An antique oil on canvas landscape of a distant snow capped mountain range framed by bright late autumn foliage, 15 1/2" by 30" (21 1/2" by 35" in likely the original frame), signed in red at lower right by artist ADELE BRACY and dated there what appears to be 1898 or 1896 (or, in that vicinity towards the earlier side). This is apparently a copy by a talented amateur of an image well-known in the mid 19th century. An original painting "Late Autumn in the White Mountains" by important American artist Alfred Thompson Bricher (1837-1908) was made into a Louis Prang chromolithograph in 1866. As a "chromo" the image was widely distributed, and viewed, and it was subsequently often copied in oils. The canvas here is of southern origin, stamped "Bromberg Brothers 108 Dauphin Street Mobile Alabama". The signature at lower right, made more visible by moistening temporarily the area, cutting through the blanching/dryness, invites further research. An internet search reveals an Adele Bracy (1869-1931) was from Arkansas, strengthening the southern connection to the canvas. Bracy was not a known painter so the value is not dependent on the authorship in this case. The decorative work is worthy of investment in proper restoration to clean away nearly 150 years of grime and blanching, repair the long crudely repaired tear at upper right through the tallest tree, and stabilize the paint losses in that same vicinity. The frame has some losses befitting its advanced age. More photos upon request; difficult to fully illustrate the condition and so forth in the allotted nine images.
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