Antique SIGNED Tall SHIP Oil PASTEL ~ Listed Artist Edward T GIBBS (1863-1934)
Pastel rendition of a tall clipper ship off the coast of Massachusetts (appears to be Boston Harbor) with threatening clouds behind it. Drawn on paper with the thickness of poster board. Unfortunately, the original frame was too damaged to salvage, but it had wood board on the back, gold painted chalkware frame and wavy glass, so it was definitely very old.
- Mark: Signed lower left - E T Gibbs
- Measurements (WxHxD): 24 x 20 inches
- Condition: See photos and use zoom to fully evaluate condition. There are two holes in it - one where the flag at the top of the mast was, and the other on the left edge. Perhaps the color of pastel for the flag deteriorated the paper? There is also edge wear, and two abrasions on the bottom center.
About the Artist
Edward T. Gibbs was born November 5, 1863 in New Bedford, Massachusetts as the first child to Rosy and Matthew T. Gibbs. He was listed in New Bedford, Massachusetts City Directory as an "artist" in 1882, and in 1891 he and William W. Braley advertised as pastel artists. In 1887, he married Eleanor Wood, and in 1897, he married Nora Mixer. He later moved to Detroit in the early 1900s, then to Maumee, Ohio, where he died April 12, 1934.
Source: Peter Hastings Falk, Editor, Who Was Who in American Art, Ancestry.com