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Hi Stuart- I purchased several paintings from a prominent families estate sale when I lived in Texas. This is one of them that I need help with. The sale was held at the residence of Joshua Lucius Halbert and his wife Ida long deceased. His father was basically the founder of Corsicana Texas and Joshua was a long term mayor and lawyer. His relatives include Beauford Jester who was a Governor of Texas. The signatures reads John M. Matthews? 1923. Any help would be appreciated.


Hello Scott,
Head-scratcher, indeed.  I can find no "John M. Matthews" listed, but there is a John W. Matthewman who was a British painter of the late nineteenth, early twentieth Century whose palette this could be, though it's unlikely.

I would give the experts at Heritage Auction galleries in Dallas, TX a shout.  They may even be familiar with the prominent Texas family you reference, and know of their collection?

Looks like your painting could use a light cleaning, and should be laid flat and restretched.  I urge you to consider using a qualified conservationist.

Best of luck,

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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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