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I received a painting by a previous owner for a house wrming gift in 1997 when I closed on teh house; she was in her 80's I think. the owners faimily was in the house since 1904. Her father pruchased the painting soon after they bought the house. she remebers it was here as long as she can remember and remembered that she thought it was done by an American artist. I live in dayton ohio; Huffman historical District. the painting is 4ft by 5ft., oil, the canvas is thin and looks old, the strecher  is of old wood and i think pegged. I took the frame off because someone had put the not original fram on wrong. I had asked Mt. Saint John; Rev. Johann Rotten about it by email; with piactures, and he thought the artist was from the period 1854/1904 celebrations of the dogma of the Immaculate Conceptio. He thought the Facila expersion and hair seem to have some pre-Raphaelite, even Nazarene qualities.  I will atach soem pictures. I can not find a signature, I am afraid to clean it because is is so old. If you can tell me more about who the artist is or where I can find out I would appreciate it.

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I'd suggest:
(1) Don't clean it. Especially if you wish to sell it. Dealers would prefer pieces in original condition.
(2) You might wish to consult the Cincinnati Art Gallery, experts in 19th century art.

You may have a local Ohioan artist, best to consult with local pros.

Best of luck,
Stu

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Stuart Cartwright

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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 am not expert in European art. I encourage you to send questions on European artists to other experts on this service. NO PRINTS:I encourage you to seek help on prints elsewhere. Two sites come to mind: www.artoftheprint.com and www.philaprintshop.com

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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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Bachelor of Arts Master of Business Administration

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