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Lot 349

Mary G. Johnston O/B Harbor Scene

Estimate: $300 - $350

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Mary Gardner Johnston (Kentucky, 1872-1966) oil on board impressionist marine painting depicting a ship docked in a harbor as grey clouds gather overhead, possibly a Provincetown scene, rendered in a light impasto. Signed "M.G. Johnston" lower right and additionally signed en verso. Original foliate carved frame with old paper label for Lindsey Picture Frame Co., Louisville, Kentucky, en verso. Sight - 9 1/2"H x 7 1/2"W. Frame - 16 1/2"H x 14 1/2"W. Note: Mary Gardner Johnston was best known as an illustrator for The Little Colonel books, written by her stepmother Annie Fellows Johnston. Around 1908 she studied at the Cape Cod School of Art under Charles Hawthorne. In 1933 two of her works were displayed at an exhibit at the J.B. Speed Art Museum, including a watercolor of a Provincetown wharf. The Speed later acquired two of her paintings: "Ernest" and "Tarascon Indian." The latter was exhibited during the Speed's show on "Women in Art: Kentucky's Women Artists" in 1990, well after her death. (Source: Peweevalleyhistory.org).

Condition

A couple of tiny flakes to sky area in painting, otherwise very good condition. Frame has scattered losses, mostly to bottom edge, up to 1"L.

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