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The Private Sketchbook of George T. Morgan, America's Silver Dollar Artist Hardcover – December 4, 2012
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I was invited to share with the research team documents and photos of my ancestor and to help them piece together his journey to the United States. I was blown away by the quality of research and what the team was able to find out about his life. For example, they used the price tag sticker on the notebook to identify the store where the journal was purchased. From there, they could place Morgan in a certain neighborhood. The researchers then went to that same area of London in search of clues that might have informed his art. Were certain patterns in the book present on any of the buildings that were standing at the time?
The notebook itself is fascinating - it includes his sketches of eagles, women's faces, and decorative oak leaves. You can see an idea take form right before your eyes. In it you see the birth of the Morgan Dollar.
By publishing a compete sketchbook of a great artist from the late 1800s, we gain a unique insight into the origins of some of the most recognizable objects of art in our culture - the designs of our coins.
Coupled with a one of a kind look at the development of an artistic idea, this book provides valuable insights into the life and times of the artist. Using keen observation and investigative tactics you might suspect by a detective, you find out about how Mr. Morgan lived and what brought him to the United States.
This book is great choice for anyone interested in the origins of U.S. coins, browsing through an artist's notebook, and the story of an immigrant coming to America and immediately contributing to the life and fabric and history of the country. I highly recommend it!
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I was hoping for a bit more insight however a quick read but enjoyable and found the sketches very interesting.. In retrospect I wouldn't have spent the moneyPublished 17 months ago by Thomas A Boyd