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Dear Mr. Luebke,
Can you help with this antique print. As in the artist, a possible date and is it worth saving. The photo is not accurate for color or clarity. It is brittle and the black in raised higher then the rest of the colors. It has writing on the reverse but it appears to be other then English. It is very pretty and I would like to conserve whats left but only if it's worth it. It measures about 20" x 26". There is absolutely no dot pattern anywhere in the piece so how is it produced?

Sincerely,
Karen

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Hello Karen,  You have a print, most likely a lithograph, created by an unkown artist that copied a very famous etching titled 'Sark' from Scottish artist Edwin Douglas' (RBA 1848 - 1914) 'The Channel Island Series' painted in 1878.  R. E. Wilson, an art dealer in the UK, has the actual painting for sale on his website www.rewart.com/edwindouglas.htm .  Note the differences between your copy and the original.  A value is difficult to determine without hands-on inspections but I suggest it would be less than $50.00.  Cheers, Brent

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Brent Luebke

Expertise

19th Century to modern Canadian and western European fine art including paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography and original prints.

Experience

Sixteen years as an art dealer in Edmonton, Alberta Canada.

Organizations
Edmonton Executive Association

Publications
Edmonton Journal newspaper, various online art websites.

Education/Credentials
Post secondary art history.

Past/Present Clients
Art Gallery of Alberta, University of Alberta, Glenbow Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario, National Gallery of Canada.

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