Waterwheel powered grits mill from original drawing by Frederick W. Pencil signed " Frederick W Bartlett", titled "Grits Mill #1".
Number 151 of an edition of 400. But believed to be an early work, prior to 1970. Recently acquired in Northern Virginia. He was a largely self-taught artist, showing exceptional drawing ability from a young age.
In 1969, while woking as a writer and attending college, he drew his first drawing of a local coal mine, at Glen Lyon, PA. By 1972, 12 mines had been sketched and, following a lay-off from his job that year, he launched his career as a full -time artist.
A grant from the National Endowment for the Arts was awarded Bartlett in December of 1972 allowing him to expand his series on the mines. In March of 1973, the Smithsonian's Museum of History and Technology in Washington DC, featured Bartlett's original pen and ink drawings in an exhibit entitled "When Coal was King" opened in November of 1974. His drawing eventually expanded in many directions, from the mining industry into railroads, grist mills, aircraft, petroleum, and maritime industries. Bartlett earned countless show awards and invitations to display his work at some of the best art shows east of the Mississippi.
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