Trash or Treasure?

Trash or Treasure?


Col—Waterman—11.6.13Local pianist’s fifty year old performance immortalized by renowned artist

Q. I have an original cartoon done by Paule Loring, who did work for the Providence Journal among other papers. The cartoon depicts my father, Al Hart, playing the piano for a PTA production of, “It’s So Peaceful In the Country,” in Little Compton. It seems the original accompanist went missing a few days before the show opened so they called in my father to the rescue. And he started to play the wrong song. Then the music had to stop! (which is also the title of the cartoon).

I would like to know what the original drawing is worth. The article from the paper describing the story is pasted onto the back of the frame and my mother wrote in the date of May 9, 1963.

A. Paule Stetson Loring (1899-1968) was an internationally known artist
known for his caricatures and watercolor seascapes. His career began as a
World War II correspondent which led to a long career as a political
cartoonist for the Providence Journal-Bulletin. His work became well
known and his cartoons were in many newspapers and magazines around
the country. He retired to Wickford, Rhode Island in 1963 where he built a
sailboat and gave art lessons in his studio called “Loring’s Sea Shanty.” A
large collection of his work was donated to the University of Rhode
Island Library by his widow.

His cartoons generally sell in the $125 range at auction. The politically
controversial cartoons depicting subjects like Hitler appeal to a larger

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