This is a fine pastel on paper work, 9" by 11 1/2" inside the mat, 15 1/4" by 17 1/4" as simply framed in wood, the subject a low desert with saguaro cactus near a desert wash at right center, a range of brooding desert peaks in the distance. The work is signed by the artist on the original mat at lower left corner. Condition of the drawing is superb. The outer portion of the mat is browned and a bit discolored with age, but since the mat contains the signature, if you reframe you would want to retain that mat and perhaps add a new one on top of it; or, you could simply hang this vintage piece as it is. Technically, saguaro only grows wild in Arizona, east of the Colorado River, so this could be an Arizona scene, or a California scene with a little artistic license involved. Nott was born in Missouri, grew up in the Black Hills of South Dakota, studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, and was for a time associated with Roycroft in New York. He remained in San Diego after serving in the navy in World War around 1918. Thereafter he was devoting most of his time to his art, before moving finally to Los Angeles where he passed away in 1948. This work likely dates to the 1930's or 1940's. Nott is very well known for the quality of his almost velvety surface pastels particularly, though he did also work in oil. Landscapes, whether of the desert, temperate country, or seascapes, are his best known subject matter. ALLOW FOR REFLECTIONS IN A FEW IMAGES (notably, whitish streaks in the center). .
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