American illustration art vintage signed oil painting en grisaille circa 1920s or 1930s

Oil on canvasboard, 16" by 20" and 1 1/4" dark stained oak frame, signed at lower left with initial "D", and executed en grisaille (grays, whites, black). This is a work by an accomplished artist, showing what appears to be a solemn funeral gathering, with a minister reading from the bible as a black gravedigger looks on at right. The style of dress of the mourners suggests the 19th century as the period depicted. I thought this might be a work by the major illustrator Harvey Dunn, and ran this painting by Walt Reed, the noted authority on American illustration art. He replied that it's definitely not by Dunn, and he suggested a few names it could be by (students of Dunn), but that's as far as we've taken it. Condition is good, save for some missing paint at lower left perhaps from frame contact.

Item ID: JB01176

$395 USD

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