Oil on canvas or board behind glass (not examined out of frame), 15 1/2" by 21 1/2" (25" by 31" as framed), signed at lower left, and inscribed there "Bettys-y-Coed" (not dated). This is a well known and picturesque part of Wales, an area that attracted many artists in the 19th and early 20th century. This MIGHT be the listed EDWARD or EDWIN Masters, but I cannot say so with certainty. The works of those artists sell regularly at Christie's South Kensington auctions in London. Davenport's artist dictionary shows "E. Masters" as the way these two artists signed, yet, images I've seen of their work doesn't closely resemble this work, and I think this is from the early 20th century rather than the late 19th. Therefore I am offering it as simply English landscape art. Condition is good as it has been protected by glass for a very long time. There has apparently been a little contact with the glass over time in a few small areas and in those contact areas there is a little disturbance of the paint, though I do not think this a major issue. (More detailed photos upon request). For safe shipping I will likely open this up and remove the glass; it is presently very heavy and safe shipping with the glass could be challenging. Frame is old and crumbling in several places, with losses.
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