Oil on canvas, 20" by 30", 27" by 37" as framed, apparently unsigned, the scene of (possibly) gypsies or other peasant folk in the splendid countryside, with their animals, wagons and household goods. In the far distance at left there is a view with another small wagon and house. I suppose this could be by any number of artists, but, I have not been able to identify any particular painter, and specialists at Sotheby's and Christie's British Art departments in London have been unable to suggest an attribution, though they say that this is not by William Shayer. Note the use of pencil outlining and drawing under the paint. The painting has some damage at top (three small adjacent punctures), likely from hanging nails, several other punctures in various spots (ask for photos, as I can show only 9 images here) and there's a 1 1/2" area of missing paint and torn canvas at lower center in the cloth spread on the ground by the prominent male figure. The canvas is loose at right, not tacked. In summary, the painting needs some restoration, but the needed repairs are well within the capabilities of any professional restorer. The work is a fine, traditional painting that once restored will be worthy of the finest home.
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