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Notation on back of "Bowl of Zinnias" painting Mignon autograph in "Plantation Memo" 


The notation in pencil -- "Clementine's First oil painting" -- on the back of "Bowl of Zinnias" bears a strong resemblance to Francois Mignon's handwriting and is probably his. Most notable is the stylized curlicue rendition of the initial capital letter "F" and the truncated scrawl of the letters at the end of the word "Clementine's" on back of the painting and the end of the word "Francois" in the autographed copy of "Plantation Memo". The date of the notation is unknown, but it was most probably made by Francois at the time the painting was being readied to go to Saint Louis, Missouri for the Saturday Gallery Exhibition.

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