[unattributed, American school]
Roam (Rome) in dreamland; wake up in grease (Greece), ca.1860
Oil on board
8 x 7 inches [unframed] | 13 x 12 inches [framed]
Signed at lower bottom margin (entire width) : ‘illegible’.
Period frame with original gilding.
Unrestored original condition with some large scratches.
In Roam (Rome) in dreamland; wake up in grease (Greece), ca.1860 a man falls asleep with candle in his hand and papers in the other on an old wooden high-back chair. The Victorian painting is dark and mysterious possibly depicting a servant who longs to travel but must clean dirty plates. The painting is enhanced by its unusual title which is printed on verso.
1998 ( David Smernoff, New Haven, CT & New York, NY ) ;
1998 Private collection of [withheld], Woodbridge, CT ;
ca.1860 [unattributed, American school], the artist .
2020 David Smernoff, New York, NY, “Tiny moments : the life of genre painting”, November 15 – December 31.