Book of the Week #22

Finely Carved & Nicely Painted: The Life, Art and Decoys of George H. Boyd: Seabrook, New Hampshire 1873-1941 by Jim Cullen, photography by Andrew Davis. (Rye, NH: published by the author, 2009)

George Boyd lived in Seabrook, NH and created hunting decoys "in five species of ducks and geese and two species of shorebird. His miniatures, however, represent over 65 species of waterfowl, game birds, and songbirds." (p. 58)

Jim Cullen has created the first completed book on the life and work of this gifted decoy sculptor. Numerous beautiful photographs, including some that show how a decoy is constructed, complete the volume.

A favorable review of the title appeared in Rye Reflections. Another recent review of the book said:

"This work is impressively researched and documented. It abounds in references to many and diverse sources from which the author has drawn important information, about Boyd and his work. ... Collectors will be able to use this book to good advantage in identifying Boyd carvings." (Hunting & Fishing Collectibles Magazine, May-June 2009 issue, p. 70)

Cullen will be giving presentations on his book at the Rye Public Library tonight (June 2, 2009) at 7pm and at the Seabrook Library on July 9, 2009.

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