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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
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.
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.