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Inscription

verso in graphite: The ruins of a tavern which [crossed out] which / once stood at the corner of Bollingbrook + 3rd streets / the site now + for many years past occupied / by a block of 3 story private [crossed out] brick residences. / The building was destroyed by fire in the year / --- On the right is seen this [crossed out] a portion of / the framed Carpenter Shop of Drinkard / + Mc Car[?] - and above + beyond that can / be seen a small bit of the Old / Petersburg Theatre, the interior of / which was considered in its day a model / to be one of, if not the best arranged as its [crossed out] its / stage + auditorium appearance of any / other in the Country. The elder Booth, if he did / not make his debut here played one of his / first engagements in this house [crossed out], if not as / elaborate in ornamental architecture, of any / similar building in the Country. This was also / burnt early in the first half [crossed out] present Century.

Provenance

(Young's Art Shop, Richmond, VA); Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1949; acquired 2015 by the National Gallery of Art

Bibliography
1983
Simmons, Linda Crocker and with the assistance of Adrianne J. Humphrey, et al. American Drawings, Watercolors, Pastels, and Collages in the Collection of the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Washington, DC: Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1983: p. 74, no. 465.