Oil on canvas, 16" by 20" and 2" wide contemporary wood frame, signed at lower left "T. Bailey", undated but likely 1910 to 1940 I would guess. The signature is one of several known to have been used by the painter WILLIAM PASKELL (1866-1951)---another common one being "H. H. Howe". Paskell was a well regarded artist in the 19th century, his works exhibited with the likes of Hassam, but to support a large family he became somewhat commercial in his approach to painting, producing a large number of works of clipper ships and harbors, which show up today with these variety of signatures. The present picture is likely Rockport, Massachusetts, a favorite subject matter of the artist. It is in excellent condition, with just a little stretcher bar show-through at left. It was recently cleaned, and at the same time a protective backing was affixed to the stretcher. The painting was owned, and restored, by a former curator at a major Massachusetts museum. I acquired it recently in central Vermont. Some works of the artist are quite mediocre, but the impressionist brushwork on this example, particularly in the water reflections, shows the hand of a fine talent. If you're looking for a well executed marine subject in fine condition by a listed artist, consider this work. SEE HUNDREDS OF OTHER PAINTINGS NOW IN MY SHOP.
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