An outright rare monotype print work by a Northern California artist, works of whom rarely appear on the art market, JOHN ALOYSIUS STANTON (1857-1929). He signed it in pencil at lower left and dated it there 1904. The subject is a beached small wooden boat attended by several figures, as the sun sets. A monotype is something of a hybrid between original art and a print; the artist creates the image on a glass or metal plate, which is pressed once or at most only a few times, into that plate, creating the imagery.
The measurements are 7" by 12" (in the original dark stained oak frame which is 9" by 14"). Stanton was born in the gold rush town of Grass Valley, California. He was brought to San Francisco while very young and attended local art schools, and later, studied in Paris under Laurens and Puvis de Chavannes. By 1894 he was named chief administrator of the 1894 California Midwinter International Exposition held in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, and during this period he also taught, as a professor, at the old Mark Hopkins School of Design (later known as the San Francisco Art Institute). For a time Stanton had a studio in downtown San Francisco. He moved to Palo Alto in 1904, (the year this work was created). After his death, a relative with no knowledge of the potential value of art is said to have thrown away most of the contents of his studio, making Stanton's works rare today. CONDITION: as seen in the photos, there is damp staining at left top and center, and at lower right. There is also a small round dark brown dot in the sky. This could all likely be treated by a paper restorer. The frame is likely the original; note fragment of remaining hand-written label at lower left on reverse. When I opened this up, I saw that a March 1905 page of a Los Angeles newspaper remained inside, used as padding.
JOHN ALOYSIUS STANTON (1857-1929) rare original monotype print by noted early Northern California artist