Oil on canvas painting of a farmer by a water pump in an open field, two dray horses at center and left slaking their thirst. The work measures 11" by 12" and 15 1/2" by 16 1/2" in frame that may well be the original. The painting is signed faintly yet distinctly at lower left corner "S.S.C.", which is one of the known signatures of American artist SAMUEL SIMPSON CARR (1837-1908). Other known signatures include "S.S. CARR" and "S. CARR". Carr was born in England and for a time studied at the Royal School of Design in Chester, in the western part of the country. By 1862 we see him in the United States, in New York City. Records show him in Brooklyn from 1879 through 1907, one year before his death. Carr's paintings have approached $70,000 at auctions of fine American art. He is known for his paintings of children, scenes of east coast beach excursions, and pastorals. As is written in Wikipedia: ".....eerie style of painting in which shapes would be repeated, flipped and rotated over and over, while still remaining lifelike". There is a pronounced stiffness and coldness to many of the figures in his paintings; also, many of the hands are clumsily painted, and some faces especially of more minor or distant figures in a composition are sometimes not clearly painted, as is the case here. I cannot state for sure that this painting is a work of Carr, but it may likely well be, so I would like to attribute it to him. The painting has never been restored. A bit of attention is indicated at this point in its life. There is overall uneven canvas, with some buckling and rippling and sinking, yellowed varnish, and a small loss is seen above the horses in the craquelure pattern. The new owner may wish to invest in a quality reline job.
American 19th century art pastoral signed painting probably by SAMUEL S. CARR (1837-1908)