Pencil signed at lower right and titled at extreme lower left sheet "High Noon, Ronda (Spain), and numbered "17" at left margin, this is an etching of a canyon cliff in an arid landscape. The artist is the Iowa-born, California-associated artist CHARLES BUTLER KEELER (1882-1964). Keeler trained at Harvard and at the Art Institute of Chicago before departing for Europe in 1909. By 1912 we see him in California, roaming the Sierra with a donkey, presumably seeking subject matter for his art. In 1932 he had returned to Iowa where he joined Grant Wood's Stone City art colony, before ultimately returning to Southern California where he spent his last years in Glendora and Dana Point. The print exhibits browning from air exposure inside the old mat lines, has a tape stain in top margin as shown, and also at top of the image area there is some kind of foreign matter or ink smear, appearing as perhaps insect wings stuck to the paper, but up close that does not appear to be the case. Presently there is no glass and this will need fresh mat and so forth. Thus freshened up, the print will be quite presentable.
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