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Catalog Number 2012.011
Object Name Painting
Scope & Content Original oil painting of the Morrison Mill probably done from the Shell Dock in Fidalgo Bay by Carous Verhaeren.

The painting was a gift to donor, Mary and Bob Schoen from Roemer and Lily Agner who had owned it. They met the artist in Arizona, where the aritist was recovering from an illness. Carolus Verhaeren, the artist, came north to visit the Agners for some time and stayed in their guest house. Carolus painted in the islands and Anacortes in the 1950s.

Painted on canvas. Framed in light brown wood moulding frame

Painting = 20" x 24"
Wooden frame = 24" x 28"
Title "The Mill"
Caption Morrison Mill from Shell Dock in Fidalgo Bay
Notes Letter from artist that came with the painting from Mrs. Schoen [sounds like: "shane"]:

Tel. G 5-6691
Carolus Verhaeren
Portrait Painter
1111 Torry Pines Road
LaJolla, Calif

September 11, 1952

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Agner:

Thank you for your nice letter and check.

Please don't think you're a poor picture salesman Mr. Agner. Perhaps you just forgot to take your colored photograph down.

All kidding aside, I think you did remarkably well, and I certainly appreciate your interest. After all, you didn't have too many to choose from; and some of the subjects are some of my first attempts in your part of the country and perhaps didn't catch quite the mood one would get after knowing the country better.

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For instance the last thing I did there; the Madrona tree and of course the one on Bell Island stack up well with the best of my things in my studio. Also the painting of the driftwood I told you about. I'm anxious for you to see this.

I just received a letter from the Graves Gallery in San Francisco and they have changed the date. My show there is moved up to the month of November. So, I'll take my show there then. So, you can send my paintings any time before that, to the above address.

Enclosed is one design (the first that came to me) for your frame. I made it in this case for the general proportion of the tree painting Bell Island. About a 4" wide moulding ought to be about right. After drawing the

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Design on one half the frame it can be traced and reversed on the other half. Then with a V tool carve the outlines, and perhaps tool the background. Rounding off the design as much as you feel necessary.
If you'd like an actual size drawing to trace I could make that for you. Don't hesitate to tell me what you would like.
Say, I'd be mighty proud to be named or rather have one of your famous Raccoons around after me. Evidently they did see some of my good points; and besides they probably realize that you can't really blame anyone for stealing that wonderful brand of Graham Cracker A.B.C.

Also Lily, have you ever found anyone that appreciated your food more than I? You're a wonderful cook and without words I _____ I told you so better than anyone could have.

Enough for now: so with my very best to you [written up the left side of page 3:] both and thanking you again for taking so much trouble to help me sell my work I remain your friend

People VERHAEREN, Carolus
Search Terms Morrison Mill
Morrison MIll Company
Morrison Mill Company dock
oil painting
Subjects Industry - Mill - Lumber
Art - painting