UPDATE: July 21, 2009. Found this painting listed on eBay with the following writeup:
“I don’t really know very much about this print at all. I purchased it approx. 11 yrs. ago at an estate auction in Maine. It is unsigned and I have tried researching it via ebay, google, and other sites and cannot find anything on it. My daughter is still searching. It measures 16.5″ x 9.5” framed. The frame appears to be period and is oak. My husband thinks it is tiger oak due to the dark markings on the wood, but not sure. Frame does have a few nicks and has a nice beading around the inner edges. It is as we purchased it with no paper backing. We opened it to take as many pics. as possible for you to view. The print has a water stain on the right side and is somewhat wavy as shown in pic. Also, on the very bottom center, there is what appears to be a crack. It does not go thru to the back. We believe it to be from the 1900’s as the paper lining the inside is dated 1903. Glass covered and glass is in very good cond. It is serene and depicts a young girl which looks to be sleeping in the boat. If you know any info on this, I would appreciate hearing about it. Buyer to pay shipping and I have estimated it a little higher weight, to be wrapped carefully. If the actual postage is less than anticipated, I always refund via paypal. If it is more, I cover the cost. Thank you.
NOTE: Thanks to a fellow Ebayer in giving me the title to this print, I was able to find a little info. on it. Appears there is a question as to who the orig. painter was. One is Swedish artist Herman Alfred Leonard Wahlberg and the other is FR Janseen. I read that Lizzie Borden actually owed the Wahlberg one. Info is located on the following site, if you care to read on it: https://phayemuss.wordpress.com/2009/06/25/alone-painting/”
And here is the original “Alone Painting – Part 2” post:
I previously wrote about this painting once owned by Lizzie Borden HERE.
As I understand it, this ‘”Alone” painting was very popular – much like Walter Keene’s “big eye” paintings of children that have been copied over and over. So i think the Alone painting was made into prints and even subsequent artists copied it. If you have the original artists original – it could be worth a fortune.
Jim and Ronda D. have sent me images of their “Alone” painting – an original signed “FR Janseen”. I’ve searched and found there are so many variations of the spelling for the same people, one of which is Father Arnold Janseen (1837-1909) who was founder of the Society of World Ministries and cannonized by the Pope. But no indications he ever painted. in fact, the signature on that link does not match either one on the two paintings shown here. Nonetheless, they have this “original” and if theirs is the original-original, I imagine it would be worth in the six figures to the Vatican.
On the other, perhaps this “FR Janseen” painted his original from another source.
It is possible the original painter was Peter Janssen (1804-1908) who was praised for his “They All Follow The Star” in this November 10, 1907 newspaper report
One thing for sure – Lizzie did not give away an original of the painting known as “Alone”.