This is a gem of southeastern American art, a pencil signed lithograph titled "Hammock Ponds", dating to 1945. Measuring 7 7/8" by 10 7/8" inside the mat (17" by 19" as framed), this was executed by a talented and increasingly sought after Florida artist, BUELL WHITEHEAD (1919-1993). A monograph on the subject has just been published by Ron Newsom of Florida, a friend and neighbor of the artist in his later years. Whitehead worked in a variety of media but seems to be best known currently for his lithography, especially his color skills in that medium. I've handled several over the years and they are consistently interesting, beautifully crafted images, usually of the southeastern states. This one is likely a view in the Everglades of south Florida. The artist was Illinois-born but spent his later years in Ft. Myers, FL. There are images of far flung sites like the Santa Barbara mission in California, (he did spend considerable time in California). Whitehead spent his youth in the backwoods of South Florida but was able to attend the University of Florida in the 1930's, and at some point after that he came to Los Angeles, where he studied at Otis Art Institute. He sold his works coast to coast so they are widely distributed. A number have a decidedly WPA feeling; this one probably dates to the 1940s. Condition is good with even, overall browning especially along the edge where the mat contacted the paper. See askart and a dedicated website for more on the artist and his work. .
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