This is a very impressive complex drawing in ink, watercolor and gold and silver paint, dated at lower left 1924 and signed there by the artist, DA LORIA BELLE ELKIN NORMAN (1872-1935). The work, 6 3/4" by 9 3/4" plus narrow original frame, features several old style (16th century?) sailing vessels caught up evidently in a furious tempest on a rugged coast. The detail and quality of the drawing is quite amazing. At top center, there might be disturbance due to past water exposure; view images. Norman was born in Kansas and lived in Surrey, England from 1884 to 1913. While there she became quite attracted to the Arts and Crafts movement; Walter Crane and Sir William Blake Richmond praised her work, and she was a friend of the intellectual Rabindranath Tagore. A work was exhibited at the Louvre in 1914. In the later years of her life she lived in artistic Old Lyme, Connecticut. The New York Public Library commissioned a work, and her papers reside at the Museum of American Art at the Smithsonian. Norman is considered one of the foremost American illuminator artists, but her rare work does not appear often, apparently limiting her fame. This piece is in excellent condition.
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