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Original watercolors (painted on both sides of the same sheet and framed to show both) by John Groth (American, 1908-1988) circa 1950. The first of the watercolors is a combat scene probably created as an illustration for Tolstoy's War and Peace. The second depicts an encounter between two characters seated at a table in a smoky café. The first is signed lower right. The second is marked with Groth's estate stamp.
John Groth is an artist and illustrator famous for his depictions of combat scenes. He was a WWII correspondent for the Chicago Sun, and subsequently covered five other wars, including Vietnam. His works are held by the Metropolitan Museum in New York, and by the AIC in Chicago, among many institutions. Please ask for photos of the second watercolor.