PAIR of watercolor coastal scenes, unsigned, circa 1880, on heavy quality watercolor paper, 11" by 18" inside the old mats (18" by 25" in identical framing), found in Essex, Massachusetts. I purchased these for their inherent quality, despite a few condition issues, and hoped to find a signature when I opened them up, but, did not find either signature or any other inscriptions. I imagine these are by a listed artist who worked in the Cape Ann region or in that part of coastal New England. They are in need of fresh, acid-free backing and framing materials, and then will be good for another 125 years. One has foxing in the sky, especially visible at the area of the distant sail boats at right. Both, when viewed outside the frame, show some evidence of mat staining at the edges, but this would not be visible under a new mat. Frames are in good condition and can be retained to keep down the cost. I would like to know the identity of the artist. Possibilities might include Edward Harvey, George Harvey, or possibly better known figures, but we will likely not ever know who created this fine pair of watercolor works.
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