- Whimsical painting with a
nautical theme done on an old 8 mm movie screen. The artist,
whom we believe signed and dated the painting on the stern of
a boat in the bottom right ("Henry Porter 1940"), clearly
had a sense of humor, as witness the engine falling off the boat
in the upper right and the man in the upper left throwing an
anchor in the water with the anchor rope wrapped around his legs.
The artwork, in general, shows a happy group of figures.
It was found in Florida, where it evidently was stored in an
attic and had a good deal of roofing tar drip on it. We
carefully cleaned most of the tar from the painting and frame,
as well as a coat of old shellac which was peeling badly. Some
inpainting of the water was necessary, but most of the figures
were spared. Several required minor touch ups in places.
We placed it back in the original frame. A new owner may
choose to reframe it. In all, a great example of American folk
art. 24" wide x 19" high: sight is 22 ½"
wide x 17" high. More photos available on request. (CH-16)
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