"Scientific American Magazine"
Photograph from the Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.
Rufus Porter was a traveling
folk artist and inventor who decorated walls with stenciled images and original
paintings throughout New England during the first half of the 1800s.
His payment was often "bed and board" rather than hard cash. So
it is very possible that he laid his head down in Townsend Harbor while creating
the scenes on the Reed Homestead's bedroom walls.
His wall paintings were less
costly for home owners than expensive imported wallpaper of the time.
Rufus Porterís Inventions
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