Help Deciphering Signature Please

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  1. jsnggltt

    jsnggltt Well-Known Member

    Lovely little painting (8" x 11") I'm guessing French countryside with heavy emphasis on guess. Try as I may I can't riddle out the signature. Would love some help seeing what I'm not seeing :watching: Thank you everyone! IMG_0884.jpeg
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  2. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    Looks like an English Norman church to my eye but, of course, could be somewhere else. Likely not France, as the French (and Spanish) alphabets don't include the letter "k"; it only appears in borrowed words. (I know, I know... That doesn't mean the artist...)

    Debora
     
  3. blooey

    blooey Well-Known Member

    Looks English to me too ...could last name be something like Shirif?

    ...:banghead::sour:Maybe Omar Shirif?:bear::D
     
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  4. Jivvy

    Jivvy the research is my favorite

    I see HK Starie.

    Haven't found much, but there's a catalogue of prints and sculptures here: https://docplayer.fr/34722217-Estampes-dessins-tableaux-sculptures.html

    And it includes:

    2 88 Ecole française début XXème. "Paysage lacustre". Aquarelle signée H.K STARIE en bas à 19, 5 x 45 cm.

    which google translate hashes into
    2 88 French school early twentieth. "Lacustrine landscape". Watercolor signed H.K STARIE down to 19, 5 x 45 cm.
     
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  5. jsnggltt

    jsnggltt Well-Known Member

    Thank you Jivvy! sounds promising :)
     
  6. blooey

    blooey Well-Known Member

    good spot @Jivvy
    'lacustrine' is probably more familiar as 'lakeland' or simply 'lake';)
     
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  7. Jivvy

    Jivvy the research is my favorite

    Yes, I even wondered if it was a description of this picture, but the size is off.

    I have looked in a lot of places and I have found precisely Nothing Else.

    I find that often means a mistranscription, but I haven't come up with anything else that gets better results.
     
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  8. blooey

    blooey Well-Known Member

    I agree, odd that there's no other works as the author looks accomplished.
     
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  9. Jivvy

    Jivvy the research is my favorite

  10. Jivvy

    Jivvy the research is my favorite

    I'm not convinced "Stone" is correct, either. :joyful:
     
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  11. Jivvy

    Jivvy the research is my favorite

    "HK Storie" may be the winner.
     
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  12. Jivvy

    Jivvy the research is my favorite

    Many more results with Storie, but no real info.
     
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  13. Jivvy

    Jivvy the research is my favorite

  14. Jivvy

    Jivvy the research is my favorite

    In the 1911 England Census, there is a Horace Kendall Storie with the occupation of "artist".
     
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  15. Jivvy

    Jivvy the research is my favorite

    In the 1939 England and Wales Registry, Horace is listed as "Sign Writer Royal Gun Powder Factory"
     
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  16. Jivvy

    Jivvy the research is my favorite

    Horace Kendall Storie
    birth 10 APR 1879 England
    Death 27 JUL 1953 England

    He married, had three children. Was a merchant seaman out of Louisiana for a bit (US WWI Draft Card, no question that it's the same guy).

    There's more info out there, but not finding much relevant to paintings.
     
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  17. Jivvy

    Jivvy the research is my favorite

    RANDOM: Horace had a dragon tattoo on his left arm and a snake tattoo on his right arm.

    Yeah, I have the documents to prove it. No pictures, though. :joyful:
     
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  18. blooey

    blooey Well-Known Member

    Wow! I'm impressed Jivvy, really right on!
     
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  19. blooey

    blooey Well-Known Member

    @Jivvy
    I'm going to post a painting soon that I've had for years, but never have been able to identify. A Parisian scene, turn of the century-ish PLAINLY signed, really accomplished work ..can make NO sense at all out of the name - maybe you can figure it out?
    Amazing work on the Horace Kendall Storie BTW. Tenacity makes the difference, eh?
    :bookworm::bookworm::bookworm:;)
     
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  20. jsnggltt

    jsnggltt Well-Known Member

    That's some crazy amazing detective work Jivvy! Thanks ;)

    I'll update the thread if I can find out what church is in the painting. Looks like it may be on The Broads.
     
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