This is a lush, finely detailed landscape by Henry W. Kemper, painted in 1865, signed and dated on the lower left corner. Oil on canvas, 16 x 14 inches, in the original period gilt frame. Kemper paints a very peaceful image of this long forgotten mill. In this verdant summer scene, a traveler approaches the mill from the darkness of the forest just as the sun peeks through passing storm clouds.
A whimsical image by Hermine David done in drypoint with pochoir color, c. 1929. Pencil signed and numbered on the lower margin. David was known as one of the most outstanding women painters of the early 20th. century. Born and raised in Paris and at the age of 16 was accepted into the Ecole Des Beaux Arts, later going on to study at the Academy Julien. Equally well-known as a miniaturist and printmaker, she went on to have a long successful career and was awarded the Legion of Honor in 1932.