Ellsworth Woodward

Portrait of a Lady (by leader of "Southern Art Renaissance"), 1905
Watercolor on Cardboard-Mounted Paper
15 x 11 in
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Many of you clicking on this watercolor are probably doing so because you know of Ellsworth Woodward, who with his brother William Woodward around the turn of the 20th century sparked an arts renaissance in the South, the arts and culture in general having been mostly moribund since the dispiriting defeat experienced in the Civil War. I won't bog you down with lots of detail here since all you have to do is Google his name to bring up a wealth of information about him. He is most famous for his leadership of the arts program at Newcomb College in New Orleans, and its famous Newcomb Pottery (these ceramics now bring thousands of dollars - I have two of them in my inventory). This watercolor is apparently from a sketchbook, and is on paper mounted on cardboard. You can either trim the edges and frame it at a conventional size, or "float-frame" it keeping the edges intact if you like the aged appearance. The painting is not in pristine form - you can see in the photos the little flaws here and there. But there is nothing really distracting, or Detracting from the beauty of this portrait. Own a piece of American history!