Anne Brooke Ellicott (Tyson) Paint Box. Early 1800s, Ellicott’s Mills, Maryland.1996.39.2.1

Anne Brooke Ellicott (Tyson) Paint Box. Early 1800s, Ellicott’s Mills, Maryland.1996.39.2.1

This box labeled, “Osburne’s Water Color Box and Sketches,” includes a stone mixing palette, a water dish, a mixing tool, brushes, and several color cakes. It was owned by Anne Brooke Ellicott (1801–1839), was the granddaughter of Andrew Ellicott, one of the three brothers who established Ellicott’s Mills. Like other educated girls of her day, she was taught to draw and paint, as well as do needlework. Her sketchbook which is also in our collection documents her considerable artistic skill.