Magazine illustration: “A Winter’s Trip to Nassau”, author: Oscar F. Howard, Scribner’s Monthly, March 1917;
Gouache, conté, and other pencils, 9.5 x 14.5" signed, dated and titled lower right.
Condition: Very good overall: glue residue in upper margin, outside the image; the board has toned with age. Matted but not framed.
Howard enhances the sense of being on-the-spot with his accurate rendering of light (values), all the more remarkable since his rendering is not naturalistic, but highly designed into patches of muscular shapes. The writing is his own, and it’s clear the author is thrilled to be discovering the place, relating the history of Blackbeard, and enjoying the fishing for mackerel, turbot, and shark. Howard was a Westport Connecticut artist, married to Lila Howard.