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The Valley Freight Train

ca. 1938
Origin: America, North Carolina
Unframed: 16 x 25 1/2in. (40.6 x 64.8cm) and Framed: 28 x 37 1/2in.
Oil on pressed fiberboard (Masonite)
Gift of the Honorable Marilyn L. Mennello and Michael A. Mennello.
Acc. No. 1992.102.2
Landscape view with an unusual perspective of trees, hills, and buildings, and a narrow train track undulating through the hills and across a body of water in the foreground of the picture. A train is shown steaming across the bridge which spans the water.

The 6-inch white-washed, flat wood frame is original.
Label:Earl Cunningham led a checkered life, working at a wide variety of jobs and moving several times before settling permanently in St. Augustine, Florida, in 1949. But from the time of his boyhood, painting pictures remained a constant pursuit. Cunningham's subjects range from realistic to fantastic, yet all his works are marked by brilliant color.
Provenance:Purchased directly from the artist by CWF's source, M/M Michael Mennello.
Inscription(s):Inscribed in paint, lower left, "EARL Cunningham".