George Henry Hall American Artist 1825-1913. He studied art in Dusseldorf and Paris and he worked and lived in New York City, the Catskills of New York and in Europe. His works are in museum collections in the United States and Europe including The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smithsonian American Art Collection in Washington DC. Hall opened a studio in New York City in 1852. Hall's paintings, inspired by the British Pre-Raphaelite movement, often depicted still life's, scenes from the Mediterranean countries or everyday life. The Smithsonian deems him to be one of the most well-respected still-life painters in America, whose work was popular throughout his lifetime. Mid 19th century still life paintings became popular, and several artists created opulent botanical arrangements in which the beauty and succulence of each flower or fruit replaced the earlier emphasis on compositional structure. This painting worthy of the finest museum collection. This painting completed in 1877 is his largest and most important painting. It was painted during the late 1870's a time when there was a minor depression in the U.S. The theme of the cherubs symbolizing love and the fruits symbolizing prosperity was a very attractive subject Love and Prosperity for art collectors in the U.S. and Europe. This painting was from the collection of Antique and American Paintings collector and dealer George Haller 1919-2015 who owned this painting until his death at age 95. He was considered a leading expert and authority on American art during the 1960's. I can see why he would never have sold it. I sent my sister a picture of this painting who uses it as a screen saver on her phone. She is a very talented artist who told me it made her feel good looking at it. This oil on canvas painting measures 36 by 56. With the original superb museum quality Victorian frame it measures 51 by 69. The artist is a well listed American artist with auction records of more than $160,000. The painting is much better looking in real life than the pictures show it. If I had the wall space to hang it I would keep it for myself to enjoy every day. It makes me feel good also whenever I see it. This is the ultimate cherubs antique painting painted by a very important American artist. It is signed and dated in the lower right. The painting has been professionally conserved by Aleksei Tivetsky California's most expert and experienced painting conservator who has worked for museums, auction houses and advanced collectors. He professsionally cleaned the painting touched up the frame, adjusted the stretcher board and added two heavy duty metal pieces on either side of the stretcher board and advised to use two screws set in the wall studs and hang the painting from them. The painting is perfect all you need is the space to display it and enjoy it.