Watercolor on paper by Eileen Hayes (Tennessee, 20th century) depicting Gay Street in downtown Knoxville, with an African American man driving a cart with a water barrel and mule, foreground, a horse drawn streetcar to the right and the downtown skyline in the background. Signed lower right "Eileen Hayes". Pencil inscription en verso reads "Settlin down Old Gay, Circa 1890". Sight – 15 3/8" H x 24 1/4" W. Chrome frame – 22" H x 30 1/2" W. Late 20th century. Note (Courtesy of Steve Cotham, McClung Collection): This painting is after the Russell Harrison copy print of a J. W. Stewart early photography negative, titled "Boy with cart and mule, Gay Street between Hill and Jackson Avenues, 1885." It depicts the practice of settling dust, which was simply wetting down the street. CONDITION: Overall very good condition.
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