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Illustrations for "Bold Words at the Bridge"

Twin sisters, Maude (1871-1905) and Genevieve (1871 - after 1929) Cowles produced the illustrations when this story first appeared in McClure's in April 1899. They  were born in Farmington, CT into the talented Cowles family and studied at Yale. Both were painters, illustrators -- especially for Scribner's and McClure's --, and craftsmen. Together they designed and executed stained glass for Grace Church in New York City and murals for Christ Church in New Haven, CT. Genevieve painted the mural, "Charge to St. Peter" at the Connecticut State Prison. She was also a well-known writer and speaker on prison questions and on Palestine. Their death dates are not given in standard sources.

Title illustration

Local residents have suggested that the mills shown on the right side of this illustration resemble those at Rollinsford, NH, just across the Salmon Falls River from South Berwick, ME. If this is correct, the houses on the left would stand in South Berwick, and the mills in Rollinsford.  Jewett may well have had this setting in mind as she composed her story, but whether the Cowles sisters came to the area and used the mills in their illustrations  is unknown.  Further information is welcome.

"'HOW ARE YOU THE DAY, MRS. DUNL'AVY?'"

"'THANKS BE TO GOD, ME CABBAGES IS VERY FINE.'"

"'IT TAKES TWO TO MAKE A QUARREL, AND BUT ONE TO END IT.'"


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