It’s rare that we keepers of special collections can’t give you a long-winded discussion of each item our hallowed walls retain (snicker, snicker). Occasionally however, we know very little about items that find their way into our collections. This is indeed the case with the watercolor image you see above.
What We Know: This small watercolor, measuring 9″ x 7″, is part of the Anne Bachman Hyde Collection. Mrs. Hyde (1868-1959) was a local historian and book collector in Chattanooga. The picture is titled “Carrick Castle” and signed by “C. MacLean 1904.” On the back, Mrs. Hyde has written: “Given to Anne Bachman Hyde by the Scotch artist Miss MacLean in Fort Worth, Texas, 1904. Carrick Castle in Scotland was the seat of Lord Ullin of the ballad “Lord Ullin’s Daughter.”
What We Want to Know: Who was the artist, C. MacLean? Consulting our resources in Lupton Library, we did not find any information on a British or Scottish woman artist with the last name of MacLean and the first initial “C.” Nor could we find anything online. Also, what else did she paint, and where, if any, are her paintings housed or exhibited? If you have any information, we would certainly be grateful to receive it!
In Other News: Next week you will be reading a post written by our intern, Paul Wilson. We are looking forward to seeing what he digs up for us!