Watercolor on heavy watercolor paper, 11" by 14 1/2" inside the ruled mat, the scene an exotic one of camels resting in the street in front of a sun-washed building, a man in traditional attire at center. This is an orientalist work from the year 1937, of the American artist FRANK A. BROWN (1876-1962). Brown was a Boston-area artist who went on to paint in oil and watercolor at a number of locations in western Europe, and North Africa. His works from Tunisia and Algeria feature the exotic and colorful scenes witnessed by the artist in the course of his extensive travels. This one has title "Ghardaia" on the reverse, and faintly also at lower left, where he also dated it 18 Mars 1937. Ghardaia is a desert town about 600 kilometers south of Algiers in the northern Sahara desert. This watercolor despite being unframed has survived in quite good condition, with some scattered foxing visible. The buyer might want to keep the ruled mat, though the discolored old margins beyond might be discarded or covered by a second mat. The artist signed the work at lower right and wrote his name, the title ("Ghardaia--le marche #2) and "Paris" on the back. Also there is a French customs circular purple stamp there.
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