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Washington Girard (American, 1873-1931) oil on canvas Tennessee landscape, depicting a cabin and rolling hills along a creek, likely Sycamore Creek in Cheatham County or Brown's Creek in Davidson County. Signed lower left. "The Jacqueline and New Crouch Collection of American Paintings Clarksville, Tennessee" label, additional information label, and sealed envelope, en verso. 18" x 24" canvas, 23 " x 29" in period oak frame. Early 20th century. Biography: William Washington "Wash" Girard was born on Sycamore Creek in Cheatham County, Tenn. and after high school traveled to New York to study under marine painter Edward Moran. Following the death of his girlfriend, he returned to Nashville, where he continued painting and was a prolific writer. "His paintings of beech trees, his favorite theme, were often small and painted on Sycamore Creek or Brown's Creek in the Nashville area. Not overly sentimental, these paintings were praised for their romanticism while remaining realistic." -Weesner, "William Washington Girard", Tennessee Historical Quarterly, Spring, 1986. Provenance: Private Belle Meade (Nashville) Tennessee collection, acquired from Jim Williams Fine Art, Nashville. CONDITION: Areas of craquelure, top left and lower middle right. Canvas was cleaned, lined with minimal inpainting and Soluvar varnish in September 1995.