Reynolds Beal (American, 1867-1951) - Yachting on a Breezy Day. Crayon on paper. Dated 1915. Size: 9 15/16 inches x 14 1/8 inches. Reynolds Beal was a prominent American Impressionist painter and etcher of landscape, yachting and circus scenes. This sketch, executed in colored crayons, captures sailing yachts in brisk breezes off the bluffs of a New England shoreline, probably near Rockport, Massachusetts, where he made his home. This work dates from his most prolific period, between 1910-1920. The drawing is inscribed to his niece, Marjorie Acker (Phillips), who also became an artist and would have been studying at the Art Students League when this drawing was made. In 1921, she married the famous art collector Duncan Phillips, and, eventually, became the director of 'The Phillips Collection,' in Washington, D.C., a position that she held from 1925 until her retirement in 1972. Reynolds Beal came from an artistic family, his younger brother being the artist Gifford Beal. Reynolds received a degree in naval architecture from Cornell and then began his art training at the Art Students League with John Twatchman and, subsequently, with William Merritt Chase. He also traveled in Europe with some of his contemporaries, including H. Dudley Murphy and Childe Hassam. Today, he is recognized as an important American Impressionist. The drawing is in excellent condition and is signed in the lower right, dated 1915, and inscribed, "To Marjorie Acker." It also bears an earlier label from Childs Gallery, Boston.