Authentication and Evaluation of Paintings


Researching signatures

Unfortunately, TFAO has not yet found an online source of artist signatures. There are, however, paper-printed books with signature images. Some of these books include:

Castagno, John, ed. American Artists Signatures and Monograms, 1800­1989. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1990.
Falk, Peter Hastings, ed. Dictionary of Signatures and Monograms of American Artists. Madison, CT.: Sound View Press, 1988.

Note: A name on the back of a canvas may be the name of an owner or another person besides the artist.


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