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Major General Richard Montgomery
Major General Richard  
I have an original oil painting of Major General Richard Montgomery - an officer in the Revolutionary War who some say is the first true American hero!  It is recorded that George Washington wrote that America suffered a great loss when he was killed in battle. He is buried at St. Paul's Chapel in New York and his monument there is the first Revolutionary War monument created by this country.  I would like to see this painting be displayed (maybe in a museum?)as a tribute to Major General Montgomery but don't know who to contact.  What is the value of such a historical painting?

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Hello Karen,
My first thought is for you to contact Wes Cowan of Cowan's Auctions in Ohio. He is frequently an expert on the PBS Television series "Antique Roadshow" so you may already know the name. You will find his email contact info at his website under American History Department.  Send him the portrait picture.

Value will depend upon many factors: originality, portraitist, condition, size, etc. I wouldn't expect a king's ransom, but it is certainly worth asking more than one auctioneer what values might be attained. Have you contacted St. Paul's? There are undoubtedly a number of military schools in the country that might value owning this artwork, and an educational donation would be a worthy pursuit.  

Another thought is that a historic revolutionary war site, such as Fort Ticconderoga, might treasure such an artwork.  Check with Christopher D. Fox, curator at Fort Ticonderoga if he'd be interested in it for that site's growing and important art collection.  

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Stuart Cartwright

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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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