Oil on masonite painting of a New England dock, perhaps in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut or Maine, 18" by 24" (21" by 27" as framed), signed at lower right "R. J. Holden" and dated there "71". A careful observer is rewarded by patient and slow analysis of the scene, as there is an amazing amount of detail. Note the classic red gas pump, the sea gulls on the roof, the barrels, the crates on the dock, the figure with his hay fork. Holden was born in Massachusetts but graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 1923. He went on to a successful career in illustration, working for a time for Hallmark Cards, creating scenes of familiar Americana, such as winter New England villages. He also illustrated a number of books. Late in life he donated original work and proofs to the Slater Museum of Norwich in southeastern Connecticut, the area with which Holden is most associated. This painting was found in Westerly, Rhode Island on the border with Connecticut. Condition is very good, and you can hang the painting on the wall. SEE HUNDREDS OF OTHER WORKS OF ART IN MY SHOP.
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