Drawings from an extraordinary decorated copy book by Dolle Green of Weare, New Hampshire, circa 1794.
The images are decorated in the style of the illuminated manuscript: capital letters are exaggerated in size and their form transformed into figural designs executed in polychrome. These letters are drawn as human figures, including what is most probably a self portrait of the artist on the title image, as well as others decorated with flowers, strange animals, birds and butterflies, and a snake. Page subjects are those of a student: coins, money, addition, subtractions, time, apothecaric, and others. Additional calligraphic flourishes decorate the pages.
Twelve of these drawings are framed, and they are accompanied by their original leather copy book which has the artist's name on its cover and on a later receipt bearing the address of its maker, Weare, New Hampshire, included within it. The leather covers are lined with an Exeter, New Hampshire newspaper dated 1794.
Dolle Green was born in Weare, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire on October 8, 1770. She was the youngest of ten children of Isaiah Green of Kensington, New Hampshire and Mary Purington of Amesbury, Massachusett s. Dolle never married and lived at the end of her life in Weare with Thomas and Mary Breed and their children. She died on May 25, 1853 at age 83.