A rare, early (1934) watercolor from an artist of the so-called "Lost Colony" of Saint Augustine, Florida artists, ROBERT HAMILTON, featuring one of the classic old buildings of the town dating to the end of the 18th century, the "Old Fatio House", (known today as the "Ximenez-Fatio House"),painted in an impressionist hand. Hamilton signed the work and lower right and dated it there. Measurements are 9" by 13 1/4" inside the mat, 14 1/2" by 18 3/4" as framed. The painting is in excellent condition, the colors rich and not faded. The "Lost Colony" flourished roughly between the years 1930 and 1950, when northern artists from such art colonies as Rockport, Ogunquit, Woodstock and Provincetown headed south for the winter climate in Florida. Emmett Fritz, Harold Etter and Rosalie Barclay are some of the other artists who were part of this group. Saint Augustine art is eagerly sought after nowadays, and this work is a beautiful example of some of the art that came out of the colony. Found in Pennsylvania (reverse has a label of the prestigious Newman Galleries of Philadelphia). Also affixed to the backing is a typed sheet giving the title of the work, "Old Fatio House" and providing information such as its being at the time the "oldest tavern in the United States", and that famous guests on the register included Edgar Allan Poe, Ralph Waldo Emerson, William Cullen Bryant, and so forth. Interestingly the artist gives 20 Aviles Street as his address at the time, and that is the address of the house; so perhaps he was living there during the Depression when part of the art colony. Today the basic structure of the coquina-rock house is still recognizable (see the internet for details including photos), and the property has been lovingly cared for, its rich history researched and preserved. It is now on the register of National Historic Places as well as Florida registers of historical properties.
ROBERT HAMILTON Florida art Saint Augustine watercolor painting dated 1934 by "Lost Colony" artist