Paintings, Prints, Drawings

FA1. The Mysticetus or Common Whale, published by Henry Fisher, Caxton, London, Jan. 1822. A hand-colored, 5" x 8-1/4" engraving, apparently removed from a book in fine condition. See Brewington, Kendall Whaling Museum Prints. pp. 180, plate 553, for a similar item. Very good condition with only the faintest of foxing. $85.00

FA2. Shipbuilding in Essex. (Mass.) lithograph by Gloucester artist Alan Crane, 11-5/8" x 16", signed in pencil lower right, ed. 40. A fine stern view of the Gloucester fishing boat Lois T. Currently the Burnham's back yard and the site of Harold Burnham's barn, which is off to the left (not shown). Alan Crane was a National Academy artist and illustrator. Sold

FA3. Lithograph, U. S. Frigate Constitution by George C. Wales. Sepia-toned, 17-1/4" x 23-1/4" (sight), in a distressed, 19-1/2" x 25-1/2" gold frame. Marked in pencil, lower left "U.S. Frigate Constitution - 44 No. 38" and signed "George C. Wales 1923" lower right. There is minor dampstaining across the lower margin that does not extend to the image. It does wash through the Wales signature. Creative matting would eliminate this flaw. $350.00

FA4. Framed China trade tea label: Golden Egg Chop Choisest Formosa Oolong No. Tait & Co., within a foliate border. Black and gold lettering on a red field. Mid-19th century. Fine in a 15-1/4" x 13-3/4" plain black frame. $75.00

FA5. Lithograph of the pirate John Silver, 18-1/4" x 15", marked in the plate, lower right : NW 1900 (N.C. Wyeth), in a plain 20" x 17" mahogany colored frame. The print is sepia-toned, good condition. A large illustration form Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island. $450.00

FA6. The Red Handkerchief. Watercolor and gouache on paper, 6-1/2" x 8" (sight) in a 15-1/4" x 16-1/2" off-white frame with a blue liner. Signed indistinctly and dated 40 in the lower-center. Signed on the reverse: Ben Stahl Line Squall (?) Jan. 18, 1941. Stahl was born in 1910. He exhbited at the Art Institute of Chicago 1931-1936. He was an illustrator for American Artist, Magazine World and The Saturday Evening Post. Fine condition. $300.00

FA7. Chatham Light. Watercolor on paper, 11" x 14-3/4" (sight) in a mat and plain 17" x 21" gold frame. Marked Chatham, lower-left and signed James A. Mitchell in the lower-right. Fine condition. Sold

The following two items are early watercolors by Rockport modelmaker and artist Erik A. R. Ronnberg, Jr.:

FA8. Lobster boat at low tide, Rockport. Watercolor on paper, 11" x 19-1/2" (sight) in an archival double mat and a silvered and black 19" x 27" frame. Signed lower-right: Erik A. R. Ronnberg, Jr. 1977. Fine. $750.00

FA9. Laura and Bob, Rockport Harbor. Watercolor on paper, 19-1/2" x 13-1/4" (sight) in an archival double mat and a 28-1/2" x 22" wooden frame. Signed lower right: Erik A. R. Ronnberg, Jr. 1976. Fine $750.00

The following six paintings and drawings are by the late 19th to early 20th century artist C. E. Dennison. Dennison lived in Annisquam and recorded the harbor activity in Gloucester, in particular. He was distantly related to Fitz Hugh Lane. This art descended in his family.

FA10. Sand Dunes. Watercolor on paper, 10-1/2" x 14-1/2", matted in a molded, 18" x 22", birdseye maple frame. Signed C.E. Dennison, lower-left. Faint foxing across the top. $450.00

FA11. Watching the Fisherman's Race. Pencil sketch on paper, 8" x 10-1/4", matted in a molded, 14" x 16-1/2" bird's eye maple frame. A crowd on the rocks, many with binoculars, observing the races. Fine $145.00

FA12. Fishing Schooners Drying Sails, Inner Harbor. Pencil drawing, 7-3/4" x 10-1/4", matted in a molded, 14" x 16-1/2" tiger maple frame. Fine. $125.00

FA13. Watercolor on paper of a four-masted, steel-hulled ship, signed in the lower-left: C.J.A. Wilson, 1919. A fine 13" x 19-1/2" ship portrait in a half-round, 16-1/4" x 23" tiger maple frame with a gold liner. Fine condition. Charles J.A. Wilson was born in 1880 in Glasgow. He came to America as an infant and was raised in Newton, Ma. He worked as an artist for Bethlehem Shipbuilding in East Boston. Wilson was an official Coast Guard artist during World War II. He died in 1965. His copper plate etchings are highly collectible. His paintings are uncommon. Wilson's works are in the collections of the Peabody Essex Museum (Salem, Ma.), the U.S.S. Constitution Museum (Boston), the Hart Nautical Museum at M.I.T., and the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, Me. $1,350.00