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Cats and Kittens
Cats and Kittens  
While in a Goodwill store on Cape Cod a couple of years ago, I stumbled upon what I discovered to be an exact duplicate of this painting at the National Museum of Art in Washtington, D.C. and was dumbfounded.  

My painting is an oil painting and it does appear to be of the age stated.  On the back is a white label with a number (1124), the name of the painting,  the approximate age (listed as circa 1872-1883); next line down Artist Unknown.  I have included a high resolution pictures of the painting.  I purchased it simply because I loved it.  Any help you could give me as to what it truly is would be greatly appreciated.

You have already found the answer.  This is one of many, many copies of an original American primitive painting that is the collection of the National Gallery of Art (NGA).   All information here is from

The original painting is recorded as being from Connecticut.  Purchased in 1948 by Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch; gift to NGA, 1958.  The painting has been loaned out to many exhibitions as an example of early American art, and has been reproduced widely.

American 19th Century (artist)
Cat and Kittens, c. 1872/1883
oil on millboard
Overall: 30 x 34.9 cm (11 13/16 x 13 3/4 in.) framed: 38.4 x 43.2 x 2.5 cm (15 1/8 x 17 x 1 in.)
Gift of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch

Naturally, a warm fuzzy picture of a cat and her kittens has wide appeal and hangs in many American homes.  Reproduction prints, giclee and oil copies abound.

While you probably don't have a picture worth insuring, you obviously enjoy the painting.  It looks like you have a handsome frame, so it is a nice package.  Hang it on your wall...and most of all...enjoy it!  I enjoy looking at fine art each and every day...even though my pictures have been with me for years, each look is fresh and enjoyable!


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Stuart Cartwright


American Fine Art Paintings.
Oils, Watercolors, Sketches. Nineteenth and early Twentieth Century. Hudson River School, Pennsylvania Academy, Cape Ann artists, Ash Can, Woodstock, Florida Indian River, American Impressionists, etc. I can provide some background about artists and perhaps a rough appraisal or guidance towards obtaining a value. I am acquainted with many of the best American art dealers and auction houses. Original works only, I do not follow the print market. I do NOT field questions about prints.

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I have been collecting original American Fine Art for over 20 years. I have curated art shows, and I have served as a dealer, providing appraisals and guidance for the last 8 years.

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