Watercolor or watercolor and gouache on paper drawing of an adobe in a mountain landscape in New Mexico, 7 5/8" by 9 5/8" (14 3/4" by 17 3/4" as framed), signed at lower right by the listed American artist EDNA LEONHARDT ACKER (1904-). The work is titled "Santa Fe" and is dated nearby 1944. The artist was born in 1904 in Philadelphia and was associated with that city and its art scene for most of her life, despite extensive time away, especially in her early years. Leonhardt graduated from the Philadelphia School of Design for Women. After graduation she traveled in Europe, receiving further instruction in art at the Royal Academy and Victoria and Albert in London, the Louvre in Paris, and the Pitti in Florence. Apparently a restless soul, she went on to travel in North Africa, and the West Indies and South America, always sketching. Returning to Philadelphia she became active in textile design, becoming one of the earliest designers to work with automobile interior fabrics. Later in life, Leonhardt counted among her clients Brooks Brothers clothiers, and Moss Rose Manufacturing Company. For a time the president of her own textile manufacturing and design company, she was also an instructor at the Moore College of Art for many years. I have not been able to easily locate a death date. This drawing of popular New Mexico subject matter indicates that for at least a short time, Leonhardt must have visited the Northern New Mexico art colony. I am offering this painting on behalf of a Philadelphia-area relative, and it will be shipped from Philadelphia. Better photos available upon request.
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