A rarely encountered work by the noted early Alabama woman artist DORIS ALEXANDER THOMPSON (1906-1995), titled in pencil at lower left margin "Capitol Vista, Montgomery", signed in the plate at lower right "D. ALEXANDER", and signed in pencil "Doris Alexander" at lower right margin. The subject is the façade with gracious old columns at the state Capitol building. The artist's works are not common and even the askart listing is not to be seen despite her importance in the southern art scene. She was a student of John Roderick MacKenzie (1865-1941), one of the most notable of the early artists of Alabama. Doris Alexander was an active member of the so-called Dixie Art Colony, which developed in 1932 as an extension of the Montgomery Museum of Art. Online information shows that the artist's lithography press is still to be seen in a Magnolia Springs, Alabama museum. In 2007, the artist was included in a Eufaula lecture addressing early artists in the state of Alabama. Other Southern printmakers featured in that presentation included Roderick MacKenzie (1865-1941), Clara Weaver Parrish (1861-1925), Anne Goldthwaite (1869-1944), Marian Acker (MacPherson) (1906-1993), Mary Wallace Kirk (1889-1978), Richard Coe (1904-1978), Frank Hartley Anderson (1890-1947), Mildred Nungester (Wolfe) (1912- ), Virginia Barnes (1895-1984), Maltby Sykes (1911-1992), Richard Zoellner (1908-2003), Scott Stephens, Michael Crouse, Conrad Ross, Uthman Abdur-Rahman, Derek Cracco and Leonard LaRoux. This print measures 12 3/4" by 9" (sheet) and the area that was inside the present mat (10 1/4" by 7 3/8", and roughly the same dimensions as the imagery portion) is heavily oxidized (browned). The oxidation is quite pronounced on that front side but interestingly it does not permeate the entire sheet---not visible at all on the reverse side of the heavy paper, although there is discolored old tape residue there. Almost certainly these issues could be addressed by a paper restorer. In the pencil signature area especially in the word "Doris" but also in her last name there is some old abrasion of the paper, some of that causing the penciled middle letters of "Doris" to be pretty much missing. The condition issues notwithstanding, this is just very, very rarely seen work, and such scarce Southern art is today very much sought after by both dealers and collectors.
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