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Charles Lewis Fussell - September 2007
 
 
painting
 
Charles Lewis Fussell
(American, 1840–1909)
The Evans Homestead, Haddonfield, New Jersey, 1901
Oil on canvas mounted on board, 8 × 11 1/2 inches
Signed and dated at lower left: “C. L. Fussell/1901”
Inscribed on reverse: “From my dear friend/From my dear Friend Charles Fussell of Media Pa/to me (Mrs. Margaret B. Lipp in October 1901 at/Haddonfield New Jersey. A painting by him of/our old Colonial home. The Evans Homestead./which was then 154 years old. One, and a half/miles from Haddonfield by the Evans Pond—/[where] we lived for one year and a half and/were very happy—With the beautiful flower and/vegetable garden, apple orchards etc./Mother, Alice, Marguerite, and old Martha the colored/Nanny on the porch.”

RS 3767


This painting represents the northeastern façade of the Evans farmhouse, which still stands in Cherry Hill, just over the border from Haddonfield, New Jersey. The house was built in several stages; the original house was erected by Isaac Kay in 1753. The 80-acre estate was the site of flourishing sawmills and grist mills. The structure is thought to have been a stop on the Underground Railroad during the years leading up to the Civil War. The property was acquired by Cherry Hill Township in 1985 and renamed the Historic Croft Farm; the building has served as the Cherry Hill Arts Center since 1995.

Historic Croft Farm, 2007
Historic Croft Farm, 2007

  


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