- Beans, L. L.
The Life and Work of Edward Hicks
The Author, Trenton, New Jersey, 1951, Wraps, , , Very Good
32 pp. illustrated. Staples rusting, very light wear. One of 799 copies printed. The author: 'I was born in Newtown, Pennsylvania in 1904, and lived there the first 24 years of my life. My home was only a five minute walk from Edward Hicks' workshop, which, unfortunately, was destroyed by fire during the early part of my life. I was well acquainted with many owners of Hicks paintings and had access to study them by merely visiting the homes of the owners. I have made a small collection of his paintings from both my own family, and private owners, two of which have been illustrated in this book. I have also illustrated a tavern sign from my collection. My main desire in writing this book has been to have as many varieties of Hicks' work represented as I could locate, with as many unusual subjects as possible. I hope all who read this small account of Edward Hicks may find something to add to their knowledge of a great man who led a common and plain, but very useful life.' Interesting source re provenance of Hicks items. Illustrated are not only tavern signs, but a covered bridge sign that graced the bridge at Washington's crossing and depicts such. The author treats Hicks' life, his work, Washington crossing the Delaware, Illustrations of farm scenes, biblical scenes, historical scenes, and tavern and bridge signs, with the author's comments.