William Nowland Van Powell (Tennessee, 1904-1977) oil on canvas painting titled "Farington England Town Pump" depicting an old stone water pump in a street median before a row of store front facades. Signed and dated "Nowland Van Powell 52" lower left. Titled, signed, and dated en verso of canvas. Handwritten notation reading "There was no handle on the old pump–no water any/longer–but it had been the very enter of this/18th century town once–Old timers at the/"local"–said it to be good water–if one wanted water," en verso of stretcher. Housed in an off white wooden frame with a gilt wood rabbet edge. Sight – 9 1/2" H x 7 1/2" W. Framed – 13 1/2" H x 11 1/2" W. Mid 20th century. 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: Overall very good condition.
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