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Possibly by Robert Reginald Whale (1805-1887), well-collected Niagara folk artist from the late 1800s. The work is clearly signed, “R. Whale” and dated 1871. Recent auction results for Whale’s work range from $2000 to $120,000 USD. The work shows signficant crackling and fading from age. The work has been estimated by Golding Young and Mawer to have a value between $700 and $2300 CDN.

R. Whale

Date: 1871

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 21 1/2″ x 25 1/2″