Posted 3 years ago
My main question here is, what does the back say? I will be making two posts, but I really would like to know more about this painting.
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After "On the H????" it has what looks like "2 11 D" which I think might be some sort of date that I'm not reading properly? I'm guessing it's an Edwardian piece judging by the construction of the nails holding the canvas. It had professional repairs and a couple touch-ups in the past, but their work is coming undone and someone really ruined it with a 2-inch puncture. I'm guessing the painting suffered the long-term damages wrought by earlier conservation methods, so that and the fact that it probably hasn't been cleaned in 40+ years have served to darken it. I should think to put a removable protective finish on it if I ever chance cleaning it. The painter, L. Haines, seemed very confident in his/her work, but I don't think it Arthur Lett-Haines from the early 1900s, nor Violet Haines from the same, as this is not done in their respective styles. So, the painter is a mystery to me.
I found this one a few months back at my favourite thrift-shop and was saving it for either a holiday/birthday present or a gift for a rainy day to my mother, as she's always wanted antique art-work from great painters. I had been meaning to fix this one and blend out the tear in it, but I don't think I'll do that at this point for fear of causing a problem in the long-term. I will be giving her this on Saturday evening when she returns home from a Church-related business trip that has been really stressful for her (oh, the difficulties of starting new ministries).
The painting is pretty badly damaged, so the thrift-store put a price on it reflecting that. I got to the register and hoped to charm them down a little, so I told the lady how I'm always such a wonderful repeat customer and was hoping that, because of the damage, I might get a better price on it. She interrupted me, saying "Oh, yes, the frame is in bad shape!" so she could go down to 10, which was wholly agreeable to me, but because I don't like being interrupted, I continued on explaining what has deteriorated on the frame and pointed out a few tears in the painting (including the big hole) and how I *might* be able to repair it though I wasn't so sure I could fully match the paint shades and texture. So, I think she gave it to me for 8 bucks, which was fine with me. Less than an hour's take-home wage (which is how I consider all my purchases-- how many hours will it take to work an item off, using approximated take-home pay after taxes).