Watercolor on paper painting of a dark-skinned woman carrying a load on her head as she walks down a street of colonial buildings in a tropical town, 9 3/4" by 6 3/4", 17" by 14" as nicely framed, signed at lower right corner by the noted American illustrator WILMOT EMERTON HAITLAND (1893-1969). When I first saw the art I thought the artist might be depicting a street in Charleston, South Carolina or New Orleans, but upon opening the backing found a title "Side Street-----Puerto Plata" and the artist's name, written in ink on the back of the heavy paper. Puerto Plata is an historic picturesque town on the north coast of the Dominican Republic, where Haitland was known to have traveled, as he left us a number of works drawn in the Caribbean. Born in Wisconsin, the artist was based in New York where he was a student at the Art Students League. He also studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, with Daniel Garber. Eventually, Haitland went on to be an instructor at both institutions. He became a member of many watercolor societies, and was represented at prestigious galleries such as Frank Rehn, Grand Central, and MacBeth. Later in life, a National Academician, he worked in California, passing away finally in Florida at the end of the 1960's. Works appear from time to time at auctions, but they are rather scarce. This watercolor is in excellent, fresh condition, the colors vibrant. From the reverse it appears to have a soft vertical roll/crease, but it is not at all noticeable on the front. Nicely framed as well, the work is very attractive.
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