It would appear that Helen’s camera was always nearby and on the ready, judging by the many archival photos of Sybil in informal situations. Frequent themes at Northbrook included afternoon tea and dogs. Tea was a daily ritual, often with guests, whether on the Morrison’s open porch or outdoors at Sybil’s studio, overlooking the golf course. Dogs were important to the Morrisons, who had mostly Irish setters. When Sybil came to live alone in her Studio, the Morrisons thought she needed a dog for security, and thus began a series of beloved but undisciplined German shepherds. Other themes include gardening, outdoor activities at all seasons, and guests, of whom there were many. On several occasions Helen accompanied Sybil on visits to the Shearers in Lyons, New York, with camera in hand.

Sybil Shearer was known for her many hats.

Sybil Shearer, a gardener, like her mother.

Sybil Shearer in her parents’ garden in Lyons, NY.

Sybil Shearer relaxing in the Studio.

Christmas party in the Studio.

Sybil Shearer with Bob Morrison’s Irish setter.

Sybil Shearer, outside the Studio.

Sybil Shearer and her first German Shepherd.