Watercolor on paper adhered to mat board, 8 x 10 1/4 inches, signed on the back and inscribed "Old Peep Toad Mill / North S[cit]uate, RI / Aug. 5, 1914." The town name is hard to make out, but there is an old Peep Toad Mill in East Killingly, Connecticut, not far from the Rhode Island state line. Hays had a studio in Providence, RI, and is known for painting bucolic subjects.
This 1906 etching by Jules de Bruycker measures 13 1/4 x 5 3/8 inches. It is pencil signed and titled and plate dated. Jules de Bruycker was a Belgium born artist whose images were inspired by ordinary people on the streets and in the market places. Heavily influenced by Frank Brangwyn and James Whistler, he was considered the most important Belgium etcher in the early 20th Century.