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Posted - Mar 08 2007 :  22:34:20  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello All,

I have this clown portrait, Oil on Canvas, 15 x 11.5 in. It is tacked to the stretcher, which shows age, with very old tacks. The canvas is also obvioiusly visibly aged, to me looks early 1900's. No signature apparent. Anyone have any ideas about it?


Let me know if you know anything. thank You!


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Posted - Mar 16 2007 :  01:45:26  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I cant believe no one has any ideas here!
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Posted - Mar 16 2007 :  02:25:46  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The clown looks like Weary Willie
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Posted - Mar 21 2007 :  16:41:40  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The stretcher and the canvas look old at the first glance. Is it possible, that another canvas ( the clown) was tacked onto an older painting, which is still behind the clown portrait? At least for the german market, clown portraits were popular in the 1960s.
To find out who the clown is, you might want to ask the clown-museum in Germany. http://www.circus-museum.de/

Have fun researching.
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Posted - Jan 06 2008 :  21:38:24  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well with no signature there is not a lot you can find out. Maybe there is a signature under the frame. It looks like Weary Willie to me as well.My great grandfather knew him and used to paint him. His name was Robert Bobby wicks. He was famous and you can google him to read about him and see his works. I was looking for one of his Weary willie paintings to purchase but they are very expensive. It looks a lot like one of his but i am pretty sure he signed all of his works. I can ask my mom to be sure. Good luck!
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Posted - Jan 07 2008 :  03:28:55  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
with "sad clown painting" on Google, you get a lot of similar things but too many for a real help.
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