From the estate of noted California artist LILLIE MAY NICHOLSON (1884-1964) comes this charcoal on paper drawing of an older gentleman in profile, measuring 21 3/4" by 15 1/2" inside the mat (28" by 21" as framed), signed at lower right by the artist. Tucked into a pouch on the reverse is paperwork from a May 1982 exhibition and sale of the artist's work, at the Sohlman Art Gallery of Oakland, California. This detailed inventory of available works shows this drawing as item number 1 ("catalog number 17"), titled "Head of Old Man", with a measurement given as 24 3/4" by 19" and a price of $500. The medium is not specified, but this would appear to be this exact piece because there is further provenance paperwork attached: a signed typed letter dated May 5, 1979 on the letterhead of one Emma H. Nicholson of Watsonville, written to the noted art and antiques dealers of the East Bay WIM Antiques, certifying that this work was by Emma's sister Lillie May, and that it came from her estate. The paperwork indicates also that this exact piece is included in the 1981 book on the artist, "Lillie May Nicholson 1884-1964: An Artist Rediscovered". In summary, we have here a work with excellent provenance, by a highly collected California artist. Works by Nicholson in oil regularly appear at auction, bringing into the thousands. A pupil of Gottardo Piazzoni, Nicholson spent time in France and Japan early in her life, and later became well known around Northern California and particularly the Monterey Peninsula area. She was a member of the Carmel Art Association. See the net for much more on her contributions to California plein air art.
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