I lived in Cambridge, Mass. from 1976 until 1988 when I moved to the DC area. For most of my years I lived in an older neighborhood right next to the Harvard Divinity School, which I could see out my window. This neighborhood, known as the "Agassiz" neighborhood after the nearby Agassiz natural history museum, had many picturesque old houses. As now, I was very interested in this vernacular urban architecture, mostly wood frame houses with porches. I did a lot of house portraits, drawing the structure on site and then finishing it with watercolor at home in the studio.
This piece depicts a house right around the corner from my residence. I drew it as a thank-you gift to some folks who had let me stay in their house in suburban Baltimore while I went to Balticon, the annual Baltimore science fiction convention.
Ink and watercolor on Fabriano paper, about 9" x 12", summer 1982.