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My Mother in law has a oil painting (i think) it is signed Newton in the left bottom corner.The T in Newton goes accross the entire name. She told me her mother gave it to her in the 1960's. It is painted on what looks like a board. The painting is of a water scene with birds and trees the colors are mostly oranges and reds. The board is held on with small nails, it has a very nice frame, she says it is the one that has always been with the painting. I did see Newton paintings from the Highway men but i cant find the same signature. Any info would be great Thanks Becky

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Becky,
Without seeing the painting, I am a bit in the dark, but water-birds-trees sound like Florida Highwaymen.  And of course, you have three Newton's to choose from:  Sam, Lemuel and Harold.  An orange/red palette does not conjure up Florida scenes in my mind, but that alone does not rule out one of these men.  I have not seen one of their pictures signed as you described, but you should continue to research this possibility.  Highwaymen pictures were done on masonite and other heavy board-like material...so your picture may be the real deal.  The old frame with the small nails is a good clue suggesting it is old.  I hope the nails aren't shiny new brads.  You must be careful, because eBay (not a terrific place to purchase fine art) is chock-a-block full of Highwaymen fakes.  Get good digital pictures of your artwork, up close and in focus if possible, to show brushstrokes and signature, and get these photos to one of the many Floridian fine art galleries who deal in the Highwaymen.  

See also:  http://highwaymeninfo.com/Highwaymen_Guide.html

In the meantime, your mother-in-law should enjoy the artwork!

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Stu

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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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