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Watercolor by Salem Female Academy Student
watercolor and ink on paper, finely rendered floral wreath encircles the following script "The Lord God is a sun and shield: no good thing will he withold (sic) from them that walk uprightly Ps. 84:11. / From your Friend L.C.B. / 1858."
SS 10 x 12.5 in.; DOA 18.5 x 20.5 in.
Founded in 1772 as the Little Girls' School in Salem Village, Salem Female Academy is the oldest female educational institution remaining a women's college. This watercolor was completed by Louise Charlotte Blickensdorfer in 1858. Louise was born on March 14, 1795 in Hope, NC, the daughter of Rev. Samuel Gottlieb Kramsch and Susanna Elisabeth Langaard. She is registered as entering the Salem Female Academy in 1814 and leaving in 1831. She re-enters the school in 1833 as Mrs. Blickensdorfer of Ohio, and leaves again in 1837. She and her husband settled in Dover, Ohio. Her death date has not been confirmed. An article in the Magazine Antiques by Betty Ring, "Salem Female Academy," illustrates a very similar watercolor by Louisa in the collection of the Wachovia Museum, Old Salem (September 1974).