electric-pencil

“Around 1910, a patient at State Lunatic Asylum No. 3 in Navada, Missouri, who referred to himself as THE ELECTRIC PENCIL, executed 283 drawings in ink, pencil, crayon and colored pencil. The drawings were done on both sides of 140 consecutively number ledger pages, each bearing the name of the hospital. They were sewn into a hand made fabric and leather album”.

Find out more about the amazing discovery of his artwork at the official site…

Rebel Girl / Around the year 1910, a patient at State Lunatic Asylum No. 3 (subequently State Hospital No. 3) in Nevada, Missouri, who referred to himself as the ELECTRIC PENCIL, executed 283 drawings in ink, pencil, crayon and colored pencil. The drawings were done on both sides of 140 ledger pages, each bearing the name of the hospital. They were sewn into a hand made fabric and leather album.

[The electric pencil] / [anonymous works]

This is the most amazing story about a large body of drawings called “The Electric Pencil.” The drawings all came from an early 20th century mental asylum and were entirely executed by one artist. They are phenomenally detailed and lead you to wonder just what existed around this wonderfully articulate body of drawings as it was created.

You can read the story of how the drawings were discovered and passed to the second buyer–writer of Accidental Mysteries, and then what ultimately happens to the drawings.

Judge Smith / Around the year 1910, a patient at State Lunatic Asylum No. 3 (subequently State Hospital No. 3) in Nevada, Missouri, who referred to himself as the ELECTRIC PENCIL, executed 283 drawings in ink, pencil, crayon and colored pencil. The drawings were done on both sides of 140 ledger pages, each bearing the name of the hospital. They were sewn into a hand made fabric and leather album.

[The electric pencil] / [anonymous works]