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Cat and Kittens
Cat and Kittens  
Hi Stu,
I also recently stumbled across this piece of art in a thrift store. I just fell in love with the picture but did not bother to look on the back of it.
In the upper right hand corner, is a sticker (white ) with the following info.
D1518/American (19 century)
Cat and Kittens, c. 1872/1883
oil on millboard 30x34.9 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington
Gift of Edgar and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch 1958.9.8
Board of Trustees, national Gallery of Art, Washington
Mine does not have a frame, but appears to be in what I would consider very good to excellent condition.
Any more info would be greatly appreciated.
Thank You,

You have already found the answer.  This is one of many, many copies of an original American primitive painting that is the collection of the National Gallery of Art (NGA).   All information here is from

The original painting is recorded as being from Connecticut.  Purchased in 1948 by Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch; gift to NGA, 1958.  The painting has been loaned out to many exhibitions as an example of early American art, and has been reproduced widely.

American 19th Century (artist)
Cat and Kittens, c. 1872/1883
oil on millboard
Overall: 30 x 34.9 cm (11 13/16 x 13 3/4 in.) framed: 38.4 x 43.2 x 2.5 cm (15 1/8 x 17 x 1 in.)
Gift of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch

Naturally, a warm fuzzy picture of a cat and her kittens has wide appeal and hangs in many American homes.  Reproduction prints, giclee and oil copies abound.

While you probably don't have a picture worth insuring, you obviously enjoy the painting.  Hang it on your wall...and most of all...enjoy it!  I enjoy looking at fine art each and every day...even though my pictures have been with me for years, each look is fresh and enjoyable!


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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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