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Willard M. Mitchell Watercolor Painting in Hand Made Frame Listed Artist
Lovely Willard Mitchell Watercolor. It is one of his earlier works with a description that is hand written by him on the back. It is 2 1/2" x 3" and depicts a view of the historic Bonsecour Church of Montreal, Canada. His frames were hand made by his own hand and are very charming. This is the church the Celine Dion got married in. The painting is in condition is EXCELLENT unfaded condition . Frame condition is EXCELLENT.
Signed: Front lower right W.M. Mitchell and signed and verso. History: Willard Morse Mitchell (February 14, 1879 - June 15, 1955) was a Canadian artist and architect best known for his miniature watercolour paintings. They were mostly nature scenes. He was born in Saint John, New Brunswick, the youngest of six children. He attended Rothesay Collegiate and later studied art and architecture in Saint John. He was married in 1904 and that year he moved to Amherst, Nova Scotia. For nearly two decades, he worked as an architect and made paintings in Amherst. He moved to Belleville, Ontario in 1923 and in 1927 he removed to Montreal where he focused exclusively on the sale of his art as souvenir pieces. He died in Montreal in 1955. He is noted for painting very small pieces of art, often no more than 150 square centimetres in size. Many of his latter works depict scenes from rural Quebec. He made his own hand-carved frames and printed paper backings for his pieces that told the story behind the scene depicted; thus he made several versions of the same picture.
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