By the well listed and accomplished American artist EARL HORTER (1881-1940), this is an accomplished watercolor painting of a shack or small house, perhaps at the sandy shore, a flagpole at left, inscribed at lower right "My regards to Mr. Newman/E. Horter 1915". Horter was born near Philadelphia and is generally most closely associated with that area but he traveled widely, becoming widely known for his etched images of simply urban or historical scenes in major American cities, and some European ones as well. Self-taught, he took some etching classes at age 22, and became a member of the Society of Illustrators at a young age. He exhibited at the Panama Pacific Exhibition in 1915, the Art Institute of Chicago in 1932, and several times at the Philadelphia Print Club during the 1930's . Horter painted modern paintings of the urban scene, but is perhaps still best known for his etchings. The Philadelphia Museum of Art held an exhibition of the artist's works in 1999. This piece was apparently inscribed to the Mr. Newman who ran the important Newman Galleries in Philadelphia, a major source for fine art in that area, for many decades. I believe that when I acquired this, an original label of that prestigious gallery was affixed to the backing, but it has become lost. The painting is heavily foxed. A professional paper restorer would likely be able to remove or minimize this situation. Measurements of the work are 10 1/2" by 14 1/2" (16" by 20" framed). Allow for reflections in images.
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