Large watercolor painting in impressionist manner, the subject an old boat, the "Virginia", stored in drydock by a coast. The work, 14" by 22 1/2" inside the innermost mat (25" by 34" framed) is signed at lower right with a signature that greatly resembles that of noted American illustrator artist JON WHITCOMB (1906-1988). Whitcomb is known for his commercial art for publication, featuring glamorous young women. He was born in Oklahoma, raised in Wisconsin, and educated in Ohio, before moving to New York in 1934. It was there that he took commercial work while a free lancer. Eventually he became well known and sought after, his drawings appearing in Colliers, Good Housekeeping and other consumer magazines at mid century. He was a pioneer in the use of gouache for illustration, and ultimately, one of the founders of the Famous Artists School in Connecticut. Whitcomb was a combat artist in the Pacific during World War II. I have studied the artist's signatures in a number of works online and therefore feel confident attributing this to him, despite the subject matter differing from what he normally did. The handling is bold, confident, swift and vigorous, further suggestive of a professional artist. Condition is excellent, with fresh vivid color. The frame has a little wear.
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