Fine watercolor on paper drawing of a dirt road or track in a country landscape, signed at lower left by the listed American artist NEIL REID MITCHILL (sometimes misspelled as "Mitchell") 1858-1934. Mitchill was born in New York and was painting in nearby Connecticut by the 1890's, where he is credited with being the first resident artist of Westport (which went on to become a 20th century art colony of sorts). Mitchill exhibited at the National Academy, Art Institute of Chicago, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and the Salmagundi Club, and he was a member of the Boston Art Club and Brooklyn Art Association. This example of his work (9" by 19 1/2 " plus gilded oak early century frame, the overall dimensions being 15" by 25 1/2") has traveled without glass, so, has acquired a few scratches, as seen in the images. There are two roughly vertical scratches/abrasions at lower left to the right of the signature, and a short horizontal dig or cut at upper right. The faults are definitely present but do not undermine the integrity of the painting. The oak gilded frame bears marks where an old sticker was once present at lower left, and a few water drop marks.
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