This original gouache and watercolor on board was created by William Charles Palmer as an Illustration for a children's book about the adventures of a snowman, which I am not certain was ever published. As a stand alone piece I think it's pretty terrific, though, with our very longing snow-man dreaming of a skirted and high heeled dancing snow-woman, who holds what appears to be some sort of lantern, and is basked in a halo-like glow. The painting dates to the 1940s I believe.
Palmer (1906-1987) was born in Des Moines, studied at the Art Students League in NYC under Thomas Hart Benton among others, and studied fresco painting at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in France--later painting a series of WPA funded murals in the U.S. Said to have made a sketch a day at least, examples of his far-ranging work (drawings, paintings, prints, illustrations) are held in the collections of the Whitney Museum, Cranbrook Academy, the National Gallery, the Metropolitan Museum, the White House, among many others, and his archive is housed at Hamilton College.
9"x6" and in very good condition, with a little darkening to the board around the edges, and some light scuffs and stains here and there. Title and artist printed in a sticker on reverse, along with Clinton, NY.