Fine, good-sized (18 1/2" by 23 1/2", 26" by 31 1/2" framed) watercolor painting of a two-masted sailing craft unfurling sails at the dock, birds circling overhead and two figures in a row boat at left, signed at lower right by noted American illustrator artist CHARLES E. PONT (1898-1971). The work is by the hand of a talented and well-documented artist. The following information was taken from a lengthy online biography. Pont was born in France but was in New York as an infant, abandoned shortly thereafter by his mother. Early artistic talent was followed by training at Pratt and Cooper Union. By the 1930's Pont was working as a commercial artist, creating largely maritime cover art for the likes of Motor Boating, Yachting, and Power Boating magazines. He also worked on books and children's books, as well as greeting cards and other graphic arts work. The WPA also gave him commissions and he created a number of murals still to be seen in public buildings. Later in life he taught and turned increasingly to capturing the maritime scenes of the old New England coast. Pont's work was displayed at the 1939 World's Fair in New York. The Smithsonian, Navy Department, Metropolitan Museum, New York Public Library, Syracuse Museum and Rochester Institute of Technology, among many others, own examples of his work. This piece has some foxing in the sky at top center to the right of the sea birds, and there are similar, minor foxing spots in several other locations, but they do not create a significant distraction. The frame is of a gray weathered wood style. Allow for reflections in a few images.
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