Large (22" by 36", unframed) pastel drawing on heavy paper, which has been in turn laid on canvas, signed at lower left center by the well-listed American landscape artist GEORGE DOUGLAS BREWERTON (1827-1901). The impressive drawing features a Hudson River School-like landscape with no figures, the hazy ball of the sun dominating the sky. The overall effect is one of Luminism. Brewerton led a fascinating life for his times. Born in Newport, Rhode Island to a military family (West Point), he sailed to San Francisco as a boy of 20. Brewerton accompanied Kit Carson's overland expedition, as a soldier, from Los Angeles to New Mexico Territory during the mid 1840's wars along the Southwest border. Returning to the east in 1852 he already proved his considerable artistic talents, exhibiting at the National Academy of Design. Brewerton traveled widely from one end of the United States to the other in the ensuing years, from New England to South Carolina, Washington State, California. His reputation today rests on his meticulous pastel landscapes, executed in a consistent and immediately recognizable style. CONDITION: unfortunately, traveling unframed and without protective glass, this fine work has seen its share of abuse over the past century plus. There are several rips and punctures of the paper and canvas, and scuffs and scratches. A paper restorer would likely be able to minimize these issues. The work is worth saving.
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