This is an unusually fresh vintage watercolor, 10 3/4" by 20 1/2" (18" by 28" as framed), dating to the late 19th or early 20th century, by the noted American artist DAVID JOHN GUE (1836-1917). The colors are bright and there is no foxing nor moisture damage. ALL PHOTOS ARE TAKEN THROUGH NON GLARE GLASS so actual painting is sharper and more attractive than it appears through the blurry glass. The subject matter is likely an east coast beach. Gue was born in New York and found himself in the Midwest by the 1850's. According to information found on the net, he was a neighbor in Kansas for a while of abolitionist John Brown. He was soon in Iowa, a state with which he is still historically associated. While in Iowa he was a lawyer and pharmacist. At age 50 he began his artistic career. Self taught, he painted portraits and marine oils and watercolors, of which the present example is a typical example. Evidently Gue traveled to Europe in 1895 as there are some paintings of Lake Como in Italy. He was quite established in the art community by the year 1910. Gue also painted in the Mount Holyoke area of Massachusetts, and evidently, exhibited at the National Academy in New York. .
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