I pulled this one out of an old frame in order to see it better, and quite a lovely impressionistic/expressionistic landscape I think it is, which feels true to an October view of hills and trees and grasses around these parts. It was signed and dated October 28, 1972 by William Charles Palmer (American/Canadian, 1906-1987), quite a notable artist, with an extensive record of auction sales.
Born in Des Moines, Iowa, Palmer studied at the Arts Students League including under Thomas Hart Benton, and studied fresco painting at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Fontainebleau, France. During the depression painted WPA murals (and was later appointed supervisor of the WPA's mural division in New York City) and later founded the Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute School of Art in Utica, NY. Widely exhibited, his work is in the collections of the Whitney Museum, Met Museum, National Gallery, and the White House, and his papers were left to Hamilton College. This landscape is very much in keeping with his work--from the Smithsonian website: "Palmer was a painter of the American Scene who portrayed the rolling plains and expansive skies of his native Iowa during the 1930s and 1940s. In the 1950s he began exploring the moods, atmosphere, and light of New York's rural landscape, which he interpreted through abstract planes and closely graded colors."
Paper size: 12" x 8 1/2". Drawing size: 7 1/2" x 6 3/4". Spiral edge along top as evident, and some toning and a couple of bit of old tape at top.