A circa 1880 American painting on canvas of a white clapboard house on a farm or rural land, the structure surrounded by bare trees, white fences and outbuildings, a sitting dog strategically placed at center staring directly at the viewer. The work measures 18" by 22" and 22" by 25" framed. It is in very original condition, so original that we might be looking at a heavily soiled surface that would brighten dramatically with a professional cleaning, though there is no doubt that the color palette is subdued and tending toward the silvery direction (which the frame complements). This sort of house portrait was common from about the 1860's through the latter years of the nineteenth century. Some, if especially folk art in feeling, can bring large sums at auction. Note the details of the siding, shutters, and gingerbread white-painted porch. On the stretcher written in longhand is the name "Florena Hodgson", a great old 19th century name, and possibly the artist. A test cleaning might show how this would transform when cleaned. There is a small one inch thin tear at center left, easily patched. When viewed very up close, there appear to be tiny pinpoint losses, which are not visible to the casual viewer at any normal distance.
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