An original drawing on paper of couples sitting at tables in a formal garden patio setting, attended to by a waiter, signed at lower left margin by the well-listed California artist CLARK HOBART (1868-1948). The sheet, unframed and currently in a protective plastic sleeve, measures 10" by 8 1/2". Hobart was born in Rockford, Illinois. He was in California as a child, then studied at the San Francisco School of Design under Stanton and Giuseppe Cadenasso and also privately with William Keith. He studied further in Paris and in New York at the Art Students League under Blum and George Bridgman. After some time as an art director in New York, he returned to California, to Monterey, in 1911. A few years later, he was very well received by critics at the 1915 Panama Pacific Exposition, where his monotypes were exhibited; (the drawing in many ways resembles that monotype technique and may well have been a study for one of them). Hobart went on to paint extensively in an impressionist California Plein Air style, ultimately passing away in Napa in 1948. His canvases have sold at important California art auctions, and his best works are highly coveted by dealers in high-end California art. This drawing has a sharp vertical crease from top to bottom edge, a little over an inch in from the right edge---as found. Framed, this will be less obvious. See images. Also there is a short edge tear in the signature area.