Watercolor drawing on paper of two figures with a distant building that resembles a mosque, measuring 8 1/8" by 6 3/8" (21 1/4" by 17" as presently framed), not signed but bears reverse notation by Elizabeth R. Anshutz, the artist's daughter in law, and stickers from Christie's New York indicating that this was offered in the sale of November 19, 1991, and, more recently, Skinners. Anshutz is considered a major American artist, a pupil of no less than Thomas Eakins, and in turn a major teacher himself. Anshutz works are included in most major American museums, and oils offered at auction reach into the upper tens of thousands of dollars and beyond. This work in watercolor is almost impressionistic, though the artist was known more for realism and detailed, finished oils. I acquired this from a dealer in Oakland, California, who in turn acquired it approximately 15 years ago from a California seller, who had acquired it from a liquidating New York City dealer in the late 1980's/early 1990's. The original Christie's label is still on the backing. The drawing has a water stain at lower left edge, easily matted out if you were to reframe. Note the original artist's tack holes in upper corners. It is possible that this was a sketch for a later painting----research could provide more answers. The present frame is old and should be discarded and the mat is too large in my opinion. Photos were taken with tape on the glass outside the image area. See the net for much, much more on this major American artist, and SEE HUNDREDS OF OTHER WORKS IN MY SHOP.
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