Part documentary, part nostalgic history, and part informational catalogue, Waterfowling on the Chesapeake, 1819–1936 explores a century of hunting on the Chesapeake Bay and its major tributariesfrom the heyday of gun clubs and market shooting to the rise of conservation law. Drawing on oral histories and period documents and artifacts, C. John Sullivan, a longtime collector of decoys and hunting paraphernalia and a frequent guest curator of exhibits, looks at the effects of technological change, the relationship between hunter and dog, the recognition of decoys as folk art, and the history of hunting. He also introduces us to famous and lesser-known carvers and others who share an enthusiasm for this feature of Chesapeake cultural history and life.
|Publisher:||Johns Hopkins University Press|
|Product dimensions:||8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.86(d)|
|Age Range:||Up to 18 Years|
About the Author
C. John Sullivan is director of the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation and a nationally recognized expert, appraiser, and collector of American waterfowl decoys. He is the author of Decoys: North American Carving Masterpieces Calendar for 2010 and 2011; Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Decoys & Long Guns: Tales of Carroll’s Island Ducking Club; and Old Ocean City, the latter published by the Johns Hopkins University Press. He has contributed to Decoy Magazine and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Quarterly and writes a quarterly column, "Collector’s Corner," for the magazine The Canvasback. Decoys in his personal collection have been exhibited at the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, and Maryland Historical Society. He is a lifelong resident of Fallston in Harford County, Maryland.