A beautiful, accomplished watercolor landscape painting of a gully with running water, 10 1/2" by 14 1/2" (19" by 22 1/2" in early 20th century gold frame), signed at lower left by the noted California art pioneer WILLIAM LEES JUDSON (1842-1928). The work is in unusually fresh condition, the colors true and not faded. I note a small, obviously very old water drop at extreme upper right, where the tree line meets the right edge. Judson was born in England and emigrated to the United States in 1852. Before moving to California in 1893 in search of a healthy climate, he was very actively moving around, serving in the Civil War, farming for a time in Ontario, Canada, studying art in New York City, and in Paris at the Academie Julien with Bouguereau, and working in Toronto and Chicago. Once in California he quickly became a well-known figure in the art community, as a founding member of the California Art Club, and dean of the Los Angeles College of Fine Arts (which later became a part of the University of Southern California). Despite serving as dean from 1901 to 1922, he found the time to paint prolifically in oil and watercolor, leaving behind a legacy of fine works still appreciated by art collectors today. He was also a founder of the Arroyo Guild of Craftsmen, leaders in the Southern California Arts and Crafts movement. This organization came to be known as Judson Studios, a leader in production of works in stained glass.