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I recently got an original print of a (very cute) terrier, the title is "Who said "Cats"? and it is in an old gilded frame. The actual print is 5 3/4 by 8 3/4 tall,  and it is signed "Hamilton". It seems to be in the style of William Henry Hamilton Trood, it is hand signed and titled in pencil. The print itself is stuck onto a matt of some sort, it's been in the damp too. Any value?

Dear Brenda,

Very good guess on your print as Trood created animal related images. However, I cannot locate such an image by Trood or any by an artist of the name Hamilton. Maybe you are reading the signature incorrectly? Is the image of a small terrier sitting on the seat cushion of an armchair? It sounds like it is an etching by Cecil Aldin, (1870-1933) of the same title. The actual plate image not including margins should be approximately 6 x 4 inches.

Cecil Aldin is famous for his sporting art and drawings of his many dogs. His original works command solid prices. If yours is an original Aldin with his signature; (the edition release of this engraving was 150. Without a number, but with an original pencil signature; your engraving may represent an artist proof); I estimate its value could be over $1000. There are no current retail examples on the internet but one sold at auction (wholesale), in 1998 for $520. Considering your print may have moisture damage, it will value at a reduced price depending on the degree of damage. You may want to invest in a professional opinion of restoration.

If this does not sound like your print, please feel free to send me photos of the image and signature to:

Best regards,

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