Late 19th century oil on canvas marine painting depicting a man and two children in a rowboat on a body of water with rocky shoreline in the foreground, masted ship and hills in the background, with pervasive, low-hanging clouds overhead. Signed lower left "J.G.T. Godfrey" and dated "'93". Housed in a parcel gilt wood cove molded frame. Canvas – 14" H x 20" W. Framed – 21" H x 27" W. Provenance: the estate of Victor T. Patterson, Franklin, TN. Note: born in Georgia and educated at the Parsons School of Design, Victor Patterson served as a cultural representative to Russia with Dwight D. Eisenhower's "People to People" program (prior to its privatization) before moving to the Nashville, Tennessee area to pursue a career in interior design. He was associated with Bradford's for many years before starting his own business. He decorated the Tennessee Governor's Mansion and the home of several country music stars in the 1970s, and filled his home on Franklin's historic Fourth Avenue with art and antiques from his frequent travels. CONDITION: Light grime to canvas; overall very good condition. 2 3/4" strip of veneer loss and minor wear to edge of frame.
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