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Landscape Art, Tropical Beach, Charles Baskerville, Vintage Watercolor (Sold)

Charles Baskerville (1896-1994)
[Shoreline with Palm Tree]
American: 20th Century
Watercolor on paper with painted mylar overlay, as issued
Signed lower right in pencil, “Baskerville”
Provenance: Estate of Charles Baskerville, Sold William Doyle Galleries, 1995
11 x 14 inches, overall

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Original watercolor beach scene with a white rowboat pulled up on the sand near a slender palm tree on a sunny day. Softly blended pastel shades of blue and tan convey a peaceful mood. The palm tree is painted on a sheet of mylar overlaying the paper which gives a strong sense of depth. The locale could be in Florida, given that Baskerville spent considerable time there in his latter years.

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Born in Raleigh, North Carolina, Charles Baskerville lived with his family in Chapel Hill until their move to NY in 1904. He graduated from Cornell University and attended classes at the Art Students’ League, New York, and the Academie Julien, Paris. His artistic endeavors were interrupted by service in both World Wars. As an infantry lieutenant in World War I, he received several honors including the Silver Star, Purple Heart and Victory Medal. During World War II he reached the rank of Lieutenant Colonel as Official Portrait Painter of the Army Air Force and was awarded the Legion of Merit. The 72 portraits of generals and war heroes he painted are on permanent display at the Pentagon.

After his service he traveled extensively around the world, producing portraits of prominent world leaders such as the King of Nepal and Prime Minister Nehru of India. He also painted a number of prominent individuals including Ambassador Winthrop W. Aldrich, Ambassador Stanton Griffis, Helen Hayes, the Duchess of Windsor, Colonel Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, Ailsa Mellon Bruce, Mrs. William Randolph Hearst and Mr. and Mrs. A. Felix du Pont.

Marjorie Merriweather Post built the ballroom of her Palm Beach home, Mar-A-Lago, around his mural, The Sultan of Morocco on a Stallion, which she later donated to South Plains College in Levelland, Texas. His work was exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, National Gallery of Art and the Corcoran Gallery of Art. He had 12 one-man exhibitions in New York and retrospectives at the Parrish Art Museum, Southampton and the Palm Beach Galleries. Many of his paintings and sketchbooks are in the collection of Cornell University.

Condition: Generally very good with only minor overall toning and wear. The palm tree mylar overlay also may have been created if the artist was experimenting with variations on the beach scene.

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20th Century