Unframed charcoal on paper image of an old town center, (and on the reverse, a nicely drawn sketch of a horse), 13 1/2" by 16 3/4", signed at lower right by the American artist ELSIE MAE FORD (also known as Mrs. Donald S. Tedford), titled at lower left "Eureka Springs, Ark.". This drawing probably dates to the 1940's or 1950's. Eureka Springs is located in the Ozark Mountains of northwestern Arkansas, not far from Branson, Missouri. The artist studied in New York at the Art Students League, and exhibited at the National Academy of Design, but is most strongly associated with the state of New Mexico. There does not seem to be much information out there on her career, but clearly she was a talented artist. Arkansas at early to mid century was not an artist mecca, and trained artist drawings and paintings, portraying the region, are relatively scarce in my experience. Condition is a bit rough as this was found unframed in a portfolio of drawings. There is browning of the paper, edge tears in non-vital areas that can mostly be matted out, and creases, especially at top. Properly matted and framed, the edge tears would pretty much disappear. If you are looking for art of the Ozarks region, consider this drawing. .
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