Original grisaille drawing, 6" by 8" inside the mat (16" by 17" in its contemporary gold frame), the subject a circa early 1950's or late 1940's boy with classic mid century ear muff winter cap and jacket, focusing intently on apparently setting a trap to snare small mammals. The piece is signed at lower right and dated 1954. Ellsworth, born on the Nebraska prairie, was a largely self taught artist and illustrator. Early in his life he illustrated fpr Denver newspapers, and afterwards was employed by eastern magazines to illustrate scenes of western life. Today he is best known for his thoroughly western subject matter including views of native Americans in western settings. I believe I read that Ellsworth was a favorite artist and sketching companion to Maynard Dixon, in the course of the latter's western wanderings. See the net for more on the artist. .
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