This is an etching on laid paper, the sheet 10 1/2" by 14", simply framed, pencil signed by listed American early 20th century artist HORACE DEVITT WELSH (1888-1942). The subject, to my eye, appears to be a coastal location in Maine, judging from the sails in the distance and the mountainous coast; the buildings appear to me to be American. Welsh, according to the askart listing, was a student of William Merritt Chase, Thomas Anschutz, and Joseph Pennell. He does not appear to have been especially well known, and there are few auction records, but he did exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago, Pennsylvania Academy and other venues like the Philadelphia Sketch Club. He was an easel painter but also was an active graphic artist. Subject matter of his art has included Pennsylvania, New Orleans and the South, and Cuba. This work has mat browning around the edges (see photos) and is browned overall a little bit, but is otherwise clean. There is a vertical brown line on the reverse that does not show through. Ask for more photos of the mat lines around the edges. The present framing is inappropriate as the signature is hidden behind the mat, and the inexpensive frame itself is rather worn. See the net for more on this talented American artist. .
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