English or American school, mid 19th century painting depicting three girls; two seated and one standing in center. One girl holds a sheet of music, reclining against a seat draped in fabric. The other two hold flowers, presumably from the cluster by the overturned hat at rightmost subject’s feet. In the background is a distant landscape. Unsigned. Housed in a later giltwood frame. Old shipping label for Lockson Services Ltd en verso. Sight – 23 1/2″ H x 19 3/4″ W. Framed – 29 5/8″ H x 25 7/8″ W. Provenance: the estate of Dr. Howard T. DeHaven, Columbia, TN. CONDITION: Wax lined canvas. UV light reveals scattered infill painting to all three figures, including faces, as well as infill painting to stretcher creases. Craquelure noted throughout painting, with impact craquelure in several areas near center third of the canvas. Stretcher creases to each side. Possible repaired tear along center right stretcher crease, 6 1/4″ L. Minor frame abrasion with 1/2″ paint loss along right edge, in lower right quadrant.
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