A black ink on paper drawing , unframed, 19 1/2" by 16 1/2", signed at lower right with the "F.M." initials of noted American artist, muralist and illustrator FLETCHER MARTIN (1904-1979). The subject is a cavalier-type man and a woman in 18th century dress. This might have been executed as illustration of a published story or book, or perhaps as stage design. There is some white gouache at upper right. This might be altering/covering of some of the design by the artist prior to photography and publication (as one would use "white out" before photocopying something, the area covered not being visible on the reproduced version), or, it could be unrelated, date to a later time, and be not by the hand of the artist. Paper has browned/oxidized evenly (compare the lighter, thin margin area, once hidden behind a mat). Martin was born in a small Colorado town and moved extensively around the west when young. Self-taught, he was in Los Angeles by the late 1920's working as a printer, and teaching at Otis Art Institute, and in the 1930's for a time he assisted the great Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros. During the war he was in a number of military theaters in Europe and the Pacific, illustrating what he saw. By 1967 Martin had retired to Guanajuato, Mexico. Paintings have approached six figures at auction.
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