Thank you for responding to my inquiry so quickly!I have enjoyed this painting for 25 years and have always wondered if I could find out more about S.R. Chaffee.Yesterday was the day and isn't the internet wonderful!
The information from the Chaffee Genealogy describes my painting perfectly.It is a quite scene in the country with a cluster of trees and a small pond bearing their reflection.What captured my attention immediately were the colors and how well the painting was executed.I had taken a water color course the summer before and realized how difficult it is to do.Everything turned out looking like a mud puddle.I realized that the painter of this picture obviously knew what he/she was doing and had great talent.
Although the painting was marked on the back 1888, I wasn't sure of it's exact age.Anyone can write anything on the back side of a painting.But it was framed in a very large gilted plaster frame with faded matting.The frame was in pretty bad shape and I got rid of it, but could tell that it probably was at least 75-100 years old.So I thought the date might be accurate.
I would appreciate it if you have any suggestions of ways to find out more about S.R. Chaffee and any other works he has done ...and again, thank you for the information.