A very appealing small forest interior painting on board, 9" by 11" (12" by 14" in modern day gold framing), unsigned on front but on reverse in old hand is written (difficult to decipher) "near XXX farm Hampstead Heath/Oct. 3 1908 5 PM/P. P. (XXXX)". The word after P.P. is the last name of the artist but it has defied my efforts to make it out. The scene is painted in luminous tan colors with light grayish green and cream here and there, all in a very impressionistic blond to silvery light. The view is into trees but there is space under those trees and that airy light. The painting has alligatoring of the paint (cracks formed as it dried improperly) but the surface is stable. It appears that at some point someone tried to inpaint significant portions of the areas affected by the alligatoring. When viewed at an angle in raking light, one can see that those areas appear dull, with no varnish. At normal viewing distance this is all not that troubling, but, please examine the photos carefully. More research could turn up the name of the talented and possibly listed artist.
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