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3 weeks researching..nothing on these 3 please help1

 
 
Reply Mon 27 Jun, 2016 06:46 pm
I have spent entire days trying to find out something...anything...about these 3 pieces. They come from an estate we inherited. Many items date back to the late 1800s. I would so much appreciate any help you could give this very tired researcher.
The first one looks like Samuel Clemens but no signature
http://i.imgur.com/zoETQPQ.jpg

The second one is marked 1870 in pencil on the back. The person who owned it was overseas quite a bit so it might have come from there.
http://i.imgur.com/kNzPWm6.jpg
I have researched this signature until I am blue in the face with no results...conjoined initials
http://i.imgur.com/hI85slz.jpg

And last but not least a little girl with hands crossed
http://i.imgur.com/4bW8WUq.jpg
This one is not oil or watercolor...it may just be an old print.

So those are the three monsters who have kept me awake until all hours. Thanks for any insight you could provide.
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Reply Tue 28 Jun, 2016 04:44 am
@drkatherine,
The first one is a good painting. It should be professionally cleaned a bit and maybe, just maybe, various clues will emerge drom the scene. (The mirror is reflwcting something, the music may be readable.
The watercolor is probably a tourist thing.
Number 3 is a multilith because you can see the color oxidizing to a greenish tinge.

work on number 1
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