The Anson Lapham Place

Found in a house in Connecticut, an original, signed pencil sketch by William M. Beauchamp, entitled “Residence of Anson Lapham, Esq., Ska.” This is today’s Roosevelt Hall. Anson Lapham bought the house in 1858, and lived in it from 1861 to 1876. The Rev. William Martin Beauchamp (1830-1925) was an Episcopal priest, artist and ethnologist who grew up in Skaneateles. I would guess the sketch dates from some time between 1865 and 1870; I wouldn’t be surprised if Beauchamp put himself in this sketch, sailing the boat in the foreground. My thanks to Sue Spalding for sharing this treasure.

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