So I get this email from Cathy Hunt, who way back when lived in Portsmouth and who says she rescued an old sketch of mine from the trash in 1982. She said she was going to be passing though town, so we met up last week at Cafe Kilim. She hands me this beat-up stained piece of illustration board with a pencil and ink sketch of Penhallow Street:
“You were throwing it out and I saved it and it’s been one of my most cherished possessions from my Portsmouth days. Back in the early 1980s Kate Leavy and Mary Texeira and I worked at Wholly Macro and we lived above Portsmouth Fabric, in the upstairs right-hand apartment of the building in this drawing. Do you want this sketch for your show?”
Turns out this drawing was practice for an illustration I did for Bill Hamilton and Susan Kress Hamilton of Phineas Press. Phineas Press was and still is located in the downstairs left of the building in the sketch, at 108 Penhallow Street. Bill and Susan still run the place and do fine printing and graphic design.
In fact –get this — Susan is right now designing the graphics to advertise my upcoming 30-year retrospective at the Discover Portsmouth Center this August. Wicked small world, eh?
The image that grew from this sketch was used in an Urban Landscape poster. You will be able to see both the sketch and the poster in the show.
Thank you Cathy!
3 thoughts on “Penhallow Street Sketch Rescued from Trash Returns to Portsmouth 30 Years Later”
What a nice person she is. Wish she did not have to move away.
I was happy to find you website – I have one of your pencil sketches dated 1982 of ceres street – it is II 65/100 PAARLBERG @ 1982
PAARLBERG 1980 – I would like to know what the value is – I have it hanging over my desk in my office –
I has the blue Strawberry sign which is no longer – thank you – Donna from Palm harbor, FL
Hi Donna, That is a print, the second edition of that image which was very popular. (I remember taking my college girlfriend out to the Blue Strawbery restaurant in about 1976 or so.) The value is, of course, priceless. Actually, I cannot put a price on it, but I will tell you that those prints (there were two editions of 100 each) sold out at least 20 years ago and I will not making any more of them. I believe there are at least a few people around here who would like one of those, so I expect it is worth a lot more than its original price. Which was probably about $30. I’m glad you enjoy it. B.