In May of 2005, my husband and myself were on a holiday road trip in Washington State. We stopped in at Yesterday’s Village in Yakima (eastern Washington) and spend some pleasant time looking through the antiques. I found a small (3″x5″), framed painting of an Arabian mare and her foal, which I bought for a most reasonable price.
The title is “Carbon Copy” and it’s an original oil by Ann Hatchett Sprague, who unfortunately passed away in 1999 (hope I have that date right). It is an exquisitely detailed miniature. Apparently Ann prepared her board by using six coats of gesso, each left to dry and then sanded mirror smooth. There is so much detail in this tiny painting – it is a real treasure.
I’ve been trying to find some information about this equine artist on the web, but there doesn’t seem to be much out there. I gather she was a highly respected Arabian horse painter.