An original, pencil-signed and titled etching from American artist James Fagan, "Idle Hour" is a beautifully hand-colored and executed waterside image of bucolic America in the late 19th century. Measuring 9.25" x 6.5" sight and 15" x 12" in dual frame of ornate gilt wood, beautifully double matted and behind glass. Over 100 years old, this etching and composition is in excellent condition, with only a slight separation in the upper left frame (see photo).
James Fagan (b. 1864 - d. 1918) was an American etcher that worked in a realistic style. He favored naturalistic scenes of everyday life like people milling about, men working, and families interacting. Fagan was also interested in classical subjects, choosing to depict heroes from Greece and Rome as well as people in robes and classical dress. A well traveled man, he also created scenes from places like Cuba and the Netherlands. His work is included the National Gallery of Art and The Met among others.
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