Oil on canvas landscape, 10 1/2" by 18", unframed, signed at lower right and dated there 1894 by well listed American artist CHARLES HENRY MILLER (1842-1922). Miller became known for his impressionistic paintings of Queens and points all over Long Island, including East Marion, near the end of the North Fork (Orient Point area). He traveled to Europe in the 1860's and, inspired by the sights and culture, decided to abandon the medical career for which he was preparing, in favor of art. Miller's father was a wealthy architect and builder, and a substantial inheritance allowed the son to paint full time for the rest of his life. Miller's works were widely exhibited and awarded in the United States and Europe. This painting, found in Massachusetts, has been recently cleaned. A horizontal depression 1 1/4" long at top left was relaxed by the restoration team but is still present, although it is much less apparent to the naked eye than it appears in the photos. On the reverse the artist wrote his name several times and there is a somewhat difficult to read notation congratulating the apparent recipient on her birthday; it reads "To Mrs. J. M. (XXXX)/Charles H. Miller Birthday Congratulations Dec. 2nd - 1902" and "Sept 1894" appears as well. That is likely the date of execution of the work. Photos are somewhat more greenish than the actual painting.
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