A fine pastel drawing of a small structure that appears to be almost adobe-like, surrounded by trees, signed at lower left and dated there 1970 by American artist WILLIAM BEAL (1914-1995). The work measures 9 3/4" by 14 1/4" (17 1/2" by 21 1/2" in silvery mid century frame). Beal was the son of important American artist Gifford Beal and nephew of Reynolds Beal. Born in New York City, he spent much time in Maine at Port Clyde and on Monhegan Island, becoming friendly with artists Edwin Gunn and Andrew Wyeth. Internet research reveals that he was also an actor, director, and producer in the New York City theater world, and for a time, artist-in-residence at Ithaca College. The drawing is in excellent condition; frame has some wear particularly on the left edge (not shown in images). Though the art itself does not appear to have been affected, it is clear that at one time since framed, this was exposed to some moisture. The silk mat is buckled at left so that and all backing materials will need to be replaced.
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