Washington Girard (Tennessee, 1873-1931) oil on board landscape painting titled “Spring Beeches,” depicting a grove of beech trees with pink and light green foliage along a still stream. Signed “Washington Girard” lower right. Titled in pencil, en verso. Housed in a gilt and wood frame. Sight – 24″ H x 18 1/4″ W. Framed – 29 5/8″ H x 23 1/4″ W. 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. (source: Weesner, “William Washington Girard”, Tennessee Historical Quarterly, Spring, 1986). CONDITION: Overall good condition with craquelure to lower quadrant. Painting has been cleaned.
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