An Old Textile Mill Sketched in Watercolor

The historic Bancroft textile mill was featured in my book, "The Brandywine:  An Intimate Portrait" but now is collapsing.  New townhomes have been added, at left.  This quick watercolor sketch suggests its appearance in afternoon light, under the enormous yellow-brick smokestack.  Artists ought to record endangered buildings like this one.  William Bancroft, owner of the mill, established America's best collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings.