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 lithograph by Jacob Landau measures 11 x 7 1/4 inches, printed on heavy weight paper with wide margins and is pencil signed, titled and numbered. Laudau used art as a means of communicating the triumphant and also the tragic challenges facing humankind which he witnessed first hand while growing up during the Depression, his service in the army and the profound affect the Holocaust had on him. He often presented these unpleasant topics in a way that emphasized the unlimited possibilities of peace and greater understanding.
Very nice sketch of a tree, standing alone in a meadow, with clouds in the background. This Dexter Dawes pencil sketch is dated 1913 and measures 6 x 9 inches and has sketching notes in the artists' hand on the lower margin.