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Painting of Ships and shoreline, 19th century
Painting of Ships and  
I ma writing to see if you can help me identify the painter of an oil painting I own.  I was originally bought by my mother, an armature antiques collector in Connecticut in 1991, and was restored at that time.  I have been unable to correctly ID the painter from the signature, I have included several photos of the signature and the painting.  The subject is of a waterway with several sail / fishing boats, and several colonial type homes along the shore line with either a sun set or sun rise in the back ground.  There is also a very well rendered birch tree in the left hand fore ground.  the signature appears to say v. then a W and a B over each other and then something like ibna, or illona, ect.  and a date either 1891 or 1841.  I would appreciate anything you could tell me about my painting.  I was the one who convinced my mother to spend the money to have it restored because I in love with the piece.  I am including a photo fo the whole piece, and under seperate cover I will send a photo of the signature, becasue they will only let me attach one to this message

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James

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James,
That looks like a nice artwork, and I can see why you enjoy it.  I am guessing it is a rather large oil on canvas.  Your camera flash does not flatter it, as the alligator-ing shows up prominently. (Hint: get a lot of light in the room, or take it outside into natural light and turn off the flash for best digital results.) When you measure an oil painting like this, you want to capture the dimensions of the stretcher; do not include the frame.

You can find my online contact information at cartwrightfineart.com.  Feel free to send me closeup of the signature.  No guarantee I will know this artist.  Any idea as to where in CT she purchased the painting would help.  Eastern Ct/Western Ct./Antique shop/Gallery?  

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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