In a previous post (here), I unveiled new photographs of Bernt Olsen Bonn (1856-1937) and Bertha Pettersdatter Aaberge (1865-1936) which were obtained last year from our Norwegian cousins in the Sogndal area.
This summer, we brought back from Minnesota the bulk of my Mother’s papers, poems, and photographs. The stuff filled our SUV and I am now engaged in the arduous process of going through it.
In so doing, I came across two large, original drawings of Bernt and Bertha Bonn. Bernt’s is 14 x 17 inches and Bertha’s is 16 x 20 inches. I believe the medium is charcoal. Their condition is shockingly good, although Bertha’s has a large vertical tear in it. The images are on some sort of thick paperboard.
Bernt Olsen Bonn drawing:
Bertha Aaberge Bonn drawing:
The drawings are clearly based on photographs. In Bertha’s case, her drawing is based on the exact same photograph I found in Norway last year, displayed above. Note the star-shaped collar pin in both the photo and the drawing.
In Bernt’s case, I haven’t seen the photograph on which this drawing is based but his hairstyle and moustache are very similar to photographs taken about 1892. Bernt and Bertha were married on 6 February 1892 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Montevideo. I’m assuming the drawings were created then as well, but I guess they could have been created any time afterward, even sometime in the 20th century by a descendant. That might explain the excellent condition.
The images presented here are actually smaller than the originals because both drawings are too big for my flat-bed scanner.
In any case, what a wonderful family treasure! I’m still debating what to do with them. We have limited wall space but they are begging to be framed and hung.