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Oil on canvasboard impressionistic painting of an idealized street with old houses, trees and a few strolling figures, 16" by 12" ( 20" by 16" as nicely framed in gold), signed at lower left "F. H. McKay" and signed again and titled in old penciled handwriting on the board reverse "A Maine Village". The artist is FRANCES H. McKAY (circa 1880-possibly 1969---biographical information is scarce online). McKay was apparently a female artist, though some have suggested the artist was male. What is known is that the artist was born in Rockport, Maine in the 1880's, and that her specialty was, as one online poster so poetically wrote, "idealized villages with their picket fences, seacoast cottages, shady streets that end near the sea, and strolling couples forever frozen in the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle" (the writer was referring to the fact that images of works by McKay were used by the Tuco company in the 1940's and 1950's, for the jigsaw puzzles that it manufactured). A possible birth date and death date of 1969 are suggested by online information. Certainly this work was likely created not earlier than about 1950. The painting and frame are very clean and this can be placed on the wall as it stands. See other works by the artist on the net.
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FRANCES H. McKAY (c. 1880-?) American impressionist art New England village painting
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