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NELSON S. BOWDISH (1831-1916) American art watercolor coastal landscape painting
Watercolor on paper coastal scene of waves breaking on a lonely beach, a few sailing boats on the horizon, measuring 12" by 21"(18 1/2" by 28" as framed), signed at lower right in red "N. S. BOWDISH", not dated but certainly late 19th century. Bowdish is today associated with the historical and charming Finger Lakes New York community known as Skaneateles. The painting reminds me of some New England coastal works of the artists Alfred Thompson Bricher or Edmund Darch Lewis. Condition is only fair to poor, with overall browning, some foxing, a small dark brown spot in right sky, edge chip at bottom center, and sky stains, most significantly a large tornado shaped water stain extending down from the top edge to the bluff top. The original frame and wooden backboard will need to be replaced. Thus cleaned up, the painting will present better. If you collect artists of New York state, this work might appeal to you as-is. In the town of Skaneateles, an entire museum is devoted to the works of artist John D. Barrow, considered a second generation Hudson River artist. No doubt, the two knew each other.
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