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I have what appears to be a painting of "Ishmael and Hagar Cast Out".  It is in a very old frame and the back of it has pieces of newspaper attached as well as hand written words that I can only partially read.  The painting appears to be attached to an old piece of wood and then framed.  The back is marked in big black letters DOBSON RA.  Part of the wording I can make out says "Birmingham Exhibition 1862" and F Dobson student.  I can't decipher the rest nor can I see the signature on the front.  I can e-mail photos.  I was given this piece of art by my Grandfather who is now deceased.  He was a collector of art by American Woman and he also traveled the world collecting antique tools.  His collection was declared the most complete in this country and 5th in the world.  It is now housed in a museum at Reinhardt College.  In his 40 years of traveling and collecting he picked up many unique items that did not fit into his collection and when he brought me this particular piece he told me to hang it on the wall and take good care of it.  I had forgotten about it for 25 years and would now like to know what it is.  Please let me know if you can help.

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Also, are you trying to sell it?

Something like this probably needs to be examined and appraised and that is not something I can do online.
I can point you in the right direction or help sell it.


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Dan Twyman


I can answer questions about Salvador Dali. While I cannot do FREE APPRAISALS, I might be able to help you sell your works. I can also help with Chagall, Miro, Picasso and other 20th Century Masters.

Questions about a type of art or medium can be answered with one response in most cases. Technical issues are easier to deal with than specifics about an artist. If you need help finding values or history on an artist, it will probably involve research that can sometimes take hours to complete. If you have more than one image to send, I will give you an alternate email address as this system cannot handle multiple images.


Late 70's early 80's Worked for a printer and learned the art or Lithography. Early to mid 80's Managed a publishing company that produced fine art both living and reproductions of the masters. Mid 80's to 2003 Senior Art Consultant with well known broker of Dali, Picasso, Miro, Chagall,Vargas,Max,Warhol and others. 2004 - 2005 Independent Art Consultant. 2005-2006 Beverly Hills Art Gallery(Living Artists) 2006 - Present Salvador Dali Society. Senior Art Consultant.


Publications Various online art publications.

Studied Art History, Methods of printing, Various Mediums. Studied anatomy, sketch art, Complex shading technique, Acrylic technique. Bloch books(Picasso),Salvador Dali publications(extensive). 30 Years life Experience in the arts as an artist, fine art broker,Gallery Director,art consultant.

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Over 100 awards. Set records in the Art Brokering business.

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