Lloyd Branson (Tennessee, 1861-1925) oil on cardstock landscape painting depicting a small stream leading through a grove of trees with a cabin visible in the background, all bathed in a soft pink early morning or evening light. Signed and dated “Branson 1905″ lower left. Housed in an oval molded gilt wood frame carved decorations. Sight – 9 1/2″ H x 7 1/2″ W. Framed – 12 3/8″ H x 10 3/4” W. Early 20th century. Biography: Enoch Lloyd Branson was best known for his Southern portraits and depictions of East Tennessee history. He moved to New York in 1873 to study at the National Academy of Design, where he won a first prize in 1875. In a partnership with Frank McCrary from 1885 to 1903, Branson became a leader in the East Tennessee arts community. He was a mentor to Catherine Wiley and is credited with discovering Beauford Delaney. (Research courtesy of James A. Hoobler, Tennessee State Museum). CONDITION: Overall good condition with surface grime, toning to back of cardstock. Areas of loss to gilt on frame.
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