David Johnson Painting, ca. 1885
It was in my parents' home at the time they bought it, oh, about 1943, uh, in Wayne, Pennsylvania.
They didn't know where it came from before then?
I see. Well, as you see, it does say "David Johnson" on the tag. And we discovered something which I understand you hadn't seen before. There's a monogram here at the lower right, "DJ"...
...which is David Johnson's monogram.
So we are sure that it is by him. It's exactly his style. There are other, some wonderful, unusual features about it. There are these figures here...
...which are unusual in his work. David Johnson is an important figure in the second generation of the Hudson River School. It's probably the original frame. It's a frame of that period. In wonderful condition. The painting's in wonderful condition. Absolutely sterling example of his work. It would sell at auction for about $40,000, and retail for about twice that, around $80,000.
Oh, my goodness. My goodness.
And I'm thrilled to see it.
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