Oil on canvas painting of many pink asters of various shades in a ceramic vase on a tabletop against a greenish curtained background, 18" by 22", 22 1/2" by 26 1/2" as framed, signed at lower right with the distinctive conjoined signature of HARRY HAMBRO HOWE (1886-1966). Howe was a prolific New England artist known for his coastal and White Mountain (New Hampshire) scenes, though he was known to have created still life works as well. He was the son of sea captain T. Bailey Howe, who was apparently himself an artist, creating many clipper ship and marine subject paintings. The present still life work likely dates to the late 1940's or 1950's. It is clean and ready for the wall in its older, vintage complementary frame. According to a website on the White Mountain artists, there are some collectors who believe that some paintings signed "HHowe" were actually works of the New England artist William Paskell (1866-1951), signed with a pseudonym as the works were hawked house-to-house. The controversy remains unresolved, though the website says it is believed that Paskell did NOT create still life works, lending credence that my work would indeed be by this Harry Howe artist. I have seen many works signed HHowe, and have owned a number of them. Most I have encountered in the Northeast, though because so many were created with this name, a number have migrated with their owners to other states over the decades, and they appear frequently at auctions around the country. See another work in my shop signed with the William Paskell signature, a coastal small harbor with shacks (search for "paskell" within my shop, or reference number JB01237). .
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