Two (2) William Nowland Van Powell (Tennessee, 1904-1977) watercolor on papers. 1st item: Eastern European watercolor scene on paper titled "The Hero's Gate, or The Great Gate of Kiev, from Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition". Painting depicts figures in front of the Russian gate together with encampments, vendors, and animals. Signed and dated 1954 lower right. Titled in pencil lower left. Housed under glass in a silver and gilt wood frame with marbleized matte. Sight – 11 1/4" H x 15 3/4" W. Framed – 19 5/8" H x 23 7/8" W. 2nd item: European watercolor painting on paper depicting the exterior of an English pub in Bristol with two gentlemen conversing outside. Pencil signed lower right. Housed under glasss in a painted wood frame and silk matte. Sight – 9 1/4" H x 12 5/8" W. Framed – 15 1/4" H x 18 1/4" W. Provenance: Paintings were given by the artist to a friend who lived in Memphis and has descended in her family. Biography: Memphis, TN architect and artist, Nowland Van Powell (1904-1977) retired from architecture in the 1970s and began to paint full time. He is known for his paintings of ships and naval battles and also for painting Christmas cards for Vice President Spiro Agnew and family in 1971. Van Powell was the author of The American Navies of the Revolutionary War, a collection of his paintings, with descriptive notes by the artist was published in 1974 by G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York. CONDITION: 1st item: Minor abrasions to frame. Painting overall good condition. 2nd item: Overall good condition, slight abrasions to frame.
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