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GRACE T. HOWELL (1876-1966) San Diego coast vintage painting

GRACE T. HOWELL (1876-1966) San Diego coast vintage painting

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Directory: Fine Art: Paintings: Oil: N. America: American: Pre 1950: Item # 1455574
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A most interesting and rare painting of San Diego Bay, the view looking east, oil on canvas laid on panel, 11" by 14", unframed, signed at lower right by listed California artist GRACE TRIMBLE HOWELL (1876-1966). This appears to be a view from Point Loma, encompassing military ships pulled up at Coronado, the buildings of downtown in the middle distance, and the mountains of east county in the far distance. A 1940's or 1950's date might be appropriate. The artist was born in Denver, and she was painting by age 16. In 1897 she married. By 1927 she was in San Diego, settling in inland La Mesa. She exhibited at La Jolla a number of times. Howell was known for paintings of deserts, countryside east of San Diego, and coastal views. This painting could use a cleaning to remove yellowed varnish and restore the original color. Note the eucalyptus tree at left, the sail boats, red-roofed municipal buildings, and military vessels at anchor. See a second work by the artist in my shop---an impressionistic desert scene.