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Antique Watercolor Portrait of Maltese Fisherman in Red Cap Smoking a Pipe signed G. Esposito - c. 19th/20th Century, Italy
Extraordinary genre watercolor portrait of an old, blue eyed, white bearded fisherman in a red Maltese cap smoking a long pipe. It is signed on the lower right in red watercolor script G. Esposito. Gaetano Esposito (1858-1911) was an Italian genre painter, a student of Gaetano D'Agostino and later, at the Naples Royal Institute of Fine Arts (reale istituto di belle arti di Napoli), a disciple of Filippo Palizzi, Domenico Morelli and Stanislao Lista. In 1880 his Christ among the Children was purchased by the Ministry of Education. He held exhibitions in Rome, Florence, St Petersburg and the Universal Exhibition in St Louis. Comes in a gilt wood frame ready to display. In very good used condition with minor imperfections to frame as shown. Shipped fully insured with tracking number.
Measurements: Outer Size Frame: 19.5" by 15"; Visible Image with mat: 14" by 10 1/8" approximately.
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