|Title:||USS Monongahela watercolor Civil War|
|Description:||Watercolor painting of what I believe is the USS Monongahela sail ship served in the Union Navy during the American Civil War Artist: E.P Brandwood dated February 1902-|
|Condition:||Good condition, no rips tears scuffs or scratches that i see, some foxing Matting yellowed with age|
|Origin:||Purchased at an Antique shop in Aurora, Owner of the shop was from England, closed down.|
|Provenance:||What I believe to be a water color painting of the USS Mongahela sail ship-barkentine served in the US Navy in the Civil war. from 1862 to out of service 1908-destroyed by fire. ( refrence Wikipedia)|
|Appraised By:||Sara Kinch|
|Appraiser Comments:||Hello and I thank you for your patience and I apologize for the delay in completing this inquiry. The artwork submitted for inquiry is an original watercolor painting that has been created by an artist who has signed the artwork with a signature that reads "E. J. Brandwood". The artist has also included the date of February, 1902 alongside his or her signature which is reference to the date on which the artist completed the painting of the USS Monongahela. The sailing ship was still afloat and in service in 1902 and it is possible that the artist painted the ship's portrait from life. I have extensively researched the artist's signature and name for a match among listed artists and I am unable to designate one of these listed artists available to me through my resources as the creator of the ship's portrait. The USS Monongahela had quite a prolific service record from its launch at the Philadelphia Navy Shipyard in 1863, through the Civil War and eventually Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The Union ship's career ended by fire in 1908. With regard to the artist, I have researched geneology records for Brandwood and find that the family has its roots in Lancashire with records as early as 1588 and as late as the early 1900's. John Brandwood resided in Blackburn, Lancashire, and owned a cotton mill there from the date of 1870. There is a possibility that John Brandwood is a relative to the artist E. J. Brandwood. I have also researched ports of visit for the USS Monongahela and I can find no records of the ship being in Preston, England at the Preston Docks which are located along the Ribble River. The information printed on the label attached to the reverse of the painting that you possess is a reference to F. Ainley Picture Galleries at 153 Church Street, Preston, which was listed as an active business as early as 1870 and as late as 1934. The gallery sold high-end artwork and did framing and restorations. F. Ainley Picture Galleries was located in Preston, Lancashire, which is the same locale as the Brandwood family's locale. As I have previously mentioned in this inquiry, I can find no listing for E. J. Brandwood as an artist. He or she may have had a connection with marine life in another way, perhaps as a merchant marine or sailor. Or he or she may have been an accomplished artist whose artwork for some reason does not appear at auction or on the retail market at the present time. I have compared the painting that you possess with paintings and photographs of the USS Monongahela by noted artists and I am confident that the ship which is the subject of the painting in your possession is the USS Monongahela. E. J. Brandwood may have used one of these paintings or photos as a reference for completion of the watercolor painting that you possess. With regard to selling the artwork, my first source would be one of the many on-line sits that deal in selling and purchase of marine artworks. Thank you for the inquiry. Sara Kinch|
The expert, Sara Kinch, is of the opinion that this item
Reason: The artwork submitted for inquiry is an original and authentic watercolor painting of the USS Monongahela created by an artist who has signed the artwork at the lower right-hand corner with a signature that reads "E.J. Brandwood".
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