Something of a mystery is this unusually fine watercolor and ink drawing of palms adjacent to what appear to be Mediterranean-architecture buildings in a landscape, signed at lower right with what appears to be "Ed. Gilmond" and dated there 1926. The drawing measures 20" by 15 1/2" inside the mat. Interestingly, there is affixed on the reverse of the card an early label from the highly important, early Los Angeles art gallery Stendahl Galleries, giving the name of the artist and and inventory reference number. Unable to locate a listed artist by the name of Gilmond, I reached out to the art historian who maintains the archives of said gallery, and she was unable to locate any further information. So we have here a really strong drawing from an important and active period in art history, but the name of the artist is not apparently well known. I am reminded of some of the drawings of Andre Dunoyer de Segonzac. The drawing was exposed to moisture in the past and as a result there is an old water stain on the reverse backing which did seep through to the front, leaving staining visible at top left corner. The discoloration, however, is rather hidden by the design and the generally cream/ivory color to which the paper has aged overall. This was framed when found but the frame has become separated from the art; it might be available.
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