Delicate watercolor and gouache on paper laid on board drawing of a landscape that appears to be the expansive and oft-painted Venice lagoon in Italy, a favorite stop for expatriate painters in the late 19th century. The work, signed at left, is unframed and measures 14 1/2" by 24". Notably, the drawing has suffered considerable abuse over the years, there being old moisture damage at lower right----the reverse shows some old mold staining. There is soiling and old staining generally throughout the image. The work is nevertheless still collectible and worth saving. George W. Harvey (and the name being common, there are several other 19th century artists with whom he seems to be often confused) was born in East Gloucester, Massachusetts, and is best known for his winter marshland scenes of the Cape Ann area. Basically self taught, he traveled in Europe and was influenced by members of the Hague School. No doubt, this drawing was executed during these years in Europe. If one looks closely on the horizon at left, one can make out one of the domes of the major churches in Venice.
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