Watercolor on paper, 16 1/2" by 11 1/4" inside the mat, 23 3/4" by 17 1/2" as framed, signed boldly at lower right by the California listed artist ALFRED OWLES (1894-1978). Owles was born in England and is today perhaps best known for his accurate watercolors of aircraft and early aviation, including depictions of World War I dogfights, with which he was personally familiar, having flown in the early craft as a photographer. He worked for many years in a San Francisco studio, and later in life painted accomplished landscapes of the Marin and Sonoma County hills and farms. This example is fresh and needs only a better frame and clean mat to bring it to its potential. Owles is listed in Gordon McClelland's book on California watercolors, and in many other reference works. .
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