WILLARD MORSE MITCHELL (Canadian 1881-1955)
MOONLIGHT ON THE BAY OF FUNDY
miniature watercolour in original hand carved frame, signed lower left "WMM"
inscribed on reverse:
"MOONLIGHT on the Bay of Fundy showing a few fishing vessels that have been fishing all night and now are getting ready to take their "catch" to port. This Water color and hand carved frame is the work of W.M. Mitchell of Montreal, P.Q. 431"
Willard Mitchell was born in Saint John, New Brunswick and was active in Montreal as an artist and architect from 1927 to 1943. Working in oil, watercolour and ink, he is known for his miniature landscapes and streetscapes of rural Quebec and Montreal. He carved his own frames and often placed a brief note on the back of the framed scenes. His watercolours were well done and were well received, often as popular gifts. He travelled to Nova Scotia, Italy and Greece and exhibited with the Art Association of Montreal in 1927 and 1928. Mitchell died at the age of 74 and was survived by his wife Ethel Corinna Harris Mitchell.
Size in inches: 2 h x 2.5 w (with frame 2 1/2" x 3")