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Picture of mysterious Foundry painting found

Miners Foundry staff members want more information on the painting in this photograph.
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Miners Foundry Cultural Center volunteer Elinor Barnes is playing Sherlock Holmes these days.

Last week, Barnes and a crew of volunteers found tucked inside a cardboard box in a storage area at the foundry an undated color photograph of a painting of the building, smokestack and all, one she’d never seen before.

“It’s a lovely picture,” said Barnes, who would like to see the painting. “Very well done … not junk.”



But no one at the foundry recognized the painting, Barnes said.

So she took the photograph to Charles Woods, who, along with late partner David Osborn, owned the Gold Rush-era building in the 1970s and 1980s. Woods didn’t recognize the painting.




Barnes wants to show the picture to a man who worked at the foundry years ago.

The painting shows the stone hall near Bridge Street, Ellen Davis, executive director of the foundry, said Friday. The stone hall now serves as the cultural center’s main meeting room.

“We’d like to know more about (the painting),” Davis said. “It would be nice above the fireplace in the stone hall.”

“If nothing else, we’d like to see it and see if we can make a copy of it,” she said.

Opened in 1859, the building has served as a foundry, blacksmith shop and machine shop. From 1974 to 1989, Woods and Osborn ran the American Victorian Museum at the foundry. The Nevada County Cultural Preservation Trust turned the building into a cultural center in 1990.

If you know anything about the painting, call 265-5040.


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