Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Sepia Scenes - Fountain



























Sepia Scenes is a great meme that allows us to add this artistic monochrome to any subject to add an artistic touch. Like to this fountain on the grounds of the classic Ansonia Library. The history below was taken from hmdb.org and I happily learned something new too...

Caroline Phelps Stokes, the granddaughter of Anson Phelps, who founded Ansonia, provided the funding for the Ansonia Library. Stokes was a life member of the American Humane Education Society, and her love of horses inspired her to supplement her gift of Ansonia's library building with a public drinking fountain. Located in the shadow of the library, the fountain was placed in memory of Anna Sewell, author of the novel, “Black Beauty” who died in 1878. The fountain, "with water flowing constantly," had a trough on the street side for horses, and a small basin on the library side "from which the human family may quench their thirst."

Four decades ago, this fountain was vandalized and the repairs then were substandard. So a local group has been soliciting contributions to bring the fountain back to its original condition. Restoration should begin later this year. The look is classic, and sepia works quite well here. See more sepia art at Mary’s meme...

8 comments:

maryt/theteach said...

That's wonderful, Ralph, that the community cares enough to restore the fountain to its original beauty! Happy Sepia Scenes! :)

Amanda said...

These pictures are perfect in Sepia! love the date in Roman numerals! I am glad they were able to gather the funds to restore it properly

Patti said...

You could have saved the third photo for Shadow Shot Sunday!

Nice post my dear.

Small City Scenes said...

Perfect subject for Sepia and the good info ties it all together. Thanks. MB

EG Wow said...

Ralph, I hope you'll post a photo of the fountain after it is restored so we can compare the photos!

Marice said...

wow thats a really nice move :) dont forget to take a pic once it is restored!

u may view mine here

lynda howells said...

as usual love your images.xlynda

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LDH said...

I love these sepia shots! Each image is perfect for this tone and probably look better that in full color.