A photograph of a carving by Edbury Hatch of the Seal of the State of Maine. Hatch (1849-1935) had apprenticed as a ship figurehead carver, but found little work remaining in the trade when he finished his four-year program in 1870.
This carving had hung over the back door and was one of many carvings at his home in Newcastle, Maine. An article in the December, 1948 issue of Magazine of Art included several photographs and detailed descriptions of his work (p. 308-311).
Another article in DownEast magazine in September, 1981, indicates that when the last surviving Hatch sibling died in 1942, there were no near relatives. Writers Henry Beston and his wife, Elizabeth Coatsworth Beston, made efforts to have the house preserved and eventually purchased several carvings and transferred them to their property, Chimney Farm, in Nobleboro.
The Bestons donated the state seal carving to the University of Maine in 1974, where it is on display in the Special Collections Department of Raymond H. Fogler Library.
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