This is an original pen and ink drawing with pastel highlights. The subject is "Squeaker Cove," Monhegan Island, Maine. The artist was Elizabeth N. Erlanger (1901-1975). She did a group of drawings of Squeaker Cove and we are labeling this drawing "No. 1" for convenient reference. It is signed Erlanger in the lower left and titled on the original mounting page. Provenance is: Estate of the artist. It was executed in 1955 when Erlanger spent a summer on Monhegan Island, an important artist colony in Maine. She is a recognized Monhegan artist and she preserved her Monhegan works in a labeled portfolio dated 1955.
Erlanger was a highly regarded abstract artist throughout her life. She studied at the Art Students League and with Hans Hoffman. She was a member of many important organizations including the National Association of Women Artists, the American Society of Contemporary Artists (Pres. 1963-1965), etc. Her work is in the Brandeis Museum, the Peabody, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, etc. The National Association of Women Artists awards a prize in her honor.
Measurements are: drawing, 7 1/2 inches x 5 3/4 inches; outside frame, 18 5/8 inches x 15 1/4 inches.
Condition is excellent. It has professional conservation framing.
This drawing of an identified location on Monhegan Island is well executed and highly collectible. It would be a fine addition to any collection that focuses on Mid-century Modern and the artwork that goes with it. Please call or email if you have questions.