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Researching Your Art

Eye by an unidentified artist

Want to learn more about the painting you found while clearing out the attic? What about the drawing that has been hanging in grandma's hallway since you were a kid? Maybe the sculpture you found at the flea market last summer really is a Remington. How can you find out?

For answers, be prepared for a little detective work. We hope these tips and resources will help you begin, but remember that these lists are not exhaustive. Whether you research a family heirloom or a yard-sale find, the process can be rewarding!

Okay, let's investigate!


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Pictured: Unidentified, Eye, about 1900, watercolor on ivory, 3/4 x 3/4 in., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Henry D. Hill

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