Inherited Paintings

Julian Alden Weir’s ‘Early Fall’

All are by early American or late 19th Century American Impressionist artists.

A minor work by J. Alden Weir (1852-1919). Year unknown. It is basically the view in back of his home in Windham Center, Connecticut, looking west towards the hills of Lebanon, Connecticut. Signed in lower left corner. 12-¼ by 16-¼ inches. Professionally appraised in 2013 at $17,000.

William Glackens

A minor work by William Glackens (1870–1938). Year unknown.

Reynolds Beal’s ‘Noank’

My late brother Kevin’s favorite was this painting of Noank, Connecticut, by Reynolds Beal.


An artist about whom I’m trying to find the file.

Walter Griffin’s ‘Maine’

‘Maine’ by Walter Griffin (1865-1935). Signed in lower right. 10 by 12 inches. Professionally appraised at $3,500.

Charles Foster Ryder’ Hot Springs, Virginia’

‘Hot Springs, Virginia’ by Chauncey Foster Ryder (1868-1949). Signed in lower right corner. 8½ x 10⅜ inches. Professionally appraised at $5,000.


An unknown and unsigned oil painting that has been in my family since at least 1950.


View from the west bank of the Hudson River to Breakneck Ridge on the east bank. An unknown and unsigned oil painting that has been in my family since at least 1950. Hung for many decades above the living room fireplace on the second floor of the family homestead at 215 Church Street, Willimantic, Connecticut. Known to have been purchased at an estate sale. By coincidence, this viewpoint, just south of West Point, New York, is the same that young J. Alden Weir and his father Robert Walter Weir (1803-1889) had each painted when the latter was teacher and professor of Drawing at the U.S. Military Academy there. Wikipedia notes that Weir senior “created many unsigned paintings that may never be attributed to him.” This could be one such painting, but remains unsubstantiated.

A Painting on Glass by an Unknown Artist

This view of the Connecticut State Capitol building in Hartford, Connecticut, hung for decades in the publisher’s office of the daily Chronicle newspaper in Willimantic, Connecticut. It was likely purchased by publisher George August Bartlett (1873-1919) during the last two decades of his life. I thought it might have some value, but recently discover that it was mass produced and today worth approximately $100.

One Painting No Long in Possession

Charles Courtney Curran’s ‘A Sunny Morning’

A Sunny Morning’ (1916) by Charles Courtney Curran (1861-1942). Signed and dated in lower left corner. 18 by 22 inches. Exhibited at The William Benton Museum of Art in Storrs, Connecticut (1989). Professionally appraised in 2013 at $71,000. I regretted selling this work, as I liked it myself but co-own it with my sister-in-law, who wants to sell these paintings. So, I reluctantly sold it because it was the most salable. We sold it in 2016 for $28,000.


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