19th Century Pennsylvania Landscapes

19th Century Pennsylvania Landscapes

Pencil with touches of watercolor and gouache on paper.  

The main image depicts a Pennsylvania countryside scene with farmhouse and associated outbuildings along with figures (human and horse) in the foreground, with rolling hills and hints of building structures in the distance.  

Mounted for visibility on the back is a second picture by the same hand, delicately rendered in pencil with black and gray watercolor tinting on trees and four distinct horse-drawn vehicles.  Delicate pencil depiction of fencing, hills, trees and remote buildings creates atmospheric distance.  

Framed size: 22" X 19"  Conservation mounted.

Although unsigned, these drawings strongly bear characteristics of the work of Ferdinand Arnold Brader (December 7, 1833 – December 20, 1901), known for his detailed pencil drawings of farms and other dwellings in rural Pennsylvania and Ohio. His first pencil drawings of farms and homes were done while he was in Pennsylvania as early as 1876, in Berks County, Lancaster Co., Montgomery Co., Lebanon Co. and from as far west as Somerset, Beaver and Allegheny Counties. 
It is thought he did some 300 pictures in Pennsylvania, although the exact number is not known as he did not number and sign many of his Pennsylvania pictures.  

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