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HOWARD B. SMITH  watercolor California painting

HOWARD B. SMITH watercolor California painting

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Directory: Fine Art: Paintings: Watercolor: Pre 1950: Item # 1426568
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A pleasant watercolor painting of a small lake in what appears to be a mountain setting, 8 1/2" by 5 5/8" (13" by 10 1/2" framed), signed at lower left with what appears to be the name Howard B. Smith. I had at first believed this by listed eastern-born, California artist HOWARD E. SMITH (1885-1970), known as an illustrator, portraitist, landscape painter, and etcher. However now I believe this by a Howard B. Smith, who after a google search I have determined to have been somehow associated with art museums in Los Angeles in the first part of the 20th century; the listed Howard E. studied with Tarbell at the Boston Museum School and with Howard Pyle in New York at the Art Students League. Harpers and Scribners both published his illustration work between 1905 and 1913, and Smith taught at the Rhode Island School of Design. The year 1935 saw Howard E. Smith move to Carmel, California and its art colony, where he passed in 1970. Whether this be by Howard E. Smith or Howard B. Smith, this watercolor shows fine composition and execution.