Oil on canvas painting of eucalyptus trees in a typical California landscape, 6 3/4" by 6 3/4" as framed, signed at lower left "Verne". This is a work by GLADYS MARIE BAXTER DUCKWORTH (1904-1981). Often the works are erroneously mis-attributed 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 moving to Laguna Hills in suburban Southern California. On the reverse is an original label, the standard gold label 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 typically strayed far from California in the luggage and handbags of tourists. The artist used inexpensive, thin canvas covered on the back only by paper, leading many to be punctured through from the reverse side by careless owners. This work is in good condition, with just a hint of a thin canvas tear at the extreme upper left corner, as shown. See other miniature paintings by the artist in my shop.
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