Watercolor on paper, 8 1/4" by 12" (14" by 17 1/2" in its quality gold leaf framing), signed at lower right in pencil "Charles Baskerville" and titled at lower left "Paestum". The artist, CHARLES BASKERVILLE, JR. (1898-1996) was 98 when he passed away in New York City after a long and interesting life. The New York Times noted his passing in an obituary. Baskerville was born in North Carolina and saw action in World War I, in which he was awarded the Silver Star. Back in New York after the war, he began writing a nightclub column for the New Yorker, eventually acquiring the nickname "Top Hat". During this period he was actively illustrating humor and society magazines. Named official painter of the Army Air Forces, he became well known for his paintings of military officers, and also, for portraits of society figures. Baskerville also became known for his large-scale murals, executed for the likes of Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney and Douglas Dillon. The artist had 12 one-man shows in New York over the years. Today, still life, portraits, genre works, and travel works define his production. Regarding the present work, the temple depicted seems to be the Temple of Hera or Temple of Athena, in ancient Paestum, a significant archaeological site about 85 km. south and east of Naples, Italy. The site dates to the first half of the 6th century B.C. The Doric temples are considered to be some of the finest remaining such structures. See Wikipedia for more details on the site and the temples. The painting seems to be of mid 20th century origin, judging from the paper. Colors are fresh and with just some new matting to hide the stains at very top resulting from old tape on the reverse, this will be a fine addition to home or office. The frame is quality and has a few minor losses. Final photo, showing the art in the frame, includes stubborn tape residue on the glass, so discount that; the art itself is clean. Shipping wizard figures are guesstimates. See much more online regarding the interesting life of this artist. SEE HUNDREDS OF OTHER PAINTINGS, DRAWINGS AND PRINTS NOW IN MY SHOP.
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