Oil on board painting of four wild horses in a corral under an immense western American sky, 17 1/2" by 21 1/2" framed, signed at lower right by American artist GRACE LORING BASSETT. There is some mention of the artist on the internet, most specifically as an illustrator in 1915 of a "Black Beauty" type book called "Don: His Recollections", a work about a horse, intended for children. There is also an auction history of a painting of a black spaniel, and internet research shows a Grace Loring of Dorchester, Massachusetts married a Harvard College graduate, William Bassett of Pittsburgh in 1904. Otherwise I don't see a lot of information on the artist, who was clearly talented enough to be considered "listed". This painting was likely executed in the late 1930's through maybe 1950, judging from the board and framing. I suggest possible birth/death dates as 1880-1960 but that is really speculation at this point. The artist should be researched. The painting smells a bit smoky so a cleaning to remove nicotine is in order, at which point a lot of the yellowing would be removed. There are a handful of small losses present but they are not all that significant and could be easily touched up. .
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