An accomplished ink and watercolor drawing of a street scene in an old district, the artchitecture of which reminds of the American South, maybe Charleston or New Orleans. The figures are predominantly African-American. Some of the women carry loads on their heads. The drawing is on the back side of a book page, suggesting the artist was either strapped for materials or that the drawing was very spontaneously executed while on the spot, using whatever materials were at hand. Measurements are 9" by 7 1/2" inside the mat and 19 1/2" by 15 1/2" in an early 20th century hand carved and painted frame that is in itself very unusual and interesting. Clifford Lewis Warner (1895-1955) was born in Michigan and died in California, possibly Hollywood. He was educated at the Detroit Institute of Arts and served in World War I. An artist and photographer, he settled in California, in San Francisco and Hollywood, around the late 1920's or early 1930's. In 1932 he moved to the California gold country, living in the historic towns of Nevada City and Sonora. This drawing is evenly toned and there is no water damage or foxing.
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