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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