14 - 15 February 2001
Leonard Howard Reedy (1899-1956)
The Dust Storm
signed 'Leonard H. Reedy' (lower right)
watercolor and pencil on paper
8 x 107/8 in. (20.4 x 27.6 cm.)
Gift of C.R. Smith, President of American Airlines, to Eleanor Roosevelt.
John A. Roosevelt, acquired from the above.
By descent in the family to the present owner.
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Born in Chicago, Leonard Reedy is known as Chicago's Cowboy painter of the Old West. He worked in both watercolor and oil, having studied at the Chicago Art Institute and the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. It is said that Chicago restaurants have framed Reedy paintings and drawings in lieu of cash.
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