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Hello Dan, I have attached pictures of a portrait sketch. I purchased it at a yard sale for $1 last year. I can't quite make out the signature...A Avarria?? What I can tell is that it was done at the Sheperds Hotel in Cairo Egypt. My research tells me that the Sheperds Hotel was the predominant hotel in Cairo during British Colonial rule. I also know that the subject is a Ethel Donaghue. A very wealthy socialite in Connecticut. She was the first female States attorney. She also bequeathed millions to Yale University.

It looks like I can upload only 1 picture. I have 2 others. Please let me know where I can send these. Any information you can provide on the artist is appreciated.
Thank you.

Not sure I can help with this as it is outside my area.

Your on the right track. It's all about research.

I looked at the signature and cannot make out the letters. Why artists do not leave more clues for future generations is a mystery.

You might search for books about Donaghue and see if the artwork was used in a publication.


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I can answer questions about Salvador Dali. While I cannot do FREE APPRAISALS, I might be able to help you sell your works. I can also help with Chagall, Miro, Picasso and other 20th Century Masters.

Questions about a type of art or medium can be answered with one response in most cases. Technical issues are easier to deal with than specifics about an artist. If you need help finding values or history on an artist, it will probably involve research that can sometimes take hours to complete. If you have more than one image to send, I will give you an alternate email address as this system cannot handle multiple images.


Late 70's early 80's Worked for a printer and learned the art or Lithography. Early to mid 80's Managed a publishing company that produced fine art both living and reproductions of the masters. Mid 80's to 2003 Senior Art Consultant with well known broker of Dali, Picasso, Miro, Chagall,Vargas,Max,Warhol and others. 2004 - 2005 Independent Art Consultant. 2005-2006 Beverly Hills Art Gallery(Living Artists) 2006 - Present Salvador Dali Society. Senior Art Consultant.


Publications Various online art publications.

Studied Art History, Methods of printing, Various Mediums. Studied anatomy, sketch art, Complex shading technique, Acrylic technique. Bloch books(Picasso),Salvador Dali publications(extensive). 30 Years life Experience in the arts as an artist, fine art broker,Gallery Director,art consultant.

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Over 100 awards. Set records in the Art Brokering business.

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