Le Chateau de Barrail
Herman Armour Webster (1878-1970)
Original drawing in pencil, brown ink and wash on heavy, brown wove paper, 239x 303 mm., not signed but inscribed with the title and from the Webster estate. The Chateau du Barrail was in the Dordogne and it was Webster's home for many years. Though born and educated in the United States, he finally overcame his parents' objections and went to study art in France, where he met, among others, Donald Shaw MacLaughlan. who taught him etching. After serving in an ambulance corps in W.W. 1, he eventually managed to purchase the chateau. More a farm compound than a grand chateau in the mold of those in the Loire, it and its surroundings became the subject matter of many of his drawings and prints. Throughout his career, Webste's style rarely varied from a determined realism of depiction.