FRANKLIN, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — One reference librarian is on the hunt for a painting that used to hang on the walls of the Franklin Public Library.
Vicki Earls has made it her mission to find the painting known as "The Dream City" by painter H.H. Gallison which was part of a collection of three paintings by the man who designed the library. The paintings were hung up in the building when it was completed in 1904, but by 1910, "The Dream City" was gone.
Earls has been calling art museums libraries to get information about any auctions to see if the painting was sold and checking the newly digitized archives of a local paper, all to no avail.
"I'm a reference librarian and questions need answers," Earls told WBZ's Kim Tunnicliffe. "There was a great intent to Gallison's design of the building. [The painting] was there because he intended it to be there."
As she continues her search for the missing painting, Earls is asking the public if they know anything about the whereabouts of "The Dream City."
"Maybe they've seen it somewhere, at a museum or an auction," Earls said. "Maybe they have a family line connected to Gallison and they know the story."
WBZ's Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) reports.