This is an ink and watercolor drawing of a sulking child sitting on a curb, unframed, and measuring 11 1/2" by 9". Signed in pencil at lower right and dated there 1929, the work is executed on heavy paper. It's affixed at top corners to cardboard (originally was affixed at all four corners, but now those corners have been released----one of them by tearing, the extreme corner remaining affixed to the backing). The expression on the boy's face and the early 20th century dress reminds one of "Little Rascals". The tradition of depicting children in this way can be traced to the often-imitated American artist John George Brown (18 -19 ). The work shows its age, with some rumpling of the paper, old evidence of a previous mat's position (see especially at upper left), and an old water stain at right, including the signature area. Pauline Emily Lehman was born in Germany on Sept. 9, 1869. "Poli" Lehman settled in Los Angeles in 1898. She died there on July 1, 1949.
Ink and watercolor 1929 drawing by California listed artist Pauline Emily Lehman (1869 -1949)