Nice, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
19 June 1891
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This watercolor reveals the technical virtuosity of Harry Fenn, an illustrator famed for his rich handling of detail and his bizarre sense of fantasy. As a young man, Fenn sketched widely in the United States for a lavish two-volume set titled Picturesque America. After 1881, he devoted himself to watercolor painting and illustrating. This watercolor represents Lake Memphremagog, which extends across the border of America and Canada, from North Vermont into South Quebec.
Inscription: signed, lower left, in black ink: [artist monogram] ... Memphremagog ; VERSO OF SECONDARY SUPPORT, lower left, in graphite: WCA - 3518 ; [see departmental card for record of old inscriptions]
Medium: watercolor and gouache over graphite
Dimensions: Sheet: 34.3 x 47.4 cm (13 1/2 x 18 11/16 in.)
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Noah L. Butkin
Accesion Number: 1976.115
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