Oil on old art board, 10" by 7 7/8", unframed, signed in ink at lower right "Francis Smith" or "H. Francis Smith", not dated but likely early 20th century. I have researched the name but am unable to link this attractive work to a listed artist; it does NOT appear to be a work by Francis Hopkinson Smith. Nevertheless the painting is very pleasing and an excellent example of impressionist work. Found in California, it could be a California work, or possibly an eastern scene. The painting could be lightly cleaned, as there's a slight haze over the surface, and a small abrasion is near the trunk of the tree at right, but basically this could be framed and placed on the wall. More research could turn up more information on the artist. .
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