Good evening Marianne, Sorry for the delay, I have been working in the field with clients for the last week. Thank you I have your pictures. Here is information on the artist and a estimate of value.
James Everett STUART (1852-1941)
Birth place: Dover, ME
Death place: San Francisco, CA
Addresses: Chicago, IL; San Francisco, CA
Profession: Landscape painter
Studied: in Sacramento with Wood, 1868-73; San Francisco Sch. Design with V. Williams, R.D. Yelland, Hill & Keith, 1873-78; NYC.
Exhibited: PAFA Ann., 1894; Am. Art Soc., 1902 (bronze medal); AIC; Soc. Indep. Artists, 1918-19, 1921
Member: Soc. Indep. Artists; NAC; Bohemian Club; San Francisco AA; AAPL.
Work: Kalamazoo (MI) Art Assn.; Michigan State Library; Oregon Hist. Soc.; Joslyn Mem., Omaha; Reno Arts and Crafts Club; Oakdale Public Library; Oakland Mus.; Los Angeles Mus. History, Science & Art; Los Angeles Art Assn.; Southwest Mus., Los Angeles; Municipal Art Commission, Los Angeles; Doheny Library; Univ. Southern Calif., Los Angeles; Calif. State Lib., Sacramento; Crocker Gal., Sacramento; de Young Mus., San Francisco; Golden Gate Park Mus., San Francisco; Bancroft Lib., UC Berkeley; Montana Hist. Soc.; Washington State Hist. Soc.; White House, Washington, DC; Witt Art Lib., London
Comments: The grandson of portrait painter Gilbert Stuart (see entry), he is said to have painted more than 5,000 paintings during his long and successful career. After studying in San Francisco, he opened a studio in Portland, OR, from which he took numerous painting excursions. In 1891-92 he opened a studio in Tacoma, WA, where he stayed until the early 1890s, producing many works of historical importance. In 1892, he was living in NYC, then Chicago (15 years), until he moved back to San Francisco in 1912. He was successful in selling his paintings for huge sums to prominent people, including John D. Rockefeller. He was the originator of a new method of painting on aluminum and wood.
His paintings have sold at many of the auction houses in California and Oregon. They bring the best prices at the following Auction Houses.
Coeur d'Alene Art Auction, http://www.cdaartauction.com/
Sotheby's, New York NY, http://www.sothebys.com/en/inside/locations-worldwide/new-york/overview.html
Bonhams, Los Angeles CA, http://www.bonhams.com/locations/LA/
As you can see the results vary greatly. The current art market is very volatile and can change greatly. I have given you a basic value range. If you are considering insuring them you need to contact an appraiser in your area. Make sure that he or she specializes in art, and belongs to a recognized association,
If you are thinking of selling you need to contact one of the auction houses and ask for an auction estimate.
This gives us an estimated value range on each painting of $2,500 to $7,000.00
All the best *****