2nd item: Light toning to cover with some losses and chipping to edges and corners. Some fading to hardback cover edges.

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