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Title A Basket of Chips: An Autobiography
Creator Harwood, James Taylor, 1860-1940
Subject Artists; Painters; Artists' writings
Subject Local Harwood, James Taylor, 1860-1940; Artists--Utah--Biography; Harwood, Harriett Richards, (1870-1922)
Description These memoirs of Utah artist and teacher James T. Harwood cover a wide range of subjects including farming, gardening, bird watching and cooking. But, primarily, "A Basket of Chips" is about his early love, Harriett Richards, and their life together.
Publisher Tanner Trust Fund University of Utah Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
Contributors Olpin, Robert S.; Ward, Margery W.; Cooley, Everett L.; Madsen, Brigham D.; Tyler, S. Lyman
Date 1985
Type Text
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Language eng
Relation Is part of: Utah, the Mormons, and the West, no. 12
Coverage 1860-1940
Rights Management University of Utah, Copyright 2001
Holding Institution J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah.
Source Physical Dimensions 14.5 cm x 22.75 cm
Source Characteristics Printed Hard Cover Book
Scanning Technician Karen Edge
Metadata Cataloger Kenning Arlitsch; Jan Robertson
Call Number N 6537 H364 A2 1985
ARK ark:/87278/s6zs2vsj
Topic Artists; Painters; First person narrative
Setname uum_ttb
Date Created 2005-04-20
Date Modified 2011-04-07
ID 327930
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6zs2vsj

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Title Basket of Chips, page 022
Description A Basket of Chips After that I made considerable progress by myself in paint- ing still life and landscape. At the age of twenty I decided that I must go away to study as soon as I could raise enough money. I had become an expert workman in the three branches of the trade, - harness, saddles, and whips, and it was my father's wish to keep me with him." But the opportunities in a small town were very limited and I early resolved to reach out. The California School of Design in San Francisco offered advan- tages that might come within my reach. By carefully hoarding every cent I could earn, by the time I was twenty-five, I made my plans and broke the home ties: going out for myself. That fall I left my home to enter the San Francisco art school .G It took a great deal of courage to leave my dear par- ents, brothers and sisters, knowing that never again would I be more than a visitor at the old home.' 5 Harwood wrote that his mother was far more considerate of her children than his father. He felt she was more sympathetic to his plans for his future, but in his father's memoirs the elder James wrote "After Jim [J. T.] was old enough he worked with me in the shop and we worked up a good business. Jim was a good hand in the shop although his taste was in another direction . . . drawing and painting, but I could not see that he could make a living out of it, so I thought he had better learn the trade and if he ever was in need that would do to fall back on. We kept on with the harness [business] . . . . Our next oldest daughter Ann was married . . . and one year after she died . . . . That was the most sorrowful we experienced . . . . The sorrow and anxiety almost used mother and myself up and for years the effect remained. Previous to this time, Jim was intending to go to San Francisco, but put it off for a year." Harwood, "Auto- biography," 22, 24-25. 6 The California School of Design was headed by Virgil Williams (1830- 1886), who "was an outstanding teacher. He was the first director of San Fran- cisco's California School of Design and he made that institution his life work." Doris Ostrander Dawdy, Artists of the Amehuz vest (Chicago: The Swallow Press, 1980), p. 251. The picture Grnpe StzAy, submitted in application to the California School of Design by Harwood, was declared by Virgil Williams to be "the best applica- tion picture ever brought to the school. It was hung with the San Francisco exhibition." Hurwood Art Exhibition, 8, no. 3. 7 James Harwood's thoughts on the subject of his son's departure are in con- trast to J. T.`s feelings that his father was insensitive to his artistic aspirations. "The time had come when Jim must leave us and . . . he started for San Fran- cisco to become a student in the School of Design . . . . When Jim left my main help was gone and my calculations in regard to business blown away. I intended we would go into business and build up something extensive in the harness and 22
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Source A Basket of Chips: An Autobiography
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Date Created 2005-04-14
Date Modified 2005-04-14
ID 327502
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6zs2vsj/327502