Oil on canvas, 16" by 20" and 2" wide contemporary wood frame, signed at lower left "T. Bailey", undated but likely created between 1910 and 1940. 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 Childe 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.
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