Posted 5 years ago
I collect old photo's from the 1800's - early 1900's, which is exactly what I thought this was when I purchased it at a garage sale recently. On closer inspection, it is actually an incredibly detailed, lifelike painting. Both the frame and painting are in poor condition, partly due to age and partly due to the fact that it has been uncared for. The newspaper backing mentions the date 1906, so I assume this painting was done sometime during or prior to that date. It is signed L W K Wirth who was an artist who lived from 1858-1950. I've yet to be able to find out much about this piece at all. Someone has numbered the back of it, so it appears it has been through an auction at some point.