Found in New Hampshire, and bearing the label of a contemporary Portland, Maine frame shop, a watercolor painting of an old barge grounded on the shore of a creek adjacent to a woodland, a small house in the distance. The 11" by 14" work (17 1/2" by 20" framed) is signed at lower left and dated there "80". The signature appears to read "Ranger", as in Henry Ward Ranger (1858-1916), a well-known American artist. This is a possibility but could be difficult to confirm. At some effort, I opened the backing in search of additional information. This operation revealed that the work was laid down on foam board by this less-than-professional frame shop, and the mat proved difficult to peep under as well, since it is also laid down on top of the drawing. In any event, there is no easily accessible, obvious new information available. The work itself is quite detailed and by a competent hand, and other than being laid down as it is, it has survived nearly 140 years in excellent condition.
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