Vintage Thingie Thursday
When I was a young girl and my paternal grandparents became unable to care for all their needs, in order to stay in their own home my grandfather's niece, Elizabeth, came to live with them.
Elizabeth never married and she was totally devoted to caring for her uncle and aunt.
My father was an antique dealer and at some time had given the picture shown below to Elizabeth.
When Elizabeth died in 2002 this picture was given to me by Elizabeth's niece stating that Elizabeth had wanted me to have it.
I had put it away and never hung it on the wall.
When I was cleaning the garage today trying to carve out a little space for an art studio, I found this picture.
It is a watercolor and the name of the artist is
I love this picture, but the name did not mean anything to me.
So to the internet.
Ranulph Bye(1916-2003) artist , teacher and writer, born in Princeton, New Jersey. had painted over 4,000 watercolors and oils, most of which are in private and public collections, including; the Smithsonian Istitution, Temple University, Moore College of Art, the Reading Museum, the James A. Michener Art Museum and the William Penn Memorial Museum In Harrisburg, Pa. He launched a successful career that has placed him in the top echelon of American artists, winning along the way a stream of awards from distinguished institutions and organizations, including more than thirty prizes from the Salmagundi Cub, New York City, the Gold Medal from the National Arts Club and the Dolphin Medal from the American Watercolor Society, the highest award that organization bestows. In 2001 he was invited to be the first honored artist at the Annual Phillips Mill Juried Art Exhibition., New Hope, Pa
Mr. Bye taught watercolor at Moore College of Art for thirty years years. He has, over the years, captured with exraordinary sensitivity and skill, the rich heritage of Bucks County. His interest in preservation inspired him to write five; books: the Vanishing Depot, a collection of early American Stations; Victorian Sketchbook, 19th century Architecture, in colllaberation with his sister Margare Bye Richie, (out of print) Ranulph Bye's Bucks County, today and Yesterday; Painting Buildings in Watercolor, published by North Light (now out of print) and the last book he published is titled, Ranulph Bye's Collection of Firehouses. All his books are profusely illustrated in color.
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