A pencil drawing of a young girl at the coast (sailing craft visible in the left background), 14 1/2" by 11 3/4" in thin strip frame), signed at lower right by the noted California impressionist painter JOE DUNCAN GLEASON (1881-1959). The sketch may be a study for a painting. Gleason is known for his landscapes, marine scenes, especially those with sailing ships large and small, and portraits. Born in Watsonville near Monterey, CA and raised in Los Angeles, he received extensive art education in L.A., San Francisco, Chicago, Mexico City, and also in New York at the Art Students League. As early as age 14 he was working as an illustrator for an engraving company. He also created illustrations for the magazines Leslie's Monthly, Ladies Home Journal, Forecast, Mother's Magazine and Hearst's Magazine. Later he worked for MGM and Warner Brothers in Hollywood. Paintings he created in the 1920's and 1930's have brought to as high as $140,000 at auctions of California art. His oil views of Avalon Harbor on Catalina Island are especially sought after by collectors. There is a circa 1920's or 1930's framer's label on reverse paper from DeLand, 415 S. Main St., Los Angeles. Condition: vintage condition; some light surface creases, and blotchy lighter areas in the margins, easily hidden by a recommended mat. There is some rippling of the paper in a generally vertical orientation, appearing almost as a drip stain in one image, but in reality it is simply a shadow cast by a ripple. Allow for reflections in a few images.