The Writers' Program of the Work Projects Administration produced travel guides to various parts of the United States, along with offering artists an opportunity to paint and sketch everywhere from San Diego to Portland, Maine. This lovely digital collection from the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore brings together over 120 drawings, watercolors, and other items by the artist Aaron Sopher. Sopher was born in East Baltimore in 1905 and after attending the Maryland Institute, College of Art he worked for the Baltimore Sun as a freelancer and also drew cartoons for the New Yorker. In the late 1930s he was under the employ of the Writers' Program, and during that time he produced these works, drawn with distinctive style. They include views from Riverside Park, images of colorful characters at the race track, and the Maryland Yacht Club. It's a fine look back in time and a possible source of inspiration for artists and other creative types.


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