ARTIST, ERNEST CRAMER, OF WALT WHITMANS BIRTHPLACE, WITH 2 REMARQUE PAINTINGS ON THE MAT; INSCRIBED TO NOTED WHITMAN COLLECTOR, HARRIET SPRAGUE. ORIGINAL PAINTING BY NOTED W. BIRTHPLACE OF WALT WHITMAN, WALTS OLD WELL...AND THE BARDS BARN TO HARRIET SPRAGUE, DEVOTED TO THE MEMORY OF THE POET [caption titles]. Titles in the artists hand, and signed by Ernest Cramer in watercolor at lower right. Original painting signed by Ernest Cramer. Watercolor on board; matted, framed and glazed (all original), measuring circa 22 x 27.5 inches (total); matted image measures 11 x 15 inches, with 2 watercolor remarques on lower mat, with mounted inscription by the artist.
To Harriet Sprague, Devoted to the Memory of the Poet. Very good condition, with some spotting, foxing, faint staining/fading to mat, light wear to the frame, original backing paper worn/torn, etc. A pleasing image, by a noted artist W.He studied painting at the Royal Academy of Art in Dresden, then moved to Great Britain, living there for fourteen years, prior to settling in America. While there, he fell in love with and became known as a devotee of the English school of watercolor painting. Like so many artists, Cramer worked for a living as a way to support his family and his art before turning to work as an artist full-time. During the Depression, when work became scarce, he worked for the Works Progress Administration W. And the Federal Works Agency, on illustrative and military projects, including a painting of the USS Saratoga, which was installed at the Saratoga National Historic Park during WWII.
His paintings are in some of the finest private collections, and museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Princeton University Art Museum, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, the collections of the late President F. Roosevelt, Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, Pierre Cartier et al. The recipient of this lovely one-of-a-kind work of art was Harriet Sprague, who had one of the finest collections of Whitmaniana in private hands. Part of her collection was exhibited at the Library of Congress in 1939, and much of it is now at the University of Pennsylvania Special Collections Library.
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