I had seen it in the shop window and loved the quietness of it. I took it home and had it cleaned and reframed.
I've always had this painting hung on a wall in my house.
I never knew who had painted it until a name revealed itself after the cleaning. Even then I couldn't find out anything about the artist. I've been curious all these years because I've always admired the fine detailed work in this small painting which measures only 10 x 8 inches.
Since the advent of the internet and the wealth of information to be explored, I've finally found out who my mystery artist is. The name on the painting is C B Presbrey which I have traced back as belonging to Clara Briggs Presbrey (1864-1946) an artist who lived and worked in Taunton, Massachusetts, US. She specialised in miniature painting.
I haven't been able to find any other work by this artist and I wonder if any others exist. And how did this painting end up in a thrift shop on the other side of the world?
|Painting by Clara Briggs Presbrey (1864-1946)|
|Larger than actual size close-up. Painting by Clara Briggs Presbrey (1864-1946)|
Meanwhile I continue to enjoy my little painting!