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Hi Dolly,

I would have directed this question to Andrew but I saw he won't be back until 5/17/10. This painting (see attachment)is hanging in my family home in TN. It is signed in print as you can see by A. Renior, it is in black ink, dated 1866. It is not on canvas or acrylic.  It is on some kind of paper. I can actually see the brush strokes on it and feel the paint on it. I have seen his signature in cursive but never in print. I have been told that in the early days that Renior did etchings and actually placed watercolor over them.I have tried to do some research on this painting, I am not sure but I believe it was something he did before he became famous.It looks like it is authentic, can you please give me your expert opinion on it.

Dear Shirley,

I believe what you have is a print on heavy cardboard printed probably mid-twentieth century. It was a popular technique to add texture to prints and give them the look and feel of brushstrokes. If you would like to email me photographs of the entire piece I will be happy to take another look. Email to

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I can assist with identification, acquisition, sell representation, and care of fine art prints and original paintings. Some of my artist specialties include Henri Toulouse Lautrec, California Artists, and the Modern Masters. I can also assist with information on getting professional appraisals and authentication.


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