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Pricey Painting Discovered at Vermont Statehouse

posted at 11:48 am Mon Mar 8th, 2010 by (WherezIt_Staff)

If you wander through the Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier, you'll see many works of art on display, some portraits, some historical scenes.

And one, of a so-called "Quack Doctor" is getting a little more attention because it may be worth a little more than previously thought.

Vermont state curator David Shutz takes pride in the art collection he oversees. The walls of the State House in Montpelier, in particular, hold some of the most impressive pieces, he says, by some of the most impressive Vermont artists- including Thomas Waterman Wood.
This is one of many of Wood's works currently hanging in this building...

Until recently, it was displayed in a committee room- near the door, where many people come and go, and potentially bump and bang.

But after a routine appraisal, it was promptly moved- to a lounge used only by legislators.

The piece - painted in 1882 - was valued at 1.5-million dollars-- a surprise to Joyce Mandeville, Executive Director of the T.W. Wood Gallery and Arts Center, which owns the painting.

Many of wood's paintings are portraits and interpretations of great European works. This one has more 'market' value- as a scene-- a travelling doctor peddling home remedies to a crowd of Vermonters, and skeptical ducks.

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