Large charcoal on paper drawing of a head, 23" by 19" (35 1/2" by 29 1/2" in oversized framing), signed at lower right "W. NASH" in all capital letters. This appears to be the head of a woman, perhaps Orientalist subject matter. I speculated that this might be a work by the noted Santa Fe, New Mexico modernist artist Willard Nash (1898-1943), but he did not sign like this, so far as I can determine, and the subject matter would be unusual for him. Nash did work in Pasadena in the developing movie business, with Fox Studios, in the late 1930's, so while I can entertain the possibility of this being by Willard Nash, I cannot say so with any certainty. There is some sketching on the reverse as shown, the work taped at the edges to the mat. The thin paper has watermark "HOWARD BOND/Made in U.S.A." but I have not been able to determine when that company was in business. More research is in order here to determine if this might be by Willard Nash. Found in Los Angeles area, and has circa 1960's/1970's tag from a small local auction house, Orrill's. The mid century framing is too large and not flattering to the drawing, and it would add considerably to shipping cost; I would recommend that it be discarded.
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