So lively and colorful you can almost hear the laughter coming from the tents at the beach carnival depicted in this print. Judging from the lack of 'cyclone' type roller coasters, or even electric signs, this is an early 20th C piece - definitely from a gentler time.
The overall impression is of a placid ocean resort with colorful tents, but as your eye moves in for a closer look, you begin to see the individual figures rendered loosely in frenetic line which gives them a sense of movement and life in bold and happy colors. I'm not sure where this scene is set, or even which continent, but the spirit is universal.
CONDITION is great. The piece is nicely framed under glass in its original frame, a mahogany molding with an inner gold edge. The mat is an old one and not archival, so eventually you may choose to replace it, but this doesn't detract from enjoying it just as it is. I believe this is some type of offset lithograph, each color was inked on a separate plate with no evidence of dots or screened color grading. Signed at the lower right and numbered lower left. Try as I might, I cannot make out the artist's name - it looks like Will Burton, or maybe Barton. If you recognize the artist, please drop me a line, I'd love to know and give the correct attribution. Measures 29 5/8" x 24 5/8" overall, with a sight size inside the mat of 21 3/4" x 16 3/4". The printed image exclusive of the numbering and signature is 20" x 15 3/4" Weighs 7 lb. 8 oz.
This is a delightful piece, evoking an old fashioned summer day at the beach. For some of us it's Coney Island, for others Venice Beach, Blackpool, the French Riviera, or just a penny arcade by a Michigan lakefront, but wherever we spent those childhood summer days the memories linger. Enjoy!