This is an eighteenth century English drawing, 10 1/2" by 15" including the mat details drawn by the artist, plus 1 1/2" wide old gold frame, the subject two men fishing on a lazy pond, a house in the distance and trees framing the idyllic scene of Olde England, signed near the figures "I Burford" (or, Barford possibly) and dated there 1742 or possibly 1792. I don't see an artist listing that would correspond with this. The painting bears the marks of its great age----browning overall, some foxing, creasing where the paper was laid onto the slightly bowed backing board, chipped off corner at extreme upper right well outside the image......but, overall, considering how delicate it is, it has survived well for its 250 or so years. The frame though worn in places adds to the feeling of great antiquity. Found in Maine.
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