For the collector of vintage and historical Texas art, a small watercolor painting (6" by 4 1/4")---10 1/2" by 8 1/2" in the old original framing---signed at lower left by the noted Texas-associated woman artist EMMA RICHARDSON CHERRY (1859-1954). The work is titled on the backing paper apparently in the hand of the artist "Wall Tower--Morat, Switzerland", and she wrote her Houston address as well as the original price (which is indecipherable). Cherry was born in Illinois and died in Houston in her mid nineties after a long and productive life. She was an art instructor in Nebraska in the 1880's (and she continued to instruct throughout her life, influencing many others). Cherry studied in Paris and New York. In 1903 she was in Chicago, and apparently she spent time in Denver. She was in Houston by 1896, bringing with her to that young city a sweeping knowledge of art trends and history. She is credited with being the first to bring modernism to Houston (Cherry worked in many different styles from traditional to modern), and is credited as one of the early founders of the museum there. Widely traveled, she promoted herself in Texas, around the country, and internationally.
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