o canvas or board, by brush or pencil, what they saw and told of are few, as search will disclose.
Now, for old Medford vistas let us make search.
Naturally, we turn first to the published histories, only to be disappointed, as the first is of 1855, and scantily illustrated.
The earliest attempt to portray any view or scene in Medford which has come to our knowledge was made (doubtless in 1835) when some one painted a view with the legend, Junction of the River, Canal and Railroad in Medfrnado of August 23, 1851, is there depicted, the locality being the site of the West Medford postoffice and opposite.
How artists' views might differ can be seen in a view of the same place and occurrence in the Illustrated National Mirror.
In 1855 came the publication of the History of Medford, by Rev. Charles Brooks, and in this are eight steel engravings.
Medford had then the Daguerreian Rooms of O. R. Wilkinson, not as yet styled a photographer.
His work forms the basis of three of the
were these owners, would have surrounded their homes with any inferior specimens of art.
There were also two statues on the elder Magoun's estate, which like those already named, are shown in the steel engravings in Brooks' History of Medford (1855). These, with similar marble vases, are mentioned in the letter of Mr. Magoun to the selectmen, as included in his gift, and are shown in the illustration in the Usher publication of 1886.
But where are they today?
On the front lawn of the oldparvo. The farthest house was really as far from High street as is the present 56.
The fence around Mystic Hall was there in 1870, but in line with the oval was a willow four feet in diameter, which could not have grown in the fifteen years since 1855.
Again, we found in 1870 an unsightly outbuilding, screened somewhat (where the oval is shown), on the walls of which various classic quotations were written.
We will quote one:—
Honest man, in the ear of reason, is a grander title than peer