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RICHARD CARDIFF (mid 20th century American) fine watercolor drawing of old New York "El" station by noted pulp illustrator artist
Watercolor on paper painting of the old shed-like over-the-street elevated ("El") stations commonly seen in New York City, circa 1950, 8 3/4" by 10 1/2" inside the mat, 16 1/2" by 18" as framed, signed at lower right and again on the reverse (along with an E. Northport, Long Island New York address), by the noted mid century pulp illustration artist RICHARD CARDIFF. I have not located birth/death dates for Cardiff online but I see that he was obviously very active from the late 1930's through at least the mid 1950's, illustrating pulp magazine covers and creating art for a number of publications and books. This work shows a sympathy for, and considerable understanding of, a quintessential part of urban New York City, a place no doubt well known to the artist. Judging from the cars on the street, it was drawn circa 1945 or so. New Yorkers no doubt could identify the exact location depicted. Condition is excellent. Direct out of a Westside Los Angeles estate.
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