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View, California, San Diego, Mission Valley, Eric Poulson, Vintage Drawings, c. 1958-73


Eric Poulson
Kings Inn, Mission Valley [Hotel Entrance]
Kings Inn, Mission Valley [Kings Grille Entrance]
Kings Inn, Mission Valley [Pool]
[Town & Country Hotel, Lobby Entrance]
Town & Country Inn, Mission Valley [Pool]
Town & Country Inn, Mission Valley [Exterior]

American: c. 1958-1973
Charcoal and conté crayon on paper and illustration board
Signed lower right “Eric Poulson”; some titled
15 x 11 inches average overall, approximate
$200 each

Various drawings are from a large collection of drawings in our inventory by Eric Poulson depicting landscape and city scenes in San Diego, California, and the surrounding area.The particular ones shown here are interior and exterior views of two resort hotels in the Mission Valley section west of downtown San Diego, namely the Kings Inn and the Town & Country Inn.

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As a group, these drawings show a cross-section of San Diego as it appeared about half a century ago, from the historic and picturesque, to the commercial and modern.  They were perhaps part of a large commission from a business or civic organization, possibly the Chamber of Commerce, whose Old San Diego building is depicted in one of the drawings, or possibly drawn for a publication such as the San Diego Evening Tribune, where he was a staff artist. As drawings, they have an informal sketchbook quality, at the same time accurately capturing a sense of place and the details of landscape and architecture. Indeed, extant examples of more finished watercolors of these subjects are known, in the collection of the artist.

Eric Poulson began his career as an artist in his native Montreal, Quebec, in Canada. He moved to San Diego in 1958, where for 15 years he was the staff artist for the San Diego Evening Tribune. In that capacity, he contributed dozens of drawings, including portraits of politicians, visiting heads of state, and sports celebrities. He kept a scrapbook of letters of appreciation from his subjects, including a letter from former President Richard Nixon thanking him for a sketch of First Lady Patricia Nixon.

Condition: Generally very good with the usual light overall toning, wear, soiling associated with illustration art.  Pencil margin lines in many of the works, as issued.


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