Charming Colorful Folk Art Homestead
Probably Northeast, likely Pennsylvania, ca. 1831-1840.
Watercolor on paper. A delightful example of folk art in which the untrained artist captured beautiful his/her feelings toward their home. Note how the flowers and hummingbird are exaggerated in size, suggesting how important they were. The massive butterfly may indicate leaving, as in flown away.
The backboard has an article and two labels, informing that this watercolor was sold In 1965 to Clyde Youtz, indicating Lebanon, PA in 1831. The article reads states that there is a poem on the back title “The Last Parting” dated 1831. (The back is so well secured that I have not removed it to confirm the article). The “last parting” would be consistent with the symbology of the oversized butterfly flying way. Likely the original frame, which has a terrific crackled surface.
Very good condition with toning, foxing, and minor tears. Frame size about: 15 inches x 10 ½. A nice small size that can go anywhere. From a private Northeast collection.