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Sam Hyde Harris, 1889-1977
California School, Sailboats in San Pedro Harbor with Gold leaf frame
hand crafted gold leaf frame, Bernard Vandeuren
Vandeuren Archival Framing
West Hollywood, California

California School, Sailboats in San Pedro Harbor
unsigned, unattributed (see note below)
Oil on canvas, 16 x 24
Sailboats in San Pedro Harbor
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California School, Sailboats in San Pedro Harbor

California School, Sailboats in San Pedro Harbor with Gold leaf frame


This painting was created in 1931 or earlier. This 16 x 24 oil on canvas bears a Linder's Art Shop ink-stamped paper label on the top stretcher bar. Artist Harry Linder 1886-1931, who arrived in California in 1917 and established a gallery in Long Beach, California where he exhibited the works of local artists. (source: Edan Hughes, Artists in California 1786-1940) Beyond this Harry Linder ink stamp, this paintings that has no marks that would identify the painter.

This skillful painting closely resembles paintings done by Sam Hyde Harris at San Pedro Harbor in the 1920's. If not by Sam himself, we speculate it may have been by one of his painting partners or by one of his students.

The brush strokes of the water, boats, and dock structures are fat, long and confident, and appear to eliminate at least one candidate that the palette suggests. The sky is relatively flatly applied, which may eliminate others.

The size of the painting is not standard for early 20th Century works of this type, and may be an additional clue. It is a very successful painting that draws the viewer into the scene and strongly suggests the quiet solitude and atmospheric of the past in that Southern California locale.

The hand carved carved, gilded frame is by Vandeuren Archival Framing in West Hollywood, California. Input regarding the attribution of this painting is welcome.