50% OFF - Still gallery marked, this very old watercolor has been in my family for many years. Done with very light and creamy colors and the frame has a few knocks and bruises, but it is a delightful piece that could be re-framed or left in its original old-fashioned condition which seems to give it some ambiance. Artist signature is quite clear - ELU Bryan. But there is no date and the name was totally unfound through several online art sources. The original torn and tattered black paper on the back was replaced (as was the wire) about 20 years ago, but I kept a piece of the original with its gallery label glued onto the new backing.
The picture was originally purchased at Lillies - The Store Famous For Gifts in Columbus, OH. My mother's family lived in southern Ohio during the early 1900's and a great aunt born in 1895 ultimately lived in Columbus from the mid-1920's until 1967 when she moved to Baltimore. I suspect it was she who purchased it. Written in pencil below the label is the number 4643, which I assume was the gallery stock number. Overall measures 22-3/4 inches wide by 17-1/4 tall. Glass is original. Frame is 2-inches, making the painting itself 18-1/2 by 13 inches. The frame appears to have a resin coating applied over the wood underneath. Parts of this resin coating have been knocked off over the years with the bare wood showing in places on the raised rail around the outside edge. Some years ago an appraiser dated the frame 1920s.