Mississippi River Paddlewheel Boat Watercolor - 1944 David Hal Morris Sr - Illinois Artist
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This handsome framed watercolor of an old paddlewheeler aground in the Mississippi River was painted in 1944 by David Hal Morris, Sr. Morris, who signed his artworks "Hal Morris, Sr." He is a noted painter of early steamboat river history and was featured in 'Who's Who' in the 1920's. He was a newspaper artist and graphic designer, retiring from his job at the Chicago Sun Times Newspaper at the age of 92. His wife, Eva, was also a noted artist. Hal Morris's son, David Hal Morris, Jr. was also a painter; he lived in Colorado, signing his works "David Hal Morris" (no Jr.).
The frosty scene, done in grey, taupe and white, depicts one of the many paddlewheel boats that cruised the Mississippi River, run aground and obviously abandoned, the worse for wear. It was the kind of scene Hal Morris loved to paint and he did it so well. This painting was accompanied by a receipt showing its sale in 1993 by a Crete, Illinois, antiques shop, At that time it sold for $47.93 (We'll enclose this receipt with the painting.) Presumably it was sold unframed, which is how it came to us. The cream colored mat is pencil signed bottom right: ' __Hal Morris, Sr._ ' and titled: 'Mississippi River _ 1944_' bottom left. There is also a preliminary sketch he made on the back (see photos #6 and #7). We photographed it before we had the painting framed under glass in a 1 inch wide stepped wood frame with a speckled pale gilt finish. We naturally retained the original signed mat and our framer installed on the back a coated hanging wire complete with hanging hardware.
The framed size is 10 inches by 12 inches, with the sight size 5 1/2 by 7 1/2 inches and weighs about 1 1/4 pounds. This artwork is in excellent condition, ready to hang and admire.