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detail of signature
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Sir,

I have a large oil on canvas painting (32" x 36") in a moderately ornate gilt frame.  I call her "The Flower Seed Lady".  She needs a better name.  I can not identify the artist or anything about it, even though it is signed.  Medium resolution JPG photos are attached.  Others can be supplied.

The signature is;  "J. Sharp. '46"

It looks like I can only send one JPG image at a time, I am sending the signature.  I have an overall image that should be quite helpful, just tell me how to send it.

Thanks.

Bob Culver
Silver Spring,  MD

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Bob,
You are in luck.  John Sharp is a listed fine artist.  Mid-Twentieth Century. Alderfer Auctions in Hatfield, PA brought a 12"x24" still life of vegetables (vibrant color) to sale.  It hammered at $300, lot 3046 in their June 2009 sale.  That is about all I can find on Sharp, but should be enough to get you going!  I hope you like this big work you own.  Don't worry about the name.  Not really vital, unless it is a portrait of someone important.  Enjoy it!  

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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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