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I picked up this framed piece of art and I'm looking for information on it.

Back has he words Good Friends printed on it.

It looks stitched together. Certainly not painted. A print perhaps ???

Frame itself appears old. Small nails holding the wood backing to the frame.

More photos to follow.

TU in advance for whatever help you can provide.

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"Charles Burton Barber (1845-1894) was an English painter who achieved success with his paintings of children and their pets. During his lifetime Barber was regarded as one of England's finest animal painters."

A lot of his works are with Jack Russell dogs, it might be a start.


Thanks for chiming in. Is that a Jack Russell dog ? I'm more "into" cats.

So you think this is a painting that was put on a piece of paper ?

For a small fee, under $4.00 to $50. (depends on size) any b/w or colored photo can be PRINTED on canvas.

What interests me is the Navy rating badge on her sleeve. The small, fouled anchor is that of a leading rate (seaman) called a "billick" in the New Zealand Navy. It is no longer used but when that happened I can't determine. Keeping tradition alive the leading seaman in the Royal Navy is still called a Billick. Her hat appears to be Scandinavian but it could be imported.


I saw that too,  and I thought it might be a valuable clue to the age of this item.

So in your opinion this is a painting that was printed on a canvas ?

What's your thought about the previous reply regarding Charles Burton Barber being the artist ? Frame certainly has some age to it.



They were transferring photographs to canvas in the 4th quarter of the 19th century.


I don't know the artist, C.B. Barber.  looked up jack russell little girl art and hundreds of pics come up. Sir Ainsley was another prolific jack russell/little girl artist.

I didn't say "painting" I said "photo".  As for the frame you didn't show the backside of it so we cannot see the joinery, natural wood, stains, etc. that helps age a frame. The brica-brac around the perimeter is added on. Studying it one can see that it fits top and bottom but was too short to fit the sides and therefore had to be broken to make it look good...IMO it makes it look ridiculous; would look better without it.

Yes, that is definitely a Jack Russel Terrier - Now called a Parson Terrier, If memories serves.

Also - That is cloth, I can see the weft and the weave - which means a material, as opposed to a canvas. So I think this would be a Screen Print or Silk Screen print. The colors are lovely, like lithography - I'd guess it to be 1880 - 1900 style illustration art.

In other words, If Mr. Barber did this as fine art, the rights to it may have been sold to use as an illustration for any number of products, or just as a limited number of screen prints. The cute kids, like yours, were very popular from the Victoria era 1860-ish right on through the 1940's or so.

Have you done a google search to see if you can positively ID this one as A Barber print?

Wikipedia defines "canvas" thusly:  Canvas is made by tightly weaving yarns together in a plain weave, which is a very basic textile weave. The warp (vertical) threads are held steady on the loom, while the weft threads cross over and under each warp. The fibers used in canvas are thick, usually medium to heavy weight threads.

BUT, Canvas is sealed - with Gesso, before it can be used as a painters "canvas".

This one is 1. Colored, I've never ever seen a canvas for art in any solid color, except white?

2. It has no gesso coating on it to make it suitable to paint on.

In the photo above, you can see it is a plain woven fabric - similar to a Tee shirt of a dish towel, for instance. This means that the image is probably screen printed on it - or Silk Screened.

That was my point anyways.

Lots of god info has been provided, but it doesn't appear there is a consensus on how this was produced.

Does anyone know of a art dealer/collector who might be able to shed some light on this ???

Without a hands-on appraisal there is no way we can tell you how it was produced or anymore than we have.

Since you own and possess the artwork it would be better if you asked Google for an art appraiser near where you live in the USA. You could also look in the Yellow Pages.


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