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Several years ago, I purchased an equestrian  print from a Goodwill for under five dollars because my daughter loves horses.  I noticed that it was a little tattered and scratched, very antique looking, however, it is a vibant and beautiful print so I felt the scratches didn't take away from the beauty of the print.  Upon further inspection, I noticed that it says G.P. 1821 Litho in USA in the bottom right corner, and that number is also stamped on the back.  In the bottom left corner, the artist's signature is cut off, however, you clearly see the last name which is Hardy, and it looks like a ood before that.  So I think it is a Heywood Hardy lithograph.  I have looked on the internet at many of his prints, and do not recognize this exact one, however it is clearly his style and I believe one of his paintings.  I have no other information about where it came from or how old it could be.  Could this be a valuable lithograph?  The colors are very vibrant, almost 3-d looking...it doesn't look like a normal print.  I don't know where to take it to find out how valuable it is, if at all.  Could you tell me if you know anything about this artist, or where I could find an expert who does.  I don't think I would sell it even if it is valuable, because it is so beautiful, I'm just  curious and would like to know the name of this piece of artwork.  Thank you for your time.

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I don't know the artist.  Regarding "lithograph"--look at the print through a magnifying glass or jeweler's loop.  If you see rows of dots, it is an offset lithograph [a reproduction].  If not, it may be a lithograph pulled from stones or plates.  You could call Sotheby's and see if they know the artist and potential value.
good luck.
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Alan Klevit

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I can provide sound advice on buying, collecting & understanding fine art, especially original works by 20th century masters and leading contemporary artists. I can also explain techniques used to create original works and offer tips on how to tell whether or not a piece is an original work of art.

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I have been active in the art world for twenty-seven years. I owned and operated four galleries and a wholesale showroom on both coasts. We specialized in original works by 20th century masters and emerging artists. I have been an art consultant, artist's representative, lecturer, auctioneer, and curator. I had a radio show for two years, "Today's Art World with Alan Klevit" [Washington, D.C.]; hosted two television shows on the arts for six years [Los Angeles Area]; have written for numerous local papers and international art magazines; and currently write a syndicated column, "The Art Beat." I conduct art auctions for charities throughout the United States, and am a frequent speaker/auctioneer on upscale cruise ships, and at civic organizations and local television shows.







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Undergraduate and graduate degrees from Georgetown University and The American University

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