Oil on canvas, 18" by 30" (20" by 32 1/2" framed), the subject a very English one----a peaceful summery millpond or riverside scene of low, forested hills and their feathery trees, a small peaceful settlement, and a total of six figures, three out in a rowboat for an outing, and three tiny people gathered in the village of thatch roofed buildings, engaged in conversation, beneath a pretty sky. The work is signed at lower left "Allan"; this being a common name, many listed British artists might be the creator of this work, which reminds me a little bit of an Edwin Boddington painting I own (which is for sale in this shop on Ruby Lane). I will research the signature to determine which Allan might be the artist. The painting needs a cleaning to remove the yellowed varnish and soiling, flatten out some unevenness of the canvas, and professionally repair a 1 3/4" tear in the trees to the right of center (and possibly improve upon a previous repair). The detail and atmosphere are impressive as is, but fully restored and framed more impressively perhaps with gold, the painting will really come into its own. There is an old art supplier stencil on the reverse somewhat under the darker large area caused by the wicking through the canvas by the patching solvents. My best guess is that the painting would date to approximately the 1880's.
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