This is a classic image of American late 19th century life, rather typical of the work of major American artist JOHN GEORGE BROWN (1831-1913), measuring 29 1/2" by 23 1/2" (sheet), signed at lower left in pencil by the artist and signed at lower right by the engraver, "H. B. Hale Jr.". At top in small print in the margin is "Published by Fishel Adler & Co 94 Fulton St. New York", and at bottom appears "Entered according to act of Congress in the year 1882 by FISHEL ADLER & Co in the office of the LIbrarian of Congress at Washington". Brown paintings are a staple at auctions of high end American art; I note a sale result of $220,000 in 2005 for an oil. He is known for his sentimental genre works; shoe shine boys, mischievous urban youth of New York, scraping by and trying to make a living. In the present work, the tattered sympathetic boy at left is reaching deep for a penny with which to buy an apple; we are left to wonder if he has that penny. This print appears to be rather scarce, with no auction records found, after a reasonable though not exhaustive search. It is in excellent condition with no foxing or water damage. I've not examined it out of the frame but would be happy to open it up for inspection (and, replacing the glass with plexi for safe shipping might be indicated in any case). This is a fine work for the discerning collector of American art of the nineteenth century. Allow for reflections in glass, which may appear as white lines and blotches in the photos. SEE HUNDREDS OF PAINTINGS AND PRINTS NOW IN MY SHOP.
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