A folky impressionist oil on cardboard painting by William Birdsall Gifford who was born in Aurora, New York in 1839 and died in NYC in 1929. He studied and travelled abroad. He exhibited with the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the National Academy of Design, and the Boston Art Club. He was based in Chicago and Philadelphia prior to moving to San Francisco in the 1880s. Much of his work was destroyed in the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. He painted this work in 1920 when he was eighty one years old. The back of the painting indicates it was painted on July 3,1920 and the location is Reed's Lake near Boston. At the time of his death he was beginning to paint "Wooing of Rebecca", the last of five biblical studies he planned to do. Gifford is listed in all major art references and his works hang in many museums. A complete record of the man and his works can be found in the Smithsonian Institution Research Information System. The painting is signed on both front and back. It has pitting, cracking and scattered areas of imperfection. The frame is from the same era as the painting and is probably original. The painting measures 8" x 11"(unframed) and 9.5" x 12.5"(framed).