(by Fred Lynch, near Boston Massachusetts)
"When I say a nice house, I mean a handsome house--old, tottering, and not exactly comfortable to English notions: a house a little off the perpendicular and inclined to fall into the neighboring canal; exactly the house for a wandering artist to depict; all the more that you could scarcely see it for the ivy and a magnificent old tree which grew over the door."
-Jules Verne, from Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864)
It was my cousin Tom Lynch, who found this terrific quote, which speaks so well to Urban Sketchers in general, and me specifically. Tom's the kind of close reader that an author appreciates. There's little that he doesn't notice.