For your consideration is a vintage nautical etching of Marblehead, Massachusetts. The artist has captured the atmosphere and momentum of the schooner yacht race, with the masts at full sail. It is beautifully rendered with fine detail and the masts are numbered. The artist, Charles J.A. Wilson, (1880-1965) was a fine marine painter and etcher. He served in the American Navy for over thirty years. From 1899 to 1902 he studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and then enlisted as a military artist in the navy. During the First World War, he worked as a military artist in France and, on many occasions, was commissioned to paint and etch marine views and American warships. From 1920 to 1950, Charles Wilson's art was exhibited throughout the United States, including major shows in Boston, New York, San Francisco, St. Louis and San Diego. In the lower right hand corner, it is signed, Charles Wilson. In the lower left hand corner, it reads, Marblehead. The date of this item would be the 1920's or 30's. The condition of this etching is very good, with some minor foxing. There is some wear to the frame. Dimensions: The frame measures approx. 10 1/2" in length and 8 1/2" in width. The inside of the mat measures approx. 5 5/8" in length and 4 1/2" in width.
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