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Early Arrivals - by Churchill Ettinger (American, 1903-1984). Watercolor on paper. Circa 1950s. Size: 14 inches x 20 inches. A charming watercolor painting by the noted sportsman, printmaker and painter Churchill Ettinger. The painting is signed in the lower right and titled in pencil on the reverse of the original frame, 'Early Arrivals.' Ettinger depicts a sportsman who has startled a flock of recently arrived ducks while setting his decoys. His string of decoys is visible in the stern of his boat, and he is whistling on a 'duck call' while paddling through the shallow marsh grasses in a small pond, which is reflecting the early morning light. Churchill Ettinger studied at the National Academy of Design and the Art Students League, both in New York City, and became an illustrator, producing 'covers' for major outdoors sporting publications. In the early 1950's, he settled in Weston, Vermont, where he etched and painted outdoor scenes. His subjects included angling, gun dogs in the field, skiing, waterfowl hunting and wildlife. A presentation on the backing paper of the frame indicates that this work was presented to Bo Adlerbert in 1984, on the occasion of his 75th Birthday, by members of the Swedish Ski Club of New York, and is signed by twenty-eight of its members. Bo Adlerbert emigrated from Sweden, attended Cornell University and became a prominent dairy farmer in New Jersey. He was a member, and served as President, of the Swedish Ski Club. In 1966, Bo moved to Chester, Vermont and became very active in introducing and promoting cross-country skiing to the area, creating a skiing center at his home, 'Bohus.'