Researching Charles Overly has not been easy, but I did find three items of interest: 1) He toured the country at a young age sketching mostly historic or interesting buildings, 2) These sketches were likely for the The Williamsburg Restoration Society, and 3) I've see his sketch work listed as 1930s. You now know as much as I do.
This one is a print of a pencil sketch. It is signed by the artist, but I believe that to be printed as well. I see no numbers and actually would be surprised to find them. My guess is this was bought on a trip to Williamsburg and framed later at some time. If the original work is from the early period, I believe this print to be "vintage" but more likely 70s/80s. The frame is not at all from the 30s.
It is of the Capital Building in Williamsburg. It is beautifully done. The print measures roughly 11 x 8 and with the mat and frame 16 5/8 x 13 1/2. The frame is dark gray and the mat is a lighter gray. The sketch paper is off-white and may have yellowed a bit with age, but this does not impair the piece at all. The glass appears to be non-glare and I see a small scratch on the surface that is noticeable only by holding at the correct angle to the light. There are a few knocks to the frame, but none discolored. A couple of punches are present through the back paper. With all of this disclosed, my opinion is it truly is ready to hang. The original framing was beautifully done, the piece has just been around a while. A great work for the office or colonial buffs.
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