One of two works by this artist in my shop is this watercolor on paper, measuring 8 1/4" by 13 5/8" inside the mat, 14" by 19" as framed, signed at lower right by the noted American nineteenth century artist GEORGE HERBERT MCCORD (1848-1909). This is a nicely painted work by an artist considered to be among the "second generation" of Hudson River School painters. McCord was from the New York and New Jersey area, but he painted in Europe, and for a time in the western United States. A prolific painter, works appear at auction consistently, though prices vary according to subject matter. It appears that his luminous, classic Hudson River style American extensive landscapes bring the highest prices. McCord was a member of the National Academy, and he exhibited widely. Today examples of his art are in major museum collections around the nation. This peaceful scene shows a lady in 19th century gard sitting in the shade of two trees on the shore of a lake, contemplating the beauty before her. The watercolor has some significant condition issues that could likely be corrected. In the sky at left and center are the brownish stains that could be adhesive stains coming through from the reverse, or, perhaps, some unusual chemical alteration of a paint color he used, as the stains seem in many ways to mimic the cloud effects. Without this issue, this watercolor would really be a small gem of nineteenth century American art. Feel free to send the images to your paper restorer. Found in Skowhegan in central Maine, on the framing is to be found a remnant label from the Abraham & Straus department store in Brooklyn. .
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