Waiting to make my acquaintance on one of the last walls I've worked on was a self-portrait of a little girl, initialed M.K. I can only guess that this is Mildred Kelly, only child of our house's original owner, John G. Kelly, and future wife of Robert King (of the King Estate, Baywood). She hasn't been alone on the wall all these years though, there are other profiles and initials on this section, although who they might be I don't know.
Cousins, workers, maids? I have no idea. Hopefully we'll encounter more names as our research continues. For now I just hope we can save this section of wall before it crumbles away.
|the drawings are on the small wall to the right of the chimney wall|
I'm grateful for this discovery, in this room, as this room was home to another huge drawing on the plaster which was destroyed by our electrician before I stripped the wallpaper - the only evidence being the outer edges of sketched hills on either side of a gaping hole. What it could have been will haunt me.
Of course, this isn't the only art we've found in the house. Several rooms have sported sketches of room outlines and molding profiles. The best however, and one in a series of strange coincidences that gave rise to our house's name, is found near the floor of the guest bedroom.