The best part about going out hunting is the anticipation of finding something great. Even if you've been on a dud roll, this thrill keeps you digging until long after your hands feel grimy & you'd nearly give anything for a drop of Purell.
Then it happens. The Holy Grail with an affordable price tag!
She sits on the mantle, and although now she seems like part of the family, there were many times when I'd look up at her & my mind would just reel at who this calm looking woman was. A friend or a lover? A widow or a mother? Maybe all
I guess even if I had some knowledge of her life, I'd never really know who she was. Which really is an extraordinarily great feeling selling vintage or antiques. It's both humbling and reassuring.
I looked up both the school & the names but came up with nothing.
And since the first woman started teaching there in 1878 & women had been taking classes here decades before that, the painting could've been done by either a man or a woman.
But the final "this is meant to be!" moment came when I noticed the date
APR 20, 1938
just happens to be my birthday (a few decades off!)
What is your "Holy Grail" find?