Gouache and pencil on paper, 16 3/4" by 12 1/2" (slightly larger as simply framed), signed at lower left by listed American artist JOHN EDWIN JACKSON (1876-1950). The scene is a genteel one, with a proper southern gentleman and belle, in a grand architectura setting. The artist was very prolific, illustrating many books and magazines in the first half of the twentieth century, yet, little seems to be known about him. A few pieces have been sold at illustration art auctions. This work is in reasonably good condition and is ready for display. I say "reasonably" because there is an old paper tear at center left, diagonally from the red curtain down past the gentleman's head. It is most visible when photographed at an angle, whereas head-on, it is barely noticeable. In any event, it has been there a long time. The piece has been photographed with and without the mat to show how the mat hides the old board to which this was affixed long ago. Jackson was born in Nashville and studied at the Art Students League in New York, as well as at the National Academy. Further research could prove interesting, as the full extent of his book/magazine illustration talents becomes apparent.
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