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Is there a value to this item.  It is an original, framed in somewhat "distressed" wood. The back looks very old.

It was given to me by my mother when she lived in Phila., Pa.

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Ms. Taylor,
I believe you have a print or lithographic copy of a work that hangs in the Smithsonian.  A young George M. Cohan in a town hat looking off the picture right, his left?  Rosy cheeks? A jaunty smile?  Look up "Harrison Fisher" "George M. Cohan" on Google Images.

If, however, you have an original Harrison Fisher, you would have artwork by one of America's most well-known illustrators.  Harrison Fisher completed scores of covers for works such as the Saturday Evening Post, Scribners, Life and Cosmopolitan.  He is best known for his drawings of "Fisher Girls" -- elaborately detailed and romanticized beauties.  If he was called upon to sketch a famous figure such as George M. Cohan, then you have an added element of historical value.  If both assumptions above are true, and the work itself, (never mind the frame) is in pristine condition, then your art could be worth four figures.  Best contacts for you next would be Heritage Auctions in Dallas (ha.com) and American Illustrators Gallery in NYC.  

Hope this information helps.

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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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