Treasure #81 Strawberry Basket oil painting

Strawberry Basket oil

“Strawberry Basket” is an oil painting by Mollie Lee Clifford. Born on the Isles of Shoals in 1865, Mollie knew Celia Thaxter and the Christensen sisters who were killed in the famous Smuttynose murders of 1873. She even knew the murderer, Louis Wagner! She moved to Dover after her marriage in 1889 and lived at 60 Hill Street until her death in 1918. In addition to her skills with a paintbrush (this is her rendition of a still life by August Laux), Mollie was also a published writer. Her two novels, Yoppy: the Autobiography of a Monkey (1905) and Polly: the Autobiography of a Parrot (1906), are both still available on Amazon.

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