Etching in medium brown ink on very delicate tissue-like Japan paper, the subject identified at lower left margin as "Robert Louis Stevenson House", pencil signed at lower right by the important Caifornia plein air artist MARY DeNEALE MORGAN (1868-1948). The subject is a circa 1830's adobe from the Mexican era, which sheltered many visitors to Monterey over the decades, including, in 1879, the writer Robert Louis Stevenson. Today the structure is part of Monterey State Historic Park. Morgan is a major name in the state's art history, her contribution to it well documented through her art, her efforts to organize and promote the art community, and through her teaching. Some of her best plein air landscape paintings have approached six figures at auction in recent years, demonstrating the desirability of her art. Morgan was born in San Francisco to Scottish parents who settled in the Monterey area during the Gold Rush years. She studied with Amedee Joullin, Arthur Mathews, Emil Carlsen, Virgil Williams, and, in Carmel in 1914, with William Merritt Chase; she was a favorite pupil of William Keith. Director of the Carmel School of Art from 1917-1925, Morgan was also a founder of the Carmel Art Association. Throughout her life she painted the beautiful landscapes of central California, and, as we can see here, she was also a skilled etcher. Murals and set designs for theater also came from her hand. Prints by Morgan are seemingly scarce. This example measures 6 1/8" by 7". It is unframed, protected in an album sleeve. At some time in the past, the print was affixed (only at the upper corners) to the backing sheet; it is not glued down over the entire surface. There is some rippling pattern to the paper at upper right as seen, and there's a tiny soiling stain at bottom edge. The work is very delicate and it has survived well considering the lack of framing. See the net for images of Mary DeNeale Morgan's fine California plein air art. .
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