This is a watercolor by a trained hand, 7 1/2" by 14 3/4", laid on a white board, (minimally framed, no glass), the subject a coastal landscape of rocks and headlands, signed at lower right with what appears to be the signature of noted Alaska and California artist THEODORE J. RICHARDSON (1855-1914). There are also some pieces of old paper affixed to the back of the board, with the notations "I saw this watercolor in previous undamaged condition with signature Thoe. Richardson---signed in lower rt." and "--Richardson--" and "signature/ from Kennedy Galleries". This one is a mystery. Said to have come from the Southern California estate of the noted mid century great beauty and actress Jeanne Crain (1925-2003), I have to wonder if this might be a work by the important artist, known for his watercolors of early Alaska scenes, these watercolors now bringing serious money in the marketplace. Sadly, it is damaged; most visible at left center, where it seems rather bleached and vacant. The entire painting is probably faded by light, and/or somehow otherwise washed out, the signature being partially missing. It's hard to tell what happened here. Kennedy Galleries is of course the major New York gallery handling higher end American art. So, do your research or simply pick this up because you like it. Had I to guess, I would imagine it IS a work by Richardson. But I am offering it as you see it. See the net for much more on artist Theodore Richardson, who was born in Maine, was associated for a time with the Minneapolis area, and then, by the 1880's, with California. After 1886 he summered in Alaska and wintered in the Monterey Bay area. (And I do think the final part of the signature at lower right looks like two digits in the 80's). .
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