Watercolor on paper or paper laid on board, 15 1/2" by 23 3/4" (21 1/2" by 29 3/4" as framed without glass), the scene an old Dutch town on the ever-present water, small boats and hay barges tied up alongside the houses. It is signed at lower left "L. van Straten", which is a well-known pseudonym for the listed Dutch artist HERMANUS KOEKKOEK II (1836-1909), along with "J. van Couver". The artist signed this way in order to somehow differentiate himself from the numerous talented artists of that family, well known for generations as a family of fine artists. This member of the family spent a lot of time in Amsterdam as well as London throughout his life. He was very talented, and worked in both watercolor and oil I recently saw an oil version of nearly this same scene. The present example is in very good condition, with just slight browning of the paper at far left in the cloud and at upper right; the overall condition is remarkable, considering that the work has evidently traveled for some time without glass. There's no date but I would imagine this would have been created about the turn of the century. See the net for more on the Koekkoek family of artists, who have been too often confused with each other by art historians and auction houses and dealers. .
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