Gilbert Gaul (New York/Tennessee/New Jersey, 1855-1919) oil on board landscape painting titled in pencil en verso SOUTH NASH, depicting a country road with a female figure and a small dog standing at a crossroads. Signed GAUL, lower right. Artist name and painting dimensions, along with possible exhibition number "185," en verso. Housed in a contemporary 22k gold leaf fluted cove molded frame with carved corner ornaments. Sight – 11 3/4" H x 15 3/8" W. Framed – 19 3/4" H x 23 1/4" W. Circa 1895. Provenance: Private Middle Tennessee collection. Biography (courtesy Askart: The Artists' Bluebook): New Jersey born Gilbert Gaul studied at the National Academy of Art and the Art Students League and was a member of the National Academy of Design. He worked as an illustrator for Harper's Monthly and made numerous trips West to record visual images during the late 1870s, often living on Army posts and with Indian tribes. Gaul maintained studios in New York City and Middle Tennessee. In the 1880s, he was among a group of 11 artists commissioned by the Federal Government to illustrate the Eleventh Census of 1890. He also traveled and painted in Mexico and South America. CONDITION: Overall very good condition. 1 1/4" crack to paint, top left of board. Minute area of loss/pinprick, lower center of board.
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