A lovely apparently unsigned impressionist oil on canvas painting of yellow-pink roses, 10" by 14" (16" by 20" framed), "February 1889" written on the stretcher, and there are remains of a framer's/possibly gallery label from High Street in Dumfries, Scotland. This must be by a listed or even important artist, though I cannot find a signature of any kind on the front. Also, in old ink, a number of words are written, which unfortunately I cannot make out. I do see what looks like "to L. Reed" or something like that at right side of that card, (and near that possibly "Sir".......something), and, no doubt, there are other clues as to authorship of this work, but try as I may, I simply cannot make them out. I did send images to the Scottish paintings specialist at Christie's and he suggested a resemblance to the works of James S. Park and Eloise Pearman. The impressionistic, light palette seems to me to be quite advanced for the year 1889. Over the many years a light soiling has dulled the brilliance underneath. Frame has some losses consistent with its age. Since the photos were taken of the brittle label, it has become detached, but I have luckily retained it in an envelope.
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