This is an original watercolor and gouache for the "Conovier" family by the American heraldic artist R. B. Irmtraut. It was executed during the late 19th or early 20th Century and is done on a heavy illustration paper that bears the blind stamp "Bristol LM." It is matted and framed in a modern fluted cove frame with a dark finish.
R. B. Irmtraut was an illustrator of heraldic crests and an authority on their design. Examples of his work appeared in a magazine published by the American College of Heraldry. The first example probably was in: "Chronotype," (American College of Heraldry) March, 1873, Vol. 1, No. 3, between pages 80 and 81. This is a full page illustration of heraldic design symbols and is signed at the bottom right of the page.
Measurements are: watercolor, 10 1/2 inches x 8 1/4 inches; sheet, 16 1/2 inches x 12 1/2 inches; frame, outer dimensions, 21 1/2 inches x 19 1/4 inches.
Condition is: watercolor is bright and strong. The sheet has several flaws: in the lower right there are a few pin head size raised bumps; the bottom edge of the sheet is toned; tears and imperfections in lower margin the do not extend into the image.
Vintage original American heraldic watercolors are very scarce. This example was one of a pair purchased many years ago from a collection if the Hudson River Valley in New York. The other example is offered as JT105.
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