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I have a painting that was given to us as a wedding gift by James M. Sessions from a friend of the family in 1954. The person who gave us the painting had an art dealership near Yale University in New Haven, CT. The name of the painting is Pawtucket Inlet and it is signed by Sessions (only last name). It came from Merwin's Art Shop, York St., New Haven, CT. It measures roughly 23" by 17". Is there some way to find out if it is an original. We live in Glastonbury, CT.

Dear Sallie, James Sessions was a very popular painter of watercolors. There were numerous photomechanical reproductions (prints) made after his watercolors. They are often very difficult to distinguish from his actual watercolors. Almost any resale shop in the country will have one of these prints. Your item would have to be physically examined by a knowledgeable art dealer or auctioneer to determine which you have.

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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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