Discovered in the USA: Peter Brannan - "The Old Mill House"

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Photo:Typed inscription on the back of the painting

Typed inscription on the back of the painting

Oak Park, Illinois

Can You Help Identify this Painting?

By Susan Ryan

Inscription on a paper attached to the back of a painting found in a resale shop in Oak Park, Illinois:"The Old Mill House, Attributed to Peter Brannan.

Brannan is a 20th century English painter who is thought to still be living.  He was born in 1926 and had a distinguished career in art, and was elected to the Society of British Artists.  He is listed in Water's Dictionary which does not state whether he was still living at the time of publication (about five years ago).  The old frame for this painting bore an inscription stating that he was the painter. 23 1/2 x 17.  In a new frame."  The painting is oil on royal board.  

Editor's Note:  Susan Ryan lives in Chicago and is interested in finding out as much as possible about this painting.

Is it definitely by Peter Brannan?

Is there any trace of it being exhibited or sold in the UK?

Where is 'The Old Mill House' depicted in the painting?

How did the painting work its way over to the USA?

If anyone can help, please leave a 'Comment' on this page via the link below



This page was added by Susan Ryan on 12/04/2013.
Comments about this page

Thanks for the pictures Susan! I will alert the curator of our Town Hall Museum, Patty Temple, to this page. She is an expert on Brannan, as the Museum has several of his works, and is holding an exhibition for a month, from 24th April in the Spotlight Gallery, Newark Town Hall. There is also an exhibition of his little-known work with Newark Drama group, designing sets and costumes. Peter taught art and lived in Newark for a good number of years.

By Jill Campbell
On 12/04/2013

Thanks for your assistance Jill! The photos of the painting are shown out of the frame because I am having having the painting cleaned professionally. When I have the painting back in its frame, I will post a new picture. Wish I could see the exhibition. When I saw my painting in the shop I knew it was something special.

By Susan Ryan
On 13/04/2013

Hello Susan

Have you had the picture cleaned yet?  Would be really keen to see it in its natural state. We are pretty sure that this IS a Brannan!

King Regards

By Jill Campbell, NALHS Newark
On 04/09/2014

It could be the 17th century old saw mill house that was located at the end of Longstone Bridge, Mill Lane, Newark. Brennan painted a lot of Newark right? www.francisfrith.com/uk/newark-on-trent/newark-the-old-mill-1906_56503 (that photo by Francis Frith dates from 1906)

Regards, Ashley Irons

By Ashley Irons
On 03/02/2016

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