A watercolor on artist paper depicting from street level through leaves and trees soaring buildings behind a high wall with a 19th century brownstone to one side. I can’t identify the place, though the brownstone is vaguely similar to the Villard Houses. James Penney (American 1910-1982) was a painter in oils, watercolor and a muralist with numerous exhibition records and works in museums and public buildings. He also taught art. He attended the Art Students League in New York in the 1930’s. This painting has the feel of that time. The mat size is 25 7/8 x 20 inches. The opening is 18 7/8 x 14 inches and the paper size is 19 7/8 x 15 ¾ inches. Signed in capitals, “JAMES PENNEY,” in the lower left.
Condition: Generally, very good. At one time it was thumbtacked to something along the two sides and those sides show some remnants of brown paper packing tape. Some soiling noticeable on the back.
A good unconventional view of New York city.