A black and white photograph image (not sure if actually an original photo) titled at lower left margin "The Meadow Pool", and pencil signed by the artist in lower right margin, the subject a meadow near mountains, measuring 9" by 11 1/4" and 16 1/4" by 17 3/4" framed. This is an example of the now sought-after mid century photographic work of STEPHEN H. WILLARD (1894-1966). Willard was born in Illinois and was in Southern California at age two. By 16 he already had a camera and was actively searching the landscape for appealing subject matter. In 1922 he settled in Palm Springs, and from that base he traveled the southwestern deserts and mountains, taking photographs and often hand coloring them and selling them as fine works of art. Post cards were made from many of his images. Later to escape the summer heat the artist moved to Mammoth Lakes, from which he explored the Sierra Nevada as he had the low deserts. Willard's daughter in 1999 donated many of his works and studio contents to the Palm Springs Desert Museum, where there is now the Stephen H. Willard archive. Demand for the black and white and hand colored photos appears to be increasing.
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