New England Plein Air Harbour Oil Paintings Signed T. Bailey 1934, Rockport and Gloucester
A pair of charming and quaint custom framed oil-on-board original oil paintings of New England harbour scenes.
One depicts the harbor scene in Rockport, Mass. and the other portrays the harbor scene in Gloucester, Mass. Very competently painted, the artist has captured the scenes in a style that represents the era beautifully. These paintings have authentic patina about them.
Mounted in original hand carved gold wood frames.
Each is signed by the artist lower right and is titled & dated 1934 on the verso. One also bears the brand of the artisan that carved the frame "Arturo" on the frame verso.
Condition is very good with some minor age and wear effects to frame and matting - see photographs.
The paintings are on 8" x 10" boards. The frames are 18" x 16" x 1 1/4".
Age: 1934. 4.75 pounds total weight.
Mystery surrounds the maritime paintings by artist and painter T. Bailey.
According to information from different sources, T. Bailey did not exist but was a pseudonym of several artists from the Massachusetts communities around Cape Ann including T Bailey.
A London-born salesman & sign painter Morris Hambro immigrated to America in 1865.
Around 1910, Hambro bought unsigned paintings from unsuspecting artists and sold them throughout New England, gaining a substantial profit. It's unknown who all the exact T. Baily artists are, but it's speculated that among the original painters are Max Berman, Sears Thompson, Mae Bennet Brown, Vivian Forsythe Porter, Melbourne C. Hardwick, William Frederick Paskell, and J. G. Cloudman.
Hambro bought the paintings for $15 to $20, affixed the T. Bailey signature, and sold them for up to $50 a piece.
T. Bailey maritime paintings generally include vintage sailing ships, seascapes, and clipper ships in all their glory.