Victorian Watercolor by Irene Firmin

Tulsa trip 093I went to a very old man’s antique store in Jenks, OK. I had been there before. He has lots of good stuff, but it was real dusty and not a very clean store. He’s ancient and seems to really enjoy being alive and being able to work. I found a Victorian watercolor of a woman. It was one of the prettiest ones I have ever found and the frame was great! He wanted more but I got it for $60. A real good deal. When I got home I did a search of Irene Firmin, the artist. Irene Firman was noted in a catalogue of ” The Toledo Museum of Art founded by Edward Drummond Libbey. The number listing was 89 and the title was: “Perfume,” by Irene Firmin. She was,also, listed in “Artists In Ohio 1787 – 1900”.  States she was and artist, active in Findlay, Hancock County, at the turn of the Twentieth Century. I found another of her works on eBay. It is a paintng of a girl holding flowers. it says, “Beautiful and delicate the work is on paper, notIrene Firmin sure if oils or pastels. Frame measures apprx 9.25″ x 7.25″.  Actual image is apprx 3″ tall.   Brass finish on the frame with a chain for hanging.”  Another search found: Antique Victorian Painting Irene Firmin Oil Pastel Lady Findlay Ohio 1897.  I’m excited to find such a great example of a Victorian lady watercolor to add to my collection.Irene Firmin 2Irene Firmain  2 The painting at the bottom is one I found on eBay. They want $195.00 for it.



About Jim Gatling

Artist: primitive watercolors, colored pencil. Quilter: Original designs, Scrap quilts. Craftsman: Woodburning, Recycling Teacher: Retired MHS, SHCS K-12 Part Time. Collector: Antiques, Quilts, Glass, Buttons, Petit Point, Needlepoint, Hankies, Figural Perfume Bottles. Son, Father, Grandfather, Neighbor, Friend.
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