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WILLIAM LOUIS CARRIGAN (1868-1939) ink and watercolor drawing of French Alps dated 1919
This is a very nicely executed drawing in ink, watercolor and gouache, 10 1/8" by 13 1/2" (16 1/4" by 19 1/2" as simply framed), signed at lower right in brown ink and dated there 1919 by the bi-coastal American artist and National Academician WILLIAM LOUIS CARRIGAN (1868-1939). The work is one of three that appeared locally on the art market, the other two, dated 1922 and 1923, showing California subject matter. This one appears to be a European scene, as written on the backing paper in recent times is "Morning in French Alps". I imagine these words were placed there after a previous owner or framer saw them on the back of the drawing itself. I have not opened this up to inspect but we certainly could do so upon request. The drawing is in unusually fresh condition, considering it was executed at the end of World War I. Obviously it was handled carefully and stored or displayed in an ideal location. There is not a lot of biographical information on the artist, who was born in San Francisco and evidently became something of a bi-coastal artist, spending the latter portion of his life in the Litchfield area of northwestern Connecticut, a popular artist area which attracted many impressionists, which Carrigan seems to have been. Obviously he spent some time in Europe as well at the time this was executed, since he was the U.S. Consul in Lisbon. Notably, he was a pupil of major artist Emil Carlsen. The biography as it appears on askart: "Landscape painter. Born in San Francisco, CA on Sept. 21, 1868. Carrigan studied art in his native city at the School of Design. After 1908 he lived in Falls Village, CT and NYC where he was a pupil of Emil Carlsen. During WWI he served as U.S. Consul in Lisbon, Portugal. Carrigan died in Lakeville, CT on Oct. 24, 1939. Member: ANA. Exh: SFAA, 1905; Vickery, Atkins, & Torrey (SF), 1908; PPIE, 1915 (silver medal); PAFA, 1924; GGIE, 1939. & AAA 1919-33; WWAA 1936-39; SF Chronicle, 10-31-1939 (obit)". .
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