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F. Luis Mora and his wife Sophia purchased 28 acres in Gaylordsville, in 1913, the land was on the western side of the Housatonic River. The town grew from parcels sold from a farm owned by the Gaylord family.  Mora built a cabin on the site in 1916, which he coined "the nutshell"  and which can be seen upper right on the card below.  Mora designed a home and studio in 1919 after his daughter, Rosemary was born.  It was completed in 1923, 10 years after he purchased the land.  This card is 7 x 5 inches.


The stone edged pool depicted above can be seen in the painting here.

The Toy Boat: Cornelia Safford, daughter of May and Ray Safford  (Scribner's Official) , oil on canvas, 25 x 30 inches, 1914.  Private Collection.   Painting is published in "Artists of the Litchfield Hills," Michael Robert Austin, The Mattatuck Museum, 2003. When Mora's wife, Sophia, died in 1931, he then married the mother of the subject of this painting, May Safford, and Cornelia became Mora's step-daughter.



Miss Gaylord's cows, oil on canvas, 48 x 36 inches, 1913.  Collection, the estate of the artist.  Unrestored and dirty.  Scheduled for restoration, March 2005.










Miss Gaylord's Farm Hand, oil on canvas, 20 x 14 inches. Collection, the estate of the artist.










The Gaylord Brothers' Store, 1924, watercolor on paper, 20 x 14 inches.  Collection, Joss Grandeau.











Two Boys Fishing c1915 - 1920, oil on canvas 30 x 25 inches. Signed lower right. Condition:  Excellent, recently cleaned with new stretcher.  Frame:  Period heavy frame of ebonized wood, outer size 40 x 35 inches.









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