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Baltimore's Own Little Italy Artist: The Artwork of Tony Desales

French, Rita D.; French, Perrin L.; Lin, Irvin F.

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ISBN 10: 0972359001 / ISBN 13: 9780972359009
Published by Genovefa Press, Palo Alto, California, U.S.A., 2002
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Fine copy as new. This is a wonderful look through an artist eye of Baltimore's Little Italy. The introduction gives a bio of Tony DeSales, with color and duotone photographs, followed by hundreds of beautiful, finely detailed drawings, mainly of buildings - commercial, public and private dwellings in Baltimore's Little Italy. Each drawing is accompanied by a description and brief history of the building, many of them have a color photograph of the building as well. There are many wonderful full color renditions, and some paintings, many color photographs of places and people enjoying life in Little Italy. This book is a wonderful guide to the area, and at books end there are pages of color photographs of post cards sent to the artist, & a map of Baltimore. xiii/225pp. Desirable!. Bookseller Inventory # 000787

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Title: Baltimore's Own Little Italy Artist: The ...

Publisher: Genovefa Press, Palo Alto, California, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition: As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Edition: First Edition

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Baltimore’s Own Little Italy Artist: the artwork of Tony DeSales is a biography/art and a regional history book. It contains sketches and photographs of historic buildings, maritime scenes, churches and rowhouses in Baltimore City, Fells Point and Little Italy. Sketches of historical sites in Washington, D.C., Annapolis and New Jersey are also included. Captions of historical interest are provided with the sketches and photographs. The captions that accompany the artwork range from topics such as Italian and Polish immigration to the East Coast, a history of the founding of the Smithsonian Institution to the history of the Moran Towing Company and the Vane Brothers Chandlery operating out of the Port of Baltimore.

Tony DeSales was a Baltimore institution. He was a self-taught al fresco artist who sold his sketches of Baltimore, Annapolis and Washington scenes from his corner in Little Italy for thirty-five years. Fawn and High Streets is at the intersection of four Italian restaurants where Tony DeSales greeted tourists and made himself the center of the neighborhood. He took care of his mother, who often accompanied him on the corner while he worked. He introduced people to his mother and chatted with celebrities and locals who dined in the Italian restaurants. He did errands for the older Italian ladies in the neighborhood and had a significant influence on many of the local young people. He hand-published a small newspaper that contained stories, poetry and prose about the people of Little Italy.

Many visitors to the Baltimore area collected the artwork of Tony DeSales. He gave out postcards with his sketches on them to tourists and asked them to mail them back to him when they arrived home. The book contains a sampling of the postcards returned to him from all over the world. It is an inspirational story of a man who lived his life to express his artistic talents and who put relationships with people before all other pursuits.

About the Author:

Rita deSales French, a Baltimore native, attended St. Patrick’s School for Girls on South Broadway and Patterson High School in Baltimore. She was a neuro-histology technician at Johns Hopkins Medical School’s Department of Anatomy from 1963 to 1968. She received a B.A., summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Boston University, an M.A. in Education from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Stanford University. She lives and works in Palo Alto, California.

Perrin Lindol French, a native of San Francisco, attended Town School for Boys in San Francisco, Phillips Academy at Andover, Massachusetts, and Harvard College, where he received the David McCord Prize for Promotion of the Arts within the Houses and Harvard Medical School’s Paul M. Howard Prize for humane treatment of patients in a psychiatric setting. He earned his M.D. at the Johns Hopkins University Medical School. He works at the Palo Alto Veteran’s Affairs Health Care System in Menlo Park, California. He and Rita have a daughter, Leslie E. French, who lives in Mountain View, California.

Irvin F. Lin, a native of St. Louis, Missouri, attended Parkway Central High School, Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, where he earned a Painting and a B.A. in English Literature. He did his First year International Baccalaureate at the Rijnland Lyceum, Oegstgeest, The Netherlands and post-graduate study in Graphic Design at Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri. He has received awards for his work in graphic design, including the American Graphic Design Award, the Mercury Award Gold Winner and the Communicator 2000 Award of Distinction. He lives and works in San Francisco, California.

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