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I will be happy to help if you can please forward one or two photos. Back of picture too please. Greg
Just looking at your picture. This looks like water colour painted on paper.. Still typing..
The writing on the back does not help me with the provenance of the picture. It is so very Victorian in style and I did wonder for a moment if it could be someone's version of Victoria and Albert but the first of her seven children was not born till 1840 i think so that can't be it.
It may well be that the family paid an artist for this representation.
It cannot be described as a 'happy' family scene. They look like they have just had bad news or are expecting some. The children are rather 'doll like' in representation and apart from the faces and some of the clothing, parts of the picture are rather 'broad'. that means lacking in specific accuracy or detail. So i would say a good 'journeyman' artist but not a famous portrait painter.
There are some allegorical elements within the picture. That is to say things that if understood would confer greater 'hidden' meanings. Why are the hats on the floor in the foreground?
There is some 'foxing' (iron mould marks) on the paper - not really a negative here.
I think that a local auctioneer might be able to attribute it to an artist if you let them see it first hand.
Nevertheless it is an original piece of Victorian art executed by a skilled hand. In a decent frame it would sell in auction for less than £100 I believe. Unlikely to give real joy though to the person who ahngs it at home because due consideration would lead one to the conclusion that the picture represents more of a funeral than a wedding. Sorry. Greg