Greetings Mr.Hynes, Before I take up any of your time I would like to know if there is a certain era in witch oil paintings were painted on board as opposed to canvas? I have come across a very nice oil piece on board that appears to be very old and in original framework. Should I remove the painting from the frame to identify as there are no visual marks that I can see on the front of the painting. Thank you in advance for your help.
Regards, Jeff mottler
Dear Jeff, No particular era for paintings on panel or board.
If you would like to send jpeg images to me please keep each image of a reasonable size (not too large), and send them as “attachments”, do not embed them in your email. If you are looking for identification or opinion regarding your painting best would be an image of the front (just the painting, don’t include your lovely living room or pick-up truck), the back, and remove any paper covering (90% of respondents do not send me images of the back, I can obtain nearly as much information from the back as from the front), and close-ups of the signature, details of the brush-work, and any inscriptions or labels (use the macro setting on your camera for these close-ups). You can send this information to my email at firstname.lastname@example.org and make your subject line “allexperts” so I do not bounce you as spam. It would be nice to receive feedback as I do this on my own time with no remuneration, free, no charge, nada. I do NOT research prints or artwork post-1940 (in other words if it does not look like your grandfather or great-grandfather would have owned it, don't proceed). If you have found my instructions somewhere on the internet, do not email me unless you go through allexperts.com