Autographed Block of Wood from John Burroughs' Study at Riverby, Gift to Henry Ford, 1904

Summary

Henry Ford befriended John Burroughs, an internationally known naturalist and writer, in the early 1910s. The two bonded over their love of birds and nature. This memento presented to Ford came from the shelving used in Burroughs' study at Riverby, his home along the Hudson River. The autograph and drawing were done in 1904, well before Ford and Burroughs met.

Henry Ford befriended John Burroughs, an internationally known naturalist and writer, in the early 1910s. The two bonded over their love of birds and nature. This memento presented to Ford came from the shelving used in Burroughs' study at Riverby, his home along the Hudson River. The autograph and drawing were done in 1904, well before Ford and Burroughs met.

Artifact

Plaque

Date Made

1904

Subject Date

28 October 1904

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

00.1510.175

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. From the Estate of Henry and Clara Ford.

Material

Chestnut (wood)

Technique

Pyrography

Dimensions

Height: 6.5 in

Width: .825 in

Length: 3.75 in

Inscriptions

inscribed: October 28 1904 John Burroughs typed label: Autograph of John Burroughs on this block of wood from the book shelves in his one room rustic study in the grounds of Riverby on the Hudson.

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