PAIR of oil on canvas paintings, each 6 3/4" by 6 3/4" as framed, both signed "Verne", the subjects both still lifes of flowers in table top vessels. These are works by one GLADYS MARIE BAXTER DUCKWORTH (1904-1981). Often the works are erroneously misattributed by online sellers as being by a "Verne Lucinda McCann Gillespie", but Edan Hughes in his dictionary of artists in California has set the record straight. He says the artist was Massachusetts-born, met her husband while living in London until the outbreak of World War II, then returned to Boston and eventually Laguna Hills, California. On the reverses are labels proclaiming this to be a work by "Verne of Laguna Beach, California". The paintings by this artist, nearly always miniatures, were apparently sold at gift shops in the Knott's Berry Farm amusement park from the 1940's to as late as the 1960's, and as a result, there are a lot of these works, and they have often strayed far from California in the luggage and handbags of tourists. Both of these are in excellent condition with no tears (Verne paintings are often encountered with canvas rips, since the backs were not protected by board, only paper, leading people to handle or store them carelessly, causing damage).
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