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This sketchbook was most likely created by artist James E. Taylor, a newspaper illustrator during and after the Civil War.  James E. Taylor was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1839, graduated from Notre Dame, and briefly served with the 10th New York Infantry.  He was particularly noted for the work he did in the American West after the Civil War. 

These fifty-seven pencil drawings show old Philadelphia buildings that remained standing in 1861.  Shops and businesses, a church, a cemetery wall, taverns and hotels, residences, and schools are depicted.  Each is labeled with the building name and location.  While the drawings are dated 1861, the captions have notes added at later dates, noting when buildings were torn down or rebuilt.

The finding aid for the collection is available at: http://findingaid.winterthur.org/html/HTML_Finding_Aids/fol0268.htm.

 
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