Bronwyn’s Library Blog

LA High School Library Unwittingly Houses Valuable Artwork

Posted by bronwynr on March 23, 2009


The teens at Louisiana’s Bolton High School had no clue about the treasure trove housed in their library—and it wasn’t just the books. It turns out that the two paintings of oak and pine trees, which have hung in the media center for decades, are by American artist Ellsworth Woodward—and they’re valued at $300,000.

It all started a few years ago, when Charlene Johnson, a media specialist at the school, began researching the artist online. She discovered that Woodward, who was born in 1861 in Seekonk, MA, became the head of the art department of the Newcomb School at Tulane University and is considered to be instrumental in developing Newcomb Pottery, an important part of the Arts and Crafts Movement from about 1870 to 1920. more » » »

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