A large graphite on heavy paper drawing, likely a sketch study for a subsequent painting, 18" by 24" (26 1/2" by 32" framed), signed at lower right and titled "USS Los Angeles" by the artist, the noted California-associated, British-born artist ARTHUR EDWAINE BEAUMONT (1890-1978). According to a detailed Wikipedia accounting of the history of the vessel, the ship was a Baltimore class heavy cruiser, laid down by the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, on 28 July 1943 and launched on 20 August 1944. She saw action in the Pacific and then in the early 1950's, saw her most active mission off the Korean peninsula, shelling enemy positions and taking on fire from shore batteries. The ship continued in service in the Pacific theater until 1963 when she was finally decommissioned, with eventual scrapping in 1975. According to a beautifully laid out, readable, detailed, most interesting biography/career site about Beaumont, launched by the artist's son Geoffrey Campbell Beaumont, in 1947 the mayor and city council of Los Angeles commissioned Arthur Beaumont to paint a very large work featuring the USS Los Angeles. It remained in plain view in City Hall until 1972 when it was cut from its frame by burglars, and was never seen again. The warship, with its distinctive number "135" identification number, was a favorite subject of the artist, who painted a number of watercolors featuring it. Beaumont was born in Norfolk, in England, and came to Saskatchewan, Canada in 1909 to work on a ranch. Shortly thereafter he was in California. Subsequent to art training in San Francisco at the Mark Hopkins Art Institute, Beaumont was a Navy artist during the war in the Pacific. This was perhaps his most prolific period. He continued to paint into his old age, living out his last years in Orange County. Beaumont's marine paintings, drawings, and graphics are his trademark, but he also worked other subject matter. Today his work commonly appears at auctions of California and marine art. This drawing is difficult to photograph, it being subtle, but it shows clearly the skill of the artist. The paper has a broad, rounded vertical fold just to the left of center. Otherwise it is in good condition. In order to better show the drawing, I have had to increase the contrast of the image. The paper is white, not grayish or dark as some of the photos may indicate. There are also some reflections, which give the impression of mottling which is not actually present.
ARTHUR EDWAINE BEAUMONT (1890-1978) large pencil drawing study of USS Los Angeles by noted California marine artist