A room of her own had always been a priority for
Louisa. With her often turbulent emotions, active imagination, and
serious pre-occupation with her family's welfare, a haven into which she could escape where she could find needed solitude and the freedom to write. Louisa's father built her a
half-moon desk between the two front windows as well as a bookcase when the family first moved into Orchard House. As Louisa recuperated from typhoid pneumonia she had contracted while serving as a nurse in the Civil War, May painted
a panel of calla lilies and nasturtiums beside her writing desk and later created the baby owl on the mantel as well as the owl oil painting.
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