Stenciling and Murals


Good morning everyone. I hope you are enjoying reading about stenciling as much as I am enjoying writing about it for you. In the photo above is a stenciled wall done by Moses Eaton, viagra it was found in a room where there is a mural painted by Rufus Porter. In a book called Rufus Porter Yankee Pioneer, cialis it makes mention that the two artists worked together at times. Below are pictures of murals with stenciling, both murals were found in the Prescott Tavern in N.H., built in 1803 and sadly was demolished in 1950. These are perfectly preserved examples of both men’s early works were done in 1824 and are now stored in the Goyette Museum in Peterborough, N.H.



Most stencilers were itinerant professionals, but there were also amateurs. In America today, there are only 15 known stencilers, and that’s because stencilers seldom signed the walls they decorated. Moses Eaton is our best known stenciler. Back in the 1930′s his kit was discovered and it contained 78 stencils!! This wonderful discovery made his work easy to identify. Moses Eaton Jr. learned stenciling from his father, a professional stenciler. Moses Eaton Jr. was a farmer. When he was a young man he hired help for his farm so he could travel from Hancock, New Hampshire, where he lived, to head north through New Hampshire and into Maine. His patterns were big and bold and he had a feel for design and color. Often his designs were copied by other stencilers. Eventually tastes and styles changed and wallpaper became cheaper and more readily available. Stenciling went out of style, but Moses Easton was a creative artist. He made wooden butter prints and stencils for use on furniture. He even wove linen from flax! He printed it with wooden blocks with leafy and floral designs, which he sold probably for use in embroidery. So that’s your lesson on stenciling for the day. One more post about stenciling and that will be it. Until tomorrow-

4 Responses to “Stenciling and Murals”

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    Carole, I just found your blog and found it very interesting. You’ll have to look at my blog Toile In A Days Work to see my rendition. I found it very funny to see someone had the same thought as I.

  2. Pear Tree Primitives Says:

    Carole~ this is very interesting. I would love to see some of these historically stenciled rooms and walls in person! Thanks for sharing.

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