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52) I have the opportunity to purchase the oil called Lost but need to know value. Can you be of any assistance?
Merry Millner, Jun. 13, 2014 bisbriards@gmail.com
Webmaster's Comment. This response is written some years after the message was posted. Sorry about that! So the writer's decision to purchase or not is by now ancient history. I am really not able to offer any assistance as to value but note that any oil painting of the work is a reproduction of the original which has been in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York since 1887. I personally believe that everyone's interest in value is misplaced. If a painting, albeit a reproduction, or a print, pleases you with its content, composition & colour, by all means buy it, put it on your living room wall & enjoy it. That said, I would not personally pay very much for any reproduction of Lost.

51) I have an old print called 'Lost' and very nice condition. How many prints of this painting and what year were these printed. What about value. Thank You
J. Mikulcik, Jun. 3, 2014 jomik33@hotmail.com
Webmaster's Comment. Alas, I cannot tell you how many Lost prints were published. I suspect however that the number was very large indeed. It would seem that they were published from 1909 with many dating from about 1925. Re value can I suggest that you read my earlier words in response to entry #40, here. Such words, written re Found, apply equally well to prints of Lost.

50) I have a print of "Lost"... I have had this print for at least 30 years. it is somewhat discolored, but in good condition otherwise. Can you provide any information on this. Could this be of value?
Margie, May 6, 2014 mtaatb@hotmail.om
Webmaster's Comment. The work Lost is covered in detail on this site page. My understanding, Margie, is that with prints, as with virtually anything else which is collectible, the condition of an item is a most important determinant of value. There will, however, be many folks interested in your print, I am sure, should you choose to offer it for sale. It is difficult for a purchaser to guage to what degree a print has become discoloured unless it can be seen side by side with a perfect print - which rarely is possible. Re value can I suggest that you read my earlier words in response to entry #40, here. Such words, written re Found, apply equally well to prints of Lost.

49) Was curious about artist, so was using search engine, and there you were! How interesting, I found one at my local thrift shop, they wanted $10, but it had been there for a bit, and it really caught my eye, so I offered $5 and brought it home. I love it! Mine is large in a wooden frame with gold trim. I did not take it apart, but bottom left hand corner says G.P.2346 Litho U.S.A. looks very old, that is why I wanted to ck it out, even tho' it said litho. Appreciate the information.
Mary A. Fisher, Apl. 11, 2014 luv4ribbons@aol.com
Webmaster's Comment. So glad to hear of your fine purchase of a Found print, Mary. Which print is covered on site here. The number that you reference, i.e. G.P.2346, indicates the biggest print that Giant Photos made available of the work - a large print indeed of 22 x 28 inches in size. Most rare I suspect. You are fortunate indeed to have acquired it at all. And especially fortunate to have done so at such a reasonable price.

48) My original post was in June, 2013. Perhaps I missed it however, I do not see a response within the guest book. My post is #43 however, the response I do see for #43 does not appear to correlate to my post. I am trying to research an original Schenck oil on canvas. I have been unable to locate any information concerning my painting. I would love any help you can provide in terms of identifying the title of my painting. Kind regards
Cherylynn, Feb. 6, 2014 cheryllynn2@comcast.net
Webmaster's Comment. I must apologise to you, Cherylynn - I have not checked the guestbook for over a year, so there was no reply to your earlier message. There is a reply now. I will try to be more diligent in the future. To give folks a means to contact me directly, I have added my e-mail address at the top of this page.
Realistically, I am unlikely to be able to help with a title to your work. If a master list of all of Schenck's works were available, (it isn't), it might be possible to match a particular work to its title. But even that is unlikely since so many of his works are of similar content - almost all of them are landscapes with sheep! The only thing I can do for you, if you are content to provide images, is to add the work into these pages - another 'Work of Unknown Title'. We can hope that a site visitor might recognise the work & come to your rescue with a title & other data. You can contact me directly here.

47) Bought a print Lost In The Storm at an auction. On the back of the print was the letter (A) and the letters prob vs . At the bottom right corner was a insignia and the name A. Schenck in red. The print was in an old frame with old news paper and a wooden back.
Ed Adams, Oct. 28, 2013 edadamsjr191@comcast.net
Webmaster's Comment. A most famous painting by Albert Schenck. I have never been fortunate enough to find such a print here in Canada. But I do continue to search. The work is covered on this site page. I wonder what the date was on the old newspaper?

46) I was left this print of Shepherds Call with all the markings on the left front bottom of o with a c inside of it and a Clco I think and on the front right bottom corner it marks are G P 12348 Litho in USA and on the cardboard they used for the framing of the back Shepherds Call and above that the numbers P38306 and across is 3548/1 the address on cardboard is Radio Picture Frame Co. Inc. 104 So. 4th St. Brooklyn N.Y. On the inside of the cardboard backing is what might have been a print that reads Carl Laemmle Presents The Kiss Before The Mirror and part of it is missing where they may have cut it off to fit the frame but I think it may say Y Carroll, K Morgan and last name that I can read is Lucas. It is very old in the original frame and I would love to know what all the numbers mean and who the artist is and how old is the picture its to me in very good shape. Also what can you tell me about the The Kiss Before The Mirror what is that all about and why was it used in the way it is.
Phyllis Bertrand, Jul. 08, 2013 yogie433@aol.com
Webmaster's Comment. Thanks for your message, Phyllis. Everything that I know about the numbers recorded on your 'Shepherd's Call' or 'Found' print are set out on this page. Commencing about half way down. A quite complicated scene as you can will see. Alas, I know nothing about 'The Kiss Before the Mirror', however a quick 'Google' search indicates that it was the title of a 1933 movie produced by Universal Pictures Corp. - a thriller in fact. Your partial print may very well be this poster which fits well your description - 'Carl Laemmle presents ...' Or maybe this poster (ex here) which also 'fits'. It sounds like the poster was excess at the time your 'Shepherd's Call' print was framed, maybe the movie run was finished, & a section of it was cut to size & put to use as packing material. There are bushels of WWW sites that relate to the movie - it would seem that you can even view it on line for free.

45) I have an original Schenck oil painting of a shepherdess on the right side of painting, wearing blue, red and gold. She is holding a staff and a shield. There are 6 sheep and a lamb up against the shield. A dog can be seen in the slight distance to the left of the painting with four sheep looking at it. The painting has a wide gold frame and is signed by Schenck in the bottom right hand area of painting. It has been in my family for many years and was only recently unpackaged. Would love to learn about this painting. Any information would be very helpful. Thank you!
Cheryl, Jun. 12, 2013 cheryllynn2@comcast.net
Webmaster's Comment. How very fortunate you are, Cheryl, to own a Schenck original. It would seem that a great many of his works may never have been titled - or if they were given a title, that title has been lost to time. If you would care to provide some images, I'll gladly show the work on site & invite comments.

44) I found the collie print and think it is good. I have no idea of the worth. It is very old and fragile.
Lynne, Apl. 01, 2013 Jlw6742@mchsi.com
Webmaster's Comment. Yes indeed. Old paper can become very fragile, often impossible to handle without causing damage. I am really not able you to help re value. May I suggest that you read my earlier words about value in my response to entry #40, here.

43) Hello. I happened across your website looking for information regarding a print I have. I appreciate the wonderful website! My print says 'Shepherds Call'. It has an inscription 'From Grandma Meadows Christmas 1937'. It belonged to my husband's late wife and Grandma Meadows was her great grandmother. It has the number 3316/8. Radio Picture Frame Co., Inc. It has a faded address then says Brooklyn, N.Y. It has an old Silver frame. It's 5x7. If you have any interest in it, please let me know. I'll be posting it on eBay shortly.
Joanie Morgan, probably U.S.A., Feb. 20, 2013 joaniemorgan77@hotmail.com
Webmaster's Comment. I have just seen Joanie's message, almost 2 months after it was posted (sorry about that!). I have now, belatedly, replied directly to her. 'Shepherd's Call', is covered on this site page.

42) I own the book of the 1889 Paris Exposition - several hundred photogravures in it including The Orphan with the sheep turned to the right. Any questions contact me.
Mark, Jan. 15, 2013 m630880@yahoo.com
Webmaster's Comment. Thanks, Mark. You confirm that prints were published with the image reversed - i.e. where the sheep faces to the left in the original painting (The Anguish c.1878), many later prints have it facing to the right. 'Anguish/The Orphan/Agony', is covered on this site page.

41) I am so glad I found your site, it has answered many of my questions ... thank you! I purchased a 12 x 16 framed print of Found, recently at an Antique store. I have not removed it from the frame, as it still has the backing paper intact and wish to preserve the authenticity of it. I do want to know the age of it though. The frame is in poor condition and looks like it was heavily gilted at one time. The frame is constructed with two nails at each corner joint, and the backing paper is very dark from age and tattered. I can see the card board backer is held in place with the old style point driver push points and they have not been tampered with. The framed print looks to be from the 1930's? Any help? Thanks a bunch
Kathy, U.S.A. I presume, Nov. 10, 2012 kathyc5jm@yahoo.com
Webmaster's Comment. Kathy, I think that you are correct with your dating of the print. So far nothing has come to my attention to indicate a date for the print prior to the early 1930s. Kathy is referring, of course, to 'Found', covered on this site page.

40) I have an 12x16 'Found' print, right corner GP 1248, Litho in U.S.A. Left corner circle with c in center/ 1/2Cleo The dog is very deep colored, lamb is not as deep background etc. tree, birds are colored but not deep. A good guess this is approx 50yrs old could be more. Is this worth anything?
jboczek, U.S.A. I presume, Oct. 22, 2012 boczekjanet@yahoo.com
Webmaster's Comment. Questions such as this, so often asked, are most difficult for the webmaster. I am not an artist, have no association with the art world, & have never, in fact, seen an actual 'Found' print. I am not an appraiser & do not have the skills to properly answer the question. But ... my reply to others over the years has been that bigger prints are more valuable than smaller prints, that earlier prints, which apparently have deeper & more pleasing colours, command a premium. That is a matter most difficult to assess, however, unless you can see old & new prints side by side. There are many modern imitations - mostly of very poor quality & probably not worth the paper they are printed upon. Mass produced to fleece the unsuspecting. 'Found' prints are of no interest whatsoever to an auction house in view of their modest value. What I have suggested, over the years, is that people should follow e-Bay, not for just a week but rather for a few months. Get a feel for what is available - the print comes up for sale continuously. Become an educated consumer to the extent that is practical. Or an educated seller!
This particular print is of a good size. I have seen them typically sold via e-Bay in the range of $17 to $20. But often much more if the depth of colour & print quality is there. Folks have paid $30 and been most happy with their purchase. One sold a year or so back for close to $80.00, due, I believe to some quite inaccurate fancy words in the listing. But do track e-Bay for a while. You will learn more that I can ever tell you.

39) I bought a 12 x 16 'Shepherd's Call' at a yard sale in 1997. A older relative told me this particular print was a free gift with a purchase of Cloverine Salve. Stamped on the back: PS8306 Shepherd's Call - Radio Picture Frame Co. Inc. 104 S...ath St. Brooklyn, NY.
Anyone know anything about the Cloverine connection?
Kat, U.S.A. I presume, Aug. 15, 2012 kmyms2000@yahoo.com
Webmaster's Comment. This is the first time, Kat, that anybody has referenced 'White Cloverine brand salve' re this print. Such salve was made (1895 thru 1985) by Wilson Chemical Company ('Wilson'), of Tyrone, Pennsylvania - and, thanks to the 'Tyrone Area Historical Society', you can read an extensive history of the company & of the pictures they distributed here & here. It would seem that with every one-ounce tin of the salve that was sold, a 9×11-inch (some larger), four-colour print was given to the customer - all for twenty-five cents. A long list of prints that the company so distributed can be accessed here - 202 of them - but this work is not included in the list. It would seem likely, Kat, that your relative's memory is incorrect - since the paintings that were so distributed by Wilson were especially commissioned, could not be purchased elsewhere & were produced by the company in its own print shop. Were 'Shepherd's Call' to have been so distributed, it would seem to have been contrary to those policies. While Wilson is now long gone, the product, made using the original formula, can still today be purchased, now distributed by Medtech Laboratories Inc. of Cody, Wyoming. The incomplete address in your text above, were the label complete, would likely read '104 S. 4th Street'.

38) Referring to the painting 'L'échir' on page 12, I understand that the meaning of 'l’echir' could be a problem, even here in France!
L’échir, which should have been written 'l’écir', but pronounced indeed 'échir', is an old Occitan word, It is the name of the cold wind from the NE which covers with snow the mountains of Auvergne.
This is exactly what the painting represents: a strong blow of cold wind with abundant and penetrating snow (brrr). This word is used (seldomly) locally, mainly for traditional crafts. Google for 'ecir' returns mainly names of typical restaurants or producers of sheep cheese in Auvergne!
Since the word 'échir' is so much appropriate to the work of August Schenck, it had to be clarified.
F. Meunier, France, Jul. 24, 2012 fmmeunier@free.fr
Webmaster's Comment. Thank you so much, M. Meunier, for your important words of clarification!

37) Today I bought this framed print at a garage sale for $2, along with a lot of other 1930s items like depression glass and pottery. The family was cleaning out their grandfather's house.
I remember the picture from somewhere as a child and thought perhaps it was from the Lad-a-dog books. Anyway, after reading through your site, the back of my framed print matches this entry on your site:

To add further information (or further confuse!) an e-Bay item in Jul. 2006 offered the print by a vendor who said he had had it since he was a small child and was then pushing 70. His print, which he indicates is 13 x 17 inches (Webmaster: presumably a 12 x 16 actual print) has on its back 'Radio Picture Frame Co., Brooklyn, NY.' & two sets of numbers above the print name & framemaker. They are R41448 and 3503/1. Could those be Reliance numbers?

My print has the same numbers on the back, but the frame is not marked. I'm glad to have found your page and learn more about the lovely picture. Thank you.
Jennifer Clary, U.S.A. I presume, May 12, 2012 jennifer.clary@gmail.com
Webmaster's Comment. You are most fortunate, Jennifer. I have been searching for a print of the work here in Canada for many years, but have had no luck at all. Jennifer is referring, of course, to 'Found', covered on this site page.

36) Thank you for an valuable website about an interesting painter who appears to have fallen out of fashion. I live in Melbourne and have often viewed 'Anguish' in the permanent collection, but for which there is very little biographical information available. I feel very well informed now!
The link you provide to Zola's comments on Schenck no longer exists. Do you have the book actual reference?
George Kruger, Melbourne, Australia, May 5, 2012 stellar@optusnet.com.au
Webmaster's Comment. George is referring to the text that George cleverly found on site here. While 'Anguish', the magnificent Schenk work to which George refers, is covered here - I wish that I had a larger & better quality image of Schenck's 'Anguish' to do it better justice.
I am glad that George has commented about a bad link - there have been few such comments over the years, though there are, I am sure, many bad links. I maintain a great many websites, & checking links is a job which tends to be put off for another day. So advice such as George's is most welcome. Anyway, George, the source of the text is still available today, though the link was wrong & has now been fixed. I trust that you will be able to locate there the information that you seek.

35) Thank you for your research. I remember the picture found as a little girl. It scared me always. Until recently, when I saw the print in an antique store (I will own it someday). Anyways, I bought an old lithograph at a church rummage sale. The old old man said it was a lithograph, what ever that means. I have been having all my art reframed thanks to a great sale at Michaels. I rummaged through a box and found this picture. It always troubled me as well, because I didn't understand it. I just looked it up on your site and it is "Lost". Now I see the shepherd hanging on the cross and that the dogs are helping, just like in "Found". WOW I can't tell you how perspective changing this has been for me. Thank you. Sincerely, Kate
Kate, Apl. 26, 2012 intrikate@gmail.com
Webmaster's Comment. Kate is referring to 'Lost' covered on this site page. I am so glad, Kate, that the data was helpful to you.
I, too, was unaware of exactly what a 'lithograph' is or was - & it appears not to be an easy process to describe. It has, however, been around for a very long time, having been invented back in 1796. What follows may need correction! The term originates from the word 'lithos', a Greek word meaning stone. The process involves printing from a specially prepared stone or metal plate, drawing or etching the image into the plate's wax or oily surface. A coloured lithograph will require multiple surfaces, one for each colour. The process was successful because it did not require an image to be 'etched' into metal plates or 'carved' into blocks of wood etc. both of which were time-consuming processes. Today, the techniques have advanced, & aluminium plates & polymer coatings are used. Wikipedia has a comprehensive page on the subject, here - but beware! The subject is complex & the page is not particularly easy to understand - or at least it wasn't for the webmaster.

34) I too have 5X7 unnamed pictures from the Radio Picture Frame Co. with catalogue numbers on the back. They are not in expensive frames at all and are snow-capped mountains with a lake/river and one has a cabin and an Indian teepee. Wish I knew more about this.
Chloe Boyd, Apl. 23, 2012 mignosas@aol.com
Webmaster's Comment. I well appreciate your difficulty, Chloe. All that I can suggest to to follow e-Bay for a while - maybe with 'Radio Picture Frame' & the GP numbers as search terms, & just maybe you may find out more about the pictures, including their names.

33) Found this great pic of Shepherd Call in grandmothers things. Just would like to know when it was printed and value. It has the green tint, old silver frame GP1372, Radio Picture Frame Co. Grandfather was an early Basque settler and wonder the date connection.
Janie Guhr, Mar. 20, 2012 janie6213@gmail.com
Webmaster's Comment. I can well imagine that your grandfather, from Basque country, would find the work to have great appeal. The work is covered on site here, & there are specific references to prints of that exact number. The earliest such reference seems to date to 1934, though they were clearly published, in very large quantities, for a great many years - into the 1970s. I have no particular expertise to offer you, Janie, as to its value. I would suggest that you search e-Bay for a while - after a month or so you will have a far better idea as to its value that I can offer. If the frame is really of silver, rather than silver in colour, the frame itself would have value today. But beware! There are modern reproductions which I am told are truly awful and are really not even worth the paper upon which they are printed. But, as I have answered earlier re a similar question, values for such prints in large part relate to a print's condition, to its framing & to the depth & integrity of its colours. A very broad value range might be from $20 to $70 depending upon market conditions & the factors indicated.

32) The original of Le Rappel, Souvenir de l'Auvergne is hanging in the Town Hall of Glückstadt, where Schenck was born. His widow donated it to the city after his death probably in 1902. Does anybody know where Lost on The Mountain is to be found? Regards, Tania
Tania Schlie, Germany, Mar. 2, 2012 t.schlie@t-online.de
Webmaster's Comment. I am so glad to receive your message, Tania. Glückstadt is a most appropriate place for a 'Schenck' work to be, most certainly. 'Le Rappel, Souvenir de l'Auvergne' can be seen on this page which I have now modified to record this new information. Let us hope that a site visitor sees your enquiry about 'Lost on the Mountain' which can be seen here. And advises us where the original is today located. The webmaster certainly is not aware of its present location. Beautiful works, both of them.

31) My grandmother had this print on her wall when I was a kid back in the 1950's and 1960's. It is the 8 X 10 with the GP1372 printed in the corner, it has the green tint also. I always wondered what the name of it was and it's history. I have it put up as a memory and not on display in my house now. Thanks for all the research and info you provided.
Carrie F. Moore, Feb. 6, 2012 carriemoore@mindspring.com
Webmaster's Comment. Carrie is referring, of course to 'Found', which is featured on this site page. The print clearly is of a special significance in the 'Carrie Moore' household. 

30) Thank You for information. I have print G.P. 1127 Litho in U.S.A. size 26 cm x 21 cm.
Lisa, Finland, Jan. 7, 2012 No e-mail address provided.

29) I have two prints of the famous old print of the collie and lamb titled FOUND. A lithograph size approx 18x15, unframed and the other lithograph is approx 9x12 unframed. The larger one shows the sky background more of a greenish tint and the smaller one more like a grey sky. Neither are signed by the artist but is to believed to be Walter Hunt.
Being a collie historian, I can say the collie depicted on this painting is definitely dated from the late 1800's when the breed was still a farm herding dog. Notice the roundness of skull and shorter muzzle.
My good friend in Massachusetts, a craft expert in cutting wood puzzles, had cut the larger lithograph of "Found" into a beautiful old fashioned wood puzzle and other famous dog prints i.e. Charles Burton Barber, Royal Academy England. No doubt, this painting has been a favorite for at least a century. It is nice to see the renewed interest.
Kathy, Dec. 14, 2011 kathpete@verizon.net
Webmaster's Comment. Thank you for your message, Kathy, most particularly for your words about the work's dating based upon the shape of the collie dog. Those words are interesting, indeed. There is a lot of interest in this work of timeless appeal. To be honest about it, the webmaster has often regretted the inclusion of 'Found' in the site many years ago. Why? I too am convinced that the work is not by Schenck, the subject of the website. And secondly, the lion's share of guest book & e-mail messages over the years have not related to Schenck's beautiful art, but rather relate to this single & 'unrelated' print.

28) My husband inherited an original Schenck oil painting from his parents and it has been in the family for a very long time. We would like to find out as much information about it.....any help would be appreciated. Its beautiful with an extravagant gold frame in superb condition. We think its been wrapped and stored away for at least the last 20 years or so. I would be happy to send pictures to anyone that wants them. Thank you!
Sue, Dec. 11, 2011 msmoondancer@comcast.net
Webmaster's Comment. Thank you for your message, Sue. It is not often that word comes of a new 'Schenck' work. I would be most happy to receive images, & feature the work on site.

27) Are you sure Catharine Lolliard died at age 14? I don't totally trust Wikipedia - but they show her living to age 49.
MMG, Aug. 24, 2011
Webmaster's Comment. Thank you, MMG, for commenting. So far as I can see, at many credible websites & not only at 'Wikipedia', the dates of birth & death of Catharine Lorillard Wolfe are listed as being Mar. 08, 1828 & Apl. 04, 1887. Which would seem to have made her just over 59 years of age when she passed on, if my mathematics is correct. I have fixed the page, re 'Lost: Souvenir of Auvergne', accordingly.

26) I have a litho of the Walter Hunt; 'Rescue of a Lost Friend' that I recently purchased from the estate of Don Edwards, in Prineville, Oregon. It is printed GP2346 litho in USA and measures 21 3/4 X 28 inches. It is the one with the 'greener colored background.' I absolutely love it and I am going to gift it to my aunt who was injured in the same manner as Don Edwards was prior to his death in October of 2010. I cherish this print and hope we can restore it, or have it restored, as it has warped from the bad treatment it received prior to our ownership. But I won't be throwing it out!!! Any restoration ideas out there? please send e-mail. Thanks.
C. Oatman, Aug. 14, 2011 archs6874@aol.com
Webmaster's Comment. I am so glad to see how pleased you are with your print, which is of good size indeed. Strangely, though I have searched for a print in Ontario, Canada, for many years, I have never found one & have never therefore seen an actual print. The work is covered on site here. The webmaster is not an artist & has no knowledge of how you go about restoring such a print. There are however, I am sure, restorers in your state that will do a fine job for you. Hopefully a site visitor might be in touch with you with a recommendation.

25) Need a little help with a recent garage sale purchase. It's a litho of "Shepherd's Call" with the following details: lower left corner C GL Co; lower right corner GP 1248 Litho in USA; size 12' x 16"; across the bottom is printed "The son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. Luke 19:10". Any idea how old it is and whether it is rare? Appreciate you assistance!
Sharon Lukachek, Jul. 1, 2011 salnature@msn.com
Webmaster's Comment. The print is certainly not rare, Sharon, mainly because it has a timeless appeal & so many people simply love it. As a result, I am sure, prints are often never thrown out or sold but rather are passed on within a family. You were fortunate to find it at a garage sale. The work is covered on site here. The prints were distributed in large quantities & in many sizes by 'Giant Photos', to school children, for many decades up until the 1960s.

24) Thank you so much for putting together this website! My grandparents had a very old framed painting on their wall and I believe my great grandparents had it on their wall prior to that. I never knew what it was till I started doing an internet search that led me to your site. It is the "Lost" image and I believe that it was cut from a calendar. Anyway, I absolutely love the painting and Schenk's style and I am very pleased to have more information on the painting and the artist. Thank you!
Adam, Apl. 14, 2011 devo_211@hotmail.com
Webmaster's Comment. So glad to hear that the site has been of service to you, Adam. The work is of a lasting visual appeal. The original is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, though, as this page is updated in Nov. 2011, I read that the painting is not on public display.

23) I have the original painting of 'Found' - I inherited it from my grandmother who was given to it from her father. She, my grandmother, told me that its twin - 'Lost' - hung in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. I had the painting cleaned and re varnished a few years ago. I have never had it appraised but long to know its value. I was a bit surprised by a website which valued 'Lost' at just a few thousand dollars. Surely the originals must be worth more than that? It is such a beautiful painting.
Caitlin M., Apl. 10, 2011 caitlindavmav@hotmail.com
Webmaster's Comment. 'Lost' indeed was & is held in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, though it is not, I read, now on public display. 'Found' is quite another matter - a work of debate as to which artist actually painted it. Nobody seems to definitively know the answer to that question, it would appear. Does you work bear a signature and a date, I wonder? If you do have the original painting, I too am astonished at such a low value estimate.  I should tell you, however, Caitlin, that the work has been of such a great appeal over the years that many artists created their own version of the painting, likely copied from a readily available published print of the work. There is nothing wrong with that, of course. But I wonder whether the website that you reference was talking of such a copy.

22) I have a picture of 2 monks eating spaghetti out of a copper pot. I can't read the artist's name very well... any info anyone has on this would be greatly appreciated... thank you
Holli, Mar. 20, 2011 hadagain@hotmail.com
Webmaster's Comment. 'Do you indeed! I presume that this message is the result of my reply to an earlier guest book entry that you can read lower on this page, here. I can now show you the work that I saw as a child, a small version of it at least, in an image from a source today unknown. In the middle of the top row in the image you can see here.
An e-mail message received by the webmaster in late Jan. 2013 asked about a picture (not provided) of 2 monks eating from a copper pot. As a result of which we have progress! I was able to find this page by Jane Alexiadis of Michaan's Auctions, of Alameda, California. With an image of the print that the webmaster well remembers. Which, it would seem, is by the Italian artist Alessandro Sani (1870-1950). The work may have been called 'The Tasting' or maybe 'Macaroni'. My memory seems to recall the name of 'Macaroni'. In case that page vanishes, the image of the work is here.

21) My mom had the 'Found' picture hanging in our house during my childhood. It was about 8x10. I don't know where she originally got it from, but it was always one of my favorite pictures. If I squinted just right, I could "see" the shepherds off in the distance coming to rescue the lamb. If anyone is currently reproducing this litho / print, I have not been able to locate a source. But, I would dearly love to have a print of the picture.
Carey, Mar. 5, 2011
Webmaster's Comment. I am not aware of anybody reproducing the print in quality today. However the print is offered fairly frequently on e-Bay. Though you need to beware of the modern cheap imitations which are available & are, I am told, of incredibly poor quality. I would suggest that you watch e-Bay for a while & learn about current values. To avoid the disappointment that you otherwise might experience.

20) I found an old Litho of "Found" It is one of the 28" X 22", it has G.P 2346 Litho in USA L, CO. Does anyone know if its worth anything and if so how much? I appreciate any input.
tscrisp720, Feb. 4, 2011 tscrisp720@msn.com
Webmaster's Comment. I have always hesitated to suggest values for such prints since values in large part relate to a print's condition, its framing & the depth & integrity of its colours. You should not also that thousands of copies of the prints were distributed to schoolchildren over many decades. And, since the print still has great appeal, those prints just seem never to be thrown out. Your print is, however, of an excellent size - fewer of the larger sized prints were sold because they cost rather more at the time. A very broad value range might be from $20 to $70 depending upon market conditions & the factors already indicated.

19) I have a print of LOST #5 10 by 14 signed. whats it worth?
Ron Hinchliffe, Feb. 3, 2011 randlhinchliffe@yahoo.com
Webmaster's Comment. As I write this reply, a 14 x 10 1/2 inch print is available on e-Bay. It looks like the one published in 'Pictorial Review' in Mar. 1924, illustrated on this page. Published with a reference to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Offered at U.S. $7.50. No bids yet and a couple of days to go. I would suggest, Ron, that you watch e-Bay for a while to get a feel for current values.

18) Was directed to your website while searching for information on framed print of Lone Wolf with the Radio Picture Frame Co Brooklyn NY on the back with some other numbers. Just trying to gather info on this print that I buy anywhere I find it. Can you help direct me?
Rita, Jan. 11, 2011 lonepines@gmail.com
Webmaster's Comment. Rita, I have no knowledge to offer you about this print, which my own site indicates was a most popular print indeed. In the 1920s, I think. Suggest that you following e-Bay for a while. As I update this page a number of copies are available there.

17) I am more interested in the G.P. #s I have 4 pictures from the Radio Picture frame co 104 So. 4th st brooklyn, 2 had the NRA CODE STAMP from the depression era, I think the #s on back of Pictures may be a catalog # from the picture frame co., as to the GP #s that is what I was hope that you had more info from "Ron" about a catalog & where eh got the one he had, maybe someone in the business he knows might find one. Thanks
Jim J. Chamberlain, Jan. 7, 2011 COLOJIMMYJC@yahoo.com
Webmaster's Comment. Jim, it was many years ago now that Ron Buol kindly provided the data about the G.P. print numbers, available here. Interesting data that has been of interest to a great many site visitors over the years. Maybe one day a 'Giant Photos' catalog will emerge - if it does I will be most happy to include some of its content in these pages. If Ron Buol is still around, & knows of such a catalog, I am sure that he will be further in touch.

16) I have a picture restored in original frame of "Found" except mine has a border around the picture....you can tell it is really old and the frame has a wood backing instead of cardboard. I received it from my Grandmother after my Grandfather passed away. I am trying to find out more about it. I have seen the pictures online but none have the border that mine has.
Leslie Boles, Nov. 18, 2010 aorphane@hotmail.com
Webmaster's Comment. Your picture sounds like a real 'old-timer' indeed, Leslie. Hopefully, in the meantime, a site visitor has come to your assistance. I wonder how wide your 'print border' is? There is a brief reference on site to a 'Giant Photos' print having a very narrow, 1/8", border. But your print seems likely to be much much earlier.

15) I do hope I am following the correct path here. I received your response regarding my portrait painting by A. Schenck (Schenk). As I jumped back and forth on your site I came across the data relating to Ville D'Ecouen and I must say that the photo on the postcard bears a strong resemblance to the gentleman in my painting. Question: Is this the photo of Édouard Frère or Mr. Chialiva. I got a little confused on this page. I can't thank you enough, Frances
Frances Felix, Sonoma, California, U.S.A., Oct. 2, 2010, hometownco@bendbroadband.com
Webmaster's Comment. It is I that should apologise to you, Frances, if my pages have created confusion. The image at the bottom of the Ville D'Ecouen page, i.e. this one, is indeed of Édouard Frère. As is demonstrated by this image ex a long-expired e-Bay item. I must agree that 'Frère' looks rather like the bearded & seated artist in the Chialiva studio, but Chialiva also had a beard, as you can see via two links on the page. I think that at that point in time, in fact, most men had beards, didn't they? I will write to you directly, later on today, after the dog has had his walk!

14) I have a portrait painting of a distinguished gentlemen signed A Schenk and dated 1886. The letter A is conjoined with the initial S in Schenk's surname. I noticed in Davenport's list of artists, under the name Schenck, there are two spellings of August Friedrich Albrecht Schenck - the name Schenk in parenthesis. A. F. A. Schenck is known for his sheep, shepherd, and animal paintings, but there is only one brief mention that he was also a portrait painter. Among his subjects were August Belmont, T. A. Scott, W. P. Wllstach, and John G. Johnson. The subject depicted in my painting appears to be August Belmont Jr. Any information would be greatly appreciated. I can also provide photographs if necessary.
Frances Felix, Sonoma, California, U.S.A., Oct. 2, 2010, archs6874@aol.com
Webmaster's Comment. Thank you so much, Frances. I am unable to help you any, but you have surely expanded my knowledge about 'Schenck'. Never before have I known of any reference to his painting portraits, such as those that you indicate. I would welcome photographs of the work, & whatever information you have about August Belmont &, I presume, his son of the same name.

13) Would you be interested to align two more works from Schenck to your list (page 05), signed in 1866 and 1867? (Sold / bought in Paris before 1870). I could give you the pictures by e-mail-attachment - and would like your comment.
Dr. Heinrich Hoffschulte, Germany, Aug. 30, 2010, dr.hoffschulte@t-online.de
Webmaster's Comment. Thank you so much, Dr. Hoffschulte, for your most kind invitation. I would be delighted to add two more works to my list on page 05. And have e-mailed you accordingly.

12) Was pleased to find information on my print "LOST" by A. F. A. Schenck.
Ramona Leonard, Aug. 27, 2010, rjleonard4@charter.net
Webmaster's Comment. Am glad, Ramona, that your found information on site that was useful to you. About 'Lost' covered on this page.

11) My 94 year old mother past away in March 2010, I received this print from her. On the back it has the message and that it was painted by W. Hunt. also a note was on it where a lady Sunday school teacher had given it to someone by the name of Emily in her class. I believe it is dated 1944. I'll check tomorrow as it is at my office. It is in good condition and has the # 7125 on it. It says it is a lithograph. What is it worth? Although I don't want to sell it, since it came from my mother.
ANN O, Aug. 1, 2010, anniepan@logantele.com
Webmaster's Comment. Annie, while you do not indicate the title of your print, I presume that you must mean 'Found' or 'Shepherd's Call' which work is listed on this page. I do not, however, recall any references in the past to a print that bears the number 7125. With that number, it seems not to be a 'Goes Litho', etc. G.P. numbered print, nor a 'Reliance' print. It would be good if you were to confirm exactly what your print says, since that number may well be significant & the item may be rarer therefore. Value? The answer is likely not very much, probably in the range of $15 to $60, depending on such factors as size, intensity of colour & condition, since the print was i) most popular & ii) was distributed in simply vast numbers. And it seems rarely to ever be thrown away! The print still has great appeal all these years later & is often passed on within a family. What I would suggest that you do is follow e-Bay for a while & see what becomes available. It would probably not be a valuable enough print to interest a major art dealer, I suspect.

10) I have a picture called LOST by A. F. A. Schenck. What's it worth?
Janie Martin, Jul. 16, 2010, janiemartin48@yahoo.com
Webmaster's Comment. Janie, your question is similar to that ancient question - 'how long is a piece of string'. There is no answer of course - it depends. Upon many factors. Re your picture its  size, condition, intensity of the colours, & exactly what it is that you have. The word 'picture' can cover a multitude of possibilities. But .. you cannot have the original because it has been in The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York since 1887. So it must be a reproduction, probably a print. There were a lot of prints & they were widely published & distributed. So it will not be rare. Can I suggest that you follow e-Bay for a while, see what comes up that is similar to what you have, note what it sells for & build up over time your own body of knowledge. 'Lost' is covered on site here.

9) FINALLY, someone with knowledge I was looking for. I became somewhat excited reading about, 'Found', or 'Shepherd's Call', but my real excitement came when I saw the sizing. I own one of those hard to find prints, 28 by 22, trust me, they are even harder to research. LOL, Please, if you have more info, I sure would like an update on dates and value. LY
Kathy Campbell, Jun. 27, 2010, transtxtomi@hotmail.com
Webmaster's Comment. Kathy, your words are most kind. But I am not an expert, & make no claim to be one. I am rather a 'pack-rat' who maintains this website & adds to it, from time to time, any new & interesting data that comes to my attention. Value? I am not in the art world or antiques world - though I have been known to prowl garage & estate sales. Can I suggest that you follow e-Bay for a while & see what comes up & what it sells for. 'Value' is more than just money. If the print brings you pleasure, as from your words it surely does, the print to you is 'priceless' & monetary value is secondary. The page which covers the print is here.

8) I am looking for a picture my grandmother hung in her living room probably in the 1950s, maybe even earlier. It was a vertical print. I am thinking she probably bought it at Woolworth's or some similar dime store. It was of a clump of birch trees with a path? leading downward in a curved manner to a meadow, grassy area. I remember it had a lot of greens and yellows in it, so it may have been between summer and fall. I really liked it, but do not know who the artist was, or when it would possibly have been printed. It had the markings of a well crafted painting. Could you offer me any clues as to artist, title, or how I could track it down.
Annie James, Apl. 28, 2010, kitchencook001@yahoo.com
Webmaster's Comment. Annie, if I come across such a print, I will alert you. I have a similar problem, re a print that used to hang in my grandmother's home - a large print of two monks, in brown robes, eating spaghetti out of a gleaming giant copper saucepan. From time to time, I have searched e-Bay to see if I could spot it. But without success. Maybe, one day, we will both find our lost prints again. E-Bay is probably your best place to try to find it. An update in late Jan 2013 - see the bottom text at this guestbook entry.

7) Hi, I have a 9x12 print of Shepherd's Call. It has C LO ? bottom left and GP 1372 LITHO IN USA bottom right. I've had it for about 20 years and this is the first time I've researched for any info on it. It looks very old but is in good condition, other than some wear on the edges. Is there any way of telling how old this is? I assume they are quite common and therefore not all that valuable. Nice looking print though. Thanks, John
John Merwath, Apl. 4, 2010, wartz70@email.com
Webmaster's Comment. John, you sum up the situation very well. The print was printed in truly vast numbers so it is by no means rare. Dates from the 1930s most likely. Monetary value & the pleasure a print brings to its owner are entirely different things. So to me it is valuable though perhaps not in monetary terms. The page which covers the print is here.

6) I have a print of Found or Shepherds Call that has G.P. 2346 on the front. I haven't removed it from the frame, it has a little bit of damage, but in fair shape. I just don't know much about it. I am glad to find this site. Any information is welcomed. Thank you. Andrea Partain
Andrea Partain, Mar. 28, 2010, partains1@att.net
Webmaster's Comment. Thanks, Andrea, for your message. Clearly a 'Giant Photos' print and a large one indeed - 22 x 28 inches in size - & because of that large size it would be comparatively rare. All as set out about 60% down this page. As I have said to others, the print is still of great appeal & indeed is quite timeless. By all means keep it safe for future generations to enjoy.

5) Hi, I found your site while looking for information about 'Shepherd's Call". I have a print that I bought at a garage sale several years ago. It is very old and not in the best condition, but that was kind of what I liked about it. The print on the back says:- R38306 3970/1 / Shepherd's Call / Radio Picture Frame Co., Inc. / 1540 Covert Street, Brooklyn, NY
What made me start looking was that it recently fell off the wall, and I need to repair the frame. Nothing broken, just coming apart. And the backing which has the information is actually what appears to be an old movie window card. I can't make out which movie yet, but it appears to be staring Frances Drake. Any info or advice you can send my way would be greatly appreciated, and I would be happy to provide pictures. Thanks, Saundra
Saundra, Mar. 13, 2010, sgrigs@mac.com
Webmaster's Comment. Glad to receive your message, Saundra. The print would seem to be a 'Reliance' print. Reliance, I learned, was a picture framing company, which purchased prints wholesale in various sizes & framed them. The framed products were sold to the public in stores like F. W. Woolworth, Ben Franklin, Kress, 5 and 10 cent stores etc. They were inexpensive framed pictures for the masses. All as set out near the bottom on this page. Saundra, the work is of as great appeal today as it was when first published. It surely merits being simply framed & retained for future generations of your family.

4) I found a print, sheep in a storm by Albrecht Schenck at a flea market for $2.00 and fell in love with it. Thanks for your informed web site. I am also an animal lover.
Venice Guill Rocchi, Dec. 30, 2009, venice@gamewood.net
Webmaster's Comment. So glad to hear that, Venice. I have never been so fortunate, but I will continue to search. While I am not sure whether your print is shown on site, it most probably is. Identifying a specific Schenck work by its title is very difficult - since most of them show sheep & so many of them depict storms also.

3) I have a New York tribune reprint of Lost: Souvenir of Auvergne in a wooden frame under glass.
Jeff, Boca Raton, Florida, Sep. 20, 2009, Stillmudnjeff@aol.com
Webmaster's Comment. I do hope that you will continue to enjoy it. The work has great appeal to many people, today, so many years after it was painted.

2) Well, half of my message got cut off? Thanks for your input on The Shepherds call.
Krista, Jefferson City, Missouri, U.S.A., Sep. 9, 2009.
Webmaster's Comment. This brand new guestbook permits long messages to be posted. So hopefully any future messages from Krista will not be cut off.

1) I just bought a 12x15 framed print of the shepherds call found etc. at an antique mall. Mine is the less modern/softer looking version. It looks very old and was very excited to find your site and learn more about this painting. I go to this stor ....
Krista, Jefferson City, Missouri, U.S.A., Sep. 9, 2009.