Ernest Leonard Blumenschein (American, 1874-1960)
Three works: Illustration for “The Ghost in the Galley: A Murder Story” by William MacHarg, The American Magazine, July 1916, Vol LXXXII, No. 1, illus. pg. 28-29 (label on verso); Oil on Windsor & Newton board (unframed); Signed; 30" x 21 5/8"; Battle on the Canal Barge; Watercolor, gouache and graphite on artists board (unframed); Signed; 29 5/8" x 19 3/4"; The Miracle, The American Magazine, February 1915 (label on verso); Mixed media on paper laid to artists board (unframed); 15 3/4" x 7 5/8" (sheet); 28 1/8" x 21 7/8" (overall); Provenance, Private Collection, New Jersey
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Ghost in the Galley: Signed lower left and lower right on verso. Multiple inscriptions detailing title and artist's address on verso. Very slight imperfection to left of Captain's hat. Incised line (possibly patch of paper replacement) around ship's helm. Work has been lightly cleaned. Battle on the Canal Barge: No publication label on verso, one inscription at upper center on verso. Remnant of title lower left on recto of backing board, signed lower right on recto of sheet. Work appears to be in good original condition with the exception of a 1/2" scratch noted on the heroine's arm. Backing board is in rough condition with losses at corners. The Miracle: Unsigned. Backing paper is in rough condition with large losses and tears. In original/good condition. Numerous inscriptions in Blumenschein's hand as well as graphic artist's notes on recto.