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Hello, I purchased an oil painting on canvas covered board a few years ago. It
is unsigned. It's probably close to a century old, is a bit dirty, and has some
water damage. I absolutely love this painting because of the beautiful colors
and soft light (which are nearly impossible to capture on film). I've since
discovered the subject is the reservoir at Villa Falconieri, where the likes of
Sargent and Parrish spent some time painting. Many elements of this painting
even remind me of Sargent's work, which has made me curious to learn more
about it. Thank you in advance for any ideas.

Dear Michelle, I cannot tell anything from your image. I will need the "full monty."
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 embed 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 remove any paper covering (90% of respondents do not send me images of the back, I can obtain nearly as much information from the back as from the front), 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. I do NOT research prints or artwork post-1940 (in other words if it does not look like your grandfather or great-grandfather would have owned it, don't proceed).

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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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