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Wolfe Island

a late 19th century gilded age romance set on the st lawrence river seaway

Meredith Wells is an accomplished botanical illustrator of an upstate New York island region’s native plants. The return of her erstwhile friend Tristan Wolfe brings intimate memories to the surface, and with them an expansion of her artistic repertoire. Wolfe and Meredith’s reunion is a spectacle, but nothing compared to the accidental circulation of her anatomical studies. Of him. Cover Art Tracy Hetzel.


Wolfe Island cover art sketch. Tracy Hetzel. Long Blue Straw.

Wolfe Island region

Bottom half of RWO ad.

RWO advertisement.

Rome, Watertown, Ogdensburg -- the RWO. This is a schedule from June 1893. Trains arrived from the city in the early morning, and left again in the afternoon.

Empress steamers. The near future of Wolfe's "big ships".

The Empress of Ireland. Sunk on Wolfe's international seaway in 1914 twenty years after the Seaway Commission was launched. 1,015 passengers and crew lost their lives. No shipwrecks in Wolfe Island. Maybe in the next book....

≒ Gibson Girls ≓ Illustrations from the Belle Époque - Charles Dana Gibson.

He wanted to know why she had drawn his anatomy. She had been unable to stop thinking of his anatomy as soon she learned he was scheduled to return. She couldn't very well tell him that. “You happen to be the only man I’ve seen…” She waved a hand in the direction of the page. He might have made a small growl in the back of his throat. “You couldn’t have seen anything. I wasn’t naked.” The emphasis made his meaning clear. “I didn’t see it. I felt it.” There. He did growl." drawing:SCnudepainting.

"What in the world had she been thinking? Therein lied the problem. He knew what she’d been thinking. And it thrilled him. He was thrilled. From the moment he’d awoke that morning, he had been fighting the urge to grin like a madman. He had encouraged her last night. He couldn’t help himself. He ached to encourage her again. She had sketched him, naked. The idea again brought a smile to his lips, which he tamped down with a mask of sullen disapproval" (c. G. Torre, Wolfe Island)

Meredith cleared her throat before making the introduction. “Holly, this is Dorothea. Dorothea, this is Holly Van Ogden.” Meredith’s own erotic drawings paled in comparison to Dorothea’s near-scientific renderings. She cleared her throat again. “Dorothea is working on a botanical series to highlight the beauty of a woman’s reproductive system" (c. G. Torre, 2014). Calla Lily 'Night Cap'. Longfield Gardens

Calla Lily Night Cap

"Every year since the Wolfe’s first arrival, Meredith sketched Wolfe an osprey’s nest and had the picture waiting for him each spring. For the last four summers, she had continued to deliver the pictures to Wolfe Island. He may have been absent for five years, but perhaps he had not forgotten her. She had seen the name of his boat. He had christened her The Osprey’s Nest" (c. G. Torre, Wolfe Island, 2014).

The week in wildlife – in pictures

Wolfe eyes.

Frédéric Dufaux born July 12, 1852 in Geneva, Switzerland died July 2, 1943 (90) in Geneva, Switzerland

Long Blue Straw. Tracy Hetzel. Going batman.

Long Blue Straw

Long Blue Straw - thinking about a cover.

Long Blue Straw


Mrs. Elliott Roosevelt (Anna Hall, 1863-1924), 1893. Artist: Katherine Arthur Behenna (ca. 1860-1924). Eleanor Roosevelt opened her autobiography with the declaration: “My mother was one of the most beautiful women I have ever seen.”

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Zorn exhibit was at the Legion of Honor, San Francisco. Although Zorn is a household word in Sweden, he is not as well known here but he should be as he was, in fact, one of the most important portraitists of the Gilded Age.