Fine Art/Allexperts


I have an original oil painting by J. F. Cropsey, signed and dated 1880 which was purchased by my grandfather many years ago. Unfortunately, this 12" x 20" oil painting was stored unwrapped in a garage where workman accidentally dropped nails on the painting. The painting is of an autumn scene by a pond/lake with cows on the bank. It now has an uneven hole about the size of a half dollar and 5 holes about the diameter of a pencil. Is this restorable? Is it worth the price to attempt restoration? Thank you.

Dear Karen, Any painting is "restorable", but the affect on value depends upon how much and how well done. I would like to see images, if you can, follow some of my standard instructions below.
If you would like to send jpeg images to me please keep each image of a reasonable size (not too large), and send them as “attachments”, do not imbed them in your email. If you are looking for identification or opinion regarding your painting best would be an image of the front (just the painting, don’t include your lovely living room or pick-up truck), the back, and close-ups of the signature, details of the brush-work, and any inscriptions or labels (use the macro setting on your camera for these close-ups). You can send this information to my email at and make your subject line “allexperts” so I do not bounce you as spam. It would be nice to receive feedback as I do this on my own time with no remuneration, free, no charge, nada. I do not research prints or artwork post-1940.

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Daniel A. Hynes


Collecting, buying, selling, identifying, and caring for paintings, drawings,and watercolors (19th and early 20th century American and European). No prints, contemporary art, or works executed after 1940.


35 years as a fine art dealer, including 3 years as a gallery director. Also was art expert for Leslie Hindman's Auctioneers, and for Dunning's Auction.

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