With the unaided eye, the piece appears to be in very good condition. Close inspection under ultraviolet light reveals normal fluorescence of artist's pigments, and no signs of restoration. There is some cracking visible in the violet colored section of the mountain background. The pigments seem stable though. The piece is framed in a gold, somewhat ornate frame with a grey wash and a narrow linen liner. The frame is in fair condition with normal wear. Verso: Inscribed in artists hand on stretcher bar: Autumn Fremont F. Ellis, El Rancho de San Sebastian, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Inscribed on stretcher bar: Creighton Bradford 1950 “Autumn” Near Durango, Oil. Gift to Francis 1955. Do not oil or varnish. Stamped on stretcher bar: All rights to reproduce or copy this painting reserved by the artist Fremont F. Ellis, 553 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, N.M.
Signed l/l: Fremont Ellis
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