A beautifully executed watercolor painting of flowers that appear to be red and white hollyhocks growing in a yard, a house and trees in the distance. The work (15 1/2" by 13 1/2" as framed) is signed at lower right and dated July 30 07 (1907) by the noted Toledo, Ohio woman artist, KATE BRAINARD LAMB (1862-1955). Lamb was born to prominent citizens of Toledo. She was sent to finishing school in New Jersey, studying there with William Lathrop and George Smillie. Lamb painted in oil and watercolor, becoming a well known artist in the especially art-appreciative city of Toledo. She returned to Toledo in 1902 and was considered one of the city's top landscape painters. Lamb was a founding member of the Athena Club, now the Toledo Women Artists Club. She was also a member of the Toledo Museum of Art and the Ohio Watercolor Society. The colors on this watercolor are very fresh, but I do note a several inch long scratch/cut in the paper traveling roughly from the tree at left into the red flowers area. The flaw is really very hidden in the busy activity of the watercolor. Without knowing it was there, one would have difficulty discerning it. The likely-original frame has a few chips missing at top and bottom left corners. See photos.
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