Ernest W. Watson
1884-1969, American

The Victor
1884-1969, American

Woodblock, image size 8 7/8 x 9 1/2 inches, pencil signed, titled and edition number, "Ernest W. Watson", "27/100" and "The Victor". A New England native, Watson graduated from Massachusetts College of Art and later in life co-founded the Berkshire Summer School of Art. He possessed a genuine desire for all to be able to understand the nuances of art and so began a lifelong career of creating instructional books and magazines on how to draw, paint and sculpt.

Painting

Dawn on the Seashore

This is an atmospheric 19th Century French painting attributed to Maxime Emile Louis Maufra (1861-1918). Oil on canvas, 8 3/4 x 14 inches, c. 1890s, unsigned, with a label on the back identifying the painting as Maufra's, framed. There is also a stamp on the back of the canvas "Blanchet 20 Rue Saint [Benoit?] Paris", a well known 19th century artist supply store. Although we cannot be certain of the artist, this is a well painted seascape with a subtle palette and lovely sense of light and atmosphere, and certainly appears to have been done by a very competent hand.

Print

La Sainte Vierge
1694-1776, European

Engraving after Raphael,image size: 15 1/8 x 10 1/8 inches, paper size: 23 x 17 1/4 inches, #.6 l.r., watermark TAD, Prov. JW Randal: 6992

Drawing

River View with Cottages
1844-1920, American

Charcoal drawing, image size 10 3/8 x 16 5/8 inches, unsigned