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Bought an unsigned oil painting on canvas that looks quite old - of a young man looking down at a tool or toy in his hand - dark background - rosy cheeks - great hand and finger and hair details - once owned by G H Saul who owned the Crosby Lodge in Cumbria - has a seal on the back "Leo Von Pollack" -- about 22" by 15" high - guess is from Florence, possibly commissioned - what steps next?  I am in Albuquerque, NM, USA

Dear Richard,
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.

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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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