This is really a wonderful work. Hereward Lester Cooke is an important artist and curator of the 20th Century. From 1961-1973 he was the Curator of Painting for the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. For those not familiar with the artist, his biography from Wikipedia, is copied below. Watercolor and gouache on paper with the image measuring 6 3/4 x 19 1/2 inches. Signed and dated in pencil lower right corner. Wonderful modernist view of the boats resting on the coast at night. Outstanding clean and vibrant condition. Gold wood frame is complimentary and ready to hang. Frame measures 13 1/2 x 28 1/4 inches. If you collect Cooke's work, let me know as I have a couple others available in my other store.
Wikipedia reads: "Cooke was born in Princeton, New Jersey in 1916. He studied at Oxford University, the Art Students League (under George Bridgman), Yale University School of Fine Art and Princeton University Graduate School, where he received his Ph.D. Cooke is better known for his work in art history than for his painting, having written several texts, including Painting Lessons from the Great Masters in 1967. He was the Curator of Painting at the National Gallery of Art from 1961–1973, and before that he was a National Gallery Aide and acting assistant director, beginning in 1956. Part of his duties as curator included heading the Expert Opinions Section of the National Gallery, where owners of artworks could come have their art appraised or otherwise identified. He was a well-known authority on fakes and forgeries, and was called the "Sherlock Holmes of the Art World" for his work in solving art mysteries of attribution. As a curator, Cooke was very influential in the government sponsored art programs, helping to select artists for the Environmental Protection Agency art program, and serving as art advisor to NASA for ten years. He organized the National Gallery Exhibit of NASA art in 1969. Cooke's successes may have been more visible in art history, but he was also well regarded as an artist. Not only was he appointed director of the American pavilion at the Venice Biannual International Art Exhibition, but he was also artist in residence at Princeton for four years and he won the Prix de Rome and a Fulbright Fellowship. In 1940 he won the American Beaux Arts prize for murals. Cooke died in 1973"
Vintage Hereward Lester Cooke 'COAST AT NIGHT' Painting - National Gallery Curator