Harold Edward Little (1940-2011) was a well-known printmaker and painter who lived in Fincastle with his wife Harriet. His etching titled “Double Silo” was donated to the Botetourt Museum of History and Culture by Joseph Buhrman (1924-2019). The Fincastle farm and historic barn shown were owned by Taylor Kinzie Peck (1873-1966). His second wife was a Layman. Taylor is buried on the hill across Route 220 from this barn which is no longer there. An unknown person was found hung in barn. Taylor is pictured in the snow feeding his cattle. The detail, contrast and composition are beautiful. Harold created this piece of art by a difficult intaglio printmaking process in which the lines and shadows are incised by acid on a metal plate. The finished plate was then printed on special paper using ink and a heavy printing press. Harold etched his name in the plate where it can be seen above the finished edition number. This is the 70th one he printed out of 100 (70/100). Harold’s framed etching is displayed downstairs in the museum at 26 East Main Street in Fincastle.
~ Botetourt County Museum of History & Culture