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Drummer boy and 3 girls
Drummer boy and 3 girl  
Hi Dan. My grandfather left me a large framed certificate and hidden behind it we found a 20x16" piece of artwork. It's black & white charcoal (I think) and I can't see a signature unless it's very well hidden. It's of a drummer boy (about 16 yrs) in army uniform allowing a baby to hit his drum. The baby is held by big sister and there's another little girl standing next to them. The dresses look turn of the century. There's a field in the background.

I think it's an original. I'm not sure how to check? Thanks in advance for any info.

Dear Gary, It is more than likely that this is a lithograph. If you want to proceed please follow my instructions below.
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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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