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Is the piece under glass?
If not, s the surface slightly uneven and rough so that you feel brush strokes?
What is the size, not including the frame? Please do not remove from the frame.
What is the medium - oils, watercolors, etc.?
Is it on canvas or paper or board?
Yes. I noted you had said this painting is on canvas after I asked that question.
I am not sure I can see the signature in your photo.
I will try to photoshop it now to see if I can get a better contrast.
I need to compare the signature to the artist's other signatures.
Thank you for the information and photos. They really help.
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One more question - In my research, I found two main but different signatures
See the following images. Does one of them look like yours?
See the following image.
Is this your painting?
Yours seems so faint by comparison?
The one I sent is entitled Out for Hunt. It sold in 2007 for $495 at Charlton Hall Galleries auction in 2007. It was sold as an original.
What is on the back of yours that starts "Collection."
I cannot read the "Collection..."???
What does it say?
All the Heywood Hardy paintings I saw in my research were bright colored like the one I sent you.
I think yours is a preliminary study for the one I found.
Heywood Hardy (1843-1933)
Biography from Odon Wagner Gallery
"Heywood Hardy was a painter and etcher of animals, portraits, genre and sporting subjects. He was born in Chichester, on 25th November 1843, son of the artist James Hardy, Sr (1801-79) and younger brother of James Hardy Jr (1832-89).
Hardy left home at the age of 17, and attempted to earn a living by painting animal pictures. He did this successfully, and, after a short time with the 7th Somerset Volunteers, he borrowed some money from his brother and traveled to Paris. In 1864 he entered the Ecole des Beaux Arts to study under the battle artist, Pielse.
He returned to England in 1868 and found he was in great demand. He was often invited to country estates to paint portraits, sporting pictures and animal studies. Hardy continued to enjoy commissions for portraits, animal studies and hunting scenes, but he decided to concentrate on painting genre subjects. In addition, he provided illustrations for magazines such as the Illustrated London News, and The Graphic, as well as producing etchings of his work.
In 1870 Hardy and his family moved to St John's Wood, London - an area then popular with artists. During this period his career flourished and he was elected a member of a number of societies including The Royal Society of Painters and Etchers, The Royal Institute of Oil Painters and The Royal Society of Portrait Painters.
In 1909 Hardy moved to West Sussex and at the age of 83, he painted the first in a series of eight panels depicting Biblical scenes for the chancel of Clymping Church, to mark its 700th anniversary in 1925. At the time, these panels caused considerable controversy as they depicted Christ walking on the Sussex Downs and local farmland, amidst modern figures, said to be residents from nearby villages.
Exhibited: Royal Society of British Artists, Suffolk Street (1863 to 1871)Royal Academy (46 paintings between 1864 and 1919)The British InstituteThe Old Watercolour Society."
When assessing an artist's work, appraisers must look at completed sales of works by the same artist. Art gallery sales prices are private.We must then go to auction sales prices which are public. When using comparable work by the same artist, medium, subject matter and size are factors to be considered.Appraisers most often use price per square inch of previously sold comparable works by the same artist as a measure of value.
Using this widely accepted method of assessment, I was able to determine an estimated auction value of $250-400 assuming it is a faint colored original study and depending on sale geographic location.
As for retail value, I have seen art sell for 4 to 5 times auction values depending on the tastes of the art gallery owner as well as location of the gallery.
In general, a private seller to a dealer, via consignment or at auction can expect 30-60% of estimated retail value.
Insurance replacement values are usually about 10% more than retail values.
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