By Bruce Poston
|"Here Am I for Thou Didst Call Me" by artist Charles Bosseron Chambers.|
The works of art, mostly charcoal drawings but some paintings, were often hung in Catholic homes and institutions in the 1930s, '40s and '50s and quickly became popular. Over the years, the Lynches collected other unframed prints in the series and either had them framed or gave them as gifts to nieces and nephews. Michelle said she has seen some of Chambers' original charcoal drawings featuring her husband's father listed at auction with opening bids of $500 and estimated values at between $1,800 and $2,800. "Greg and I were having a discussion regarding all the various items available for sale on eBay," Michelle said. "I half jokingly said to him, 'I could buy anything on eBay; I bet I could even buy your dad's picture on eBay.'