Fine Art/watercolor


Dear Mr. Hynes:
I have a 19" x 13.5" watercolor matted and framed, signed F.R. '12 in the
lower right corner.

The subject is a park with women and prams as well as others sitting on a
bench  beneath a tree canopy with lawn in the middle ground.  There is a
companion watercolor (framed and matted in the same materials with the
same style) by the same artist of a woman hanging wash as it waves in the

Who is F. R.?  Why the '12 because the subjects are dressed in 1930's styles?  
The watercolor figures are muted perhaps impressionistic, the images meant
to be viewed from no less than five feet.

Thank you.

Dear Irene,
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 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.

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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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