January 16, 2020
Los Angeles, California

Can you identify this painting and its artist?

This photograph of Dr. George Hill Hodel was believed taken circa 1950, just prior to the sale of his Sowden/Franklin home and his departure to Hawaii to avoid arrest by LADA Lt. Frank Jemison.
I am attempting to identify the painting and its artist seen hanging on the wall behind him.  (Enlarged on the left.) Any help from a reader/viewer would be much appreciated.
In early talks with former Franklin House tenant Joe Barrett, he indicated he “thought the painting could possibly have been drawn and gifted to my father,  by former artist and his longtime friend,  Fred Sexton.” (See Sexton bio/artwork below.)  However, I have no solid confirmation on this and am requesting any information from readers who might know or have an answer as to who actually painted it?  Painting likely created in the 1940s or earlier?
Anyone with knowledge or information as to the actual artist can contact me by email

at:   [email protected]

Fred Sexton bio on Wikipedia

Below are known 1940s artworks by Fred Sexton

Fred Sexton’s  “Death of Monalita” (1955)

Same artist?  

Fred Sexton blog from 2011

Fred Sexton “Death of Monalita” blog from 2019


  1. Luigi Warren on January 16, 2020 at 4:28 pm

    A formal resemblance to Sexton’s later “Death of Monalita” is quite noticeable.

    • Steve Hodel on January 16, 2020 at 4:51 pm

      LW: I agree, my gut say’s that witness and Sexton acquaintance Joe Barrett who resided at the Sowden House is probably correct with his attribution to Sexton as the artist. I would just like to be able to confirm it from a second party if possible or exclude if not. skh

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