Watercolor on paper extensive landscape titled on the back "Richmond on the Thames", measuring 14 1/2" by 22" (22" by 29 1/2" as framed), the subject a scene in southeastern England near London. The work is signed at lower right with a monogram that looks like a combination of the letters "JCS", and it's dated there "74". The watercolor is actually executed on two pieces of paper that are joined at center left---note the vertical line going through the tree---and there is a noticeable color difference between the sides. There is also a slight vertical browning I imagine due to contact with acidic materials of the backing. The artist remains unidentified, although I am sure he or she is a listed artist. The backing has some fragments of The Sheffield Times newspaper of the period adhering to it. Originally I thought this to be an American scene along the Hudson River in New York, and thought it likely therefore by an American artist, but upon opening the back I saw the fragments of the English newspaper, and the title "Richmond on the Thames" written in pencil. So, now I know this to be English. The watercolor was purchased by me some years ago in Florida from an Argentinian dealer selling at the Miami Beach Antiques Show. The seller told me it came out of a collection in Buenos Aires. Currently it is loose in the framing and is a candidate to be re-sealed with non-acidic materials.
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