The Edwin Ellis Benedict house sits on Cox Island in the middle of the Siuslaw River, east of Florence, Oregon. The house was built in 1902 by Benedict, the first manager and partner of the Siuslaw Boom Company, for a wedding present to his son Elbert and his bride. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the house was abandoned about 1940 and is now in a state of deterioration. The house inspired the Stamper House in Ken Kesey’s novel about an early Oregon logging family, entitled "Sometimes a Great Notion." (This was confirmed with Ken Kesey before he died in 2001).
Mel Vincent, a well-known artist who is passionate about Oregon, was born in 1925 and has lived most of his life in Eugene, moving there in 1962. He painted the original watercolor of "The House on the Siuslaw" in 1974. This lithograph is an original, faithful print of that painting, certified on the reverse with an information card that identifies it as print three of the first series. The colors are deep and unfaded, unlike many later copies of this original that look washed out and pale.
The framed size of this lithograph is 16 1/4 inches by 12 1/4 inches by 3/4 inch deep. The sight size is 11 1/4 by 8 1/4 inches. It's surrounded by a 2 inch wide forest green mat and a brass gallery frame that is 1/4 inch wide on the face. The framed artwork weighs approximately 3 pounds and has a hanging wire on the back. Frame, print, glass, hanger -- all are in excellent condition, ready to enjoy in your home.