Oil on canvas impressionistic painting of an idealized street with old houses, trees and a few strolling figures, 24" by 36" (unframed), signed at lower left "F. H. McKay" and further identified in old penciled handwriting on the stretcher "Village on the Cove--Vermont" (and original $95.00 price is also written in two places). The artist is FRANCES H. McKAY (circa 1880-possibly 1969---biographical information is scarce online). McKay was apparently a female artist, though some have suggested the artist was male. What is known is that the artist was born in Rockport, Maine in the 1880's, and that her specialty was, as one online poster so poetically wrote, "idealized villages with their picket fences, seacoast cottages, shady streets that end near the sea, and strolling couples forever frozen in the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle" (the writer was referring to the fact that images of works by McKay were used by the Tuco company in the 1940's and 1950's, for the jigsaw puzzles that it manufactured). A possible birth date and death date of 1969 are suggested by online information. Certainly this work was likely created not earlier than about 1950, judging from the materials used and the artist's copyright stamp in the center on the reverse (faintly visible). The painting, fresh out of a Santa Monica estate, has acquired a layer of yellowed grime over the decades, and a cleaning would be highly beneficial. There are also a few small losses, showing as white spots in the images, and a slightly larger loss at the bottom edge as shown. See other works by the artist on the net.
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