A beautifully painted and beautifully preserved watercolor landscape painting of a country road with a small house at left, split rail fences and leafy trees completing the scene of peace and tranquillity, 10" by 15 1/2" (20 1/2" by 26" framed), signed at lower right by artist JOHN H. SHERWIN (born 1834), and titled on reverse "In Grafton Vt.". Sherwin was born in nearby Bellows Falls, Vermont, on the Connecticut River, and Grafton is not far distant. The artist was a printer in the area by 1850, then by 1854 we see him working in lithography in Philadelphia, through about 1861. He is first listed as "artist" in an 1857 Philadelphia directory. Apparently he left Philadelphia and next appeared in Springfield, Massachusetts, and, finally, in 1899 after the death of his wife, he moved to New Haven, Connecticut. It is there, at the turn of the century, that his trail seems to end. The work was found in Connecticut. There is no glass, and the frame has considerable losses, but the art itself is in clean, fresh condition. There is just a hint of browning/oxidation where the two wood boards met in the back, but they have been removed, so as to prevent the vertical darkening seen in so many New England watercolors where wood board backing caused chemical changes to the paper.
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