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Shepherd, Charles C

Shepherd's portable slate desk.

Additional Title(s):

Portable slate desk

Passaic, New Jersey : Charles C. Shepherd, [1877?]
Physical Description:
1 drawing slate : double sided ; 19 x 27 x 6 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Z43 .S54 Flat A
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Copyright Status:
Copyright Not Evaluated
Three-Dimensional Artifacts
Charles C. Shepherd, of Passaic, New Jersey, patented a series of slate tablets or "desks" from about 1876 to 1880.
Double-sided stone drawing slate, within wooden frame. Attached to the slate is a wedge-shaped compartment. If the compartment side of the slate is faced down, it serves to provide an angled drawing surface for the opposite side of the slate. The compartment houses a set of six black wooden slats, each side of which bears a series of images (white line drawings) intended for copying. The images include animals, household objects, human faces, numbers, words (in cursive), symbols, and geometric shapes. Presumably, the compartment might also have been used to hold utensils for drawing on the slate.
The top of the storage compartment bears the manufacturer's printed label: "Shepherd's portable slate desk. The copy is placed in a direct line of the focus of the eye, so as to enable the pupil to see the copy, and the execution of the same. ... Patented January 1877."
Subject Terms:
Drawing -- Technique.
Penmanship -- Study and teaching.
Artists' tools -- Specimens.
Blackboard slate.
Drawing books.

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