Description: We offer an original watercolor by William [Willard] B. Gillette. The composition is 10” x 16” and is signed at the lower right. It is housed in a period mahogany frame with the outside dimensions of 15 ¼” x 21 ¼”. A dappled brook trout jumps out of the water in this stunning naturalistic work that retains its original colors and lucid brushwork for which Gillette was known. Item #FA00185.
William [Willard] B. Gillette was born in Scotia, NY in 1864. He lived in Watervliet and Averill Park, New York. He was a painter and etcher by profession with a specialty in marine life. Gillette was the much beloved illustrator for the New York State Fish and Game Reports. His admirers and patrons included the philanthropist Herber Bishop, the Wanamakers, Marshall Fields, and several US senators. He died in Troy in 1937. His work had been featured at the Vermont Shelburne Museum.
Condition: Fine condition with almost no color loss to the pigment of the watercolor. The paper is laid down, likely by the original framer. There are some scattered spots of wear to the frame.