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 James Milton Sessions  (1882 - 1962)

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Lived/Active: Illinois      Known for: outdoor genre, marine, illustration

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Heather Hoffmann

James Sessions
I have two james Sessions water colors. One up close on a sail boat with several men at sea with the number 31 under his name and the other a large and small fishing boat at dock. Does anyone know the posible value? Thanks

janet long

sessions water color
shon posted 6/25/14 seems to have a painting like the one I have but don't think is the original cannot find out anything about itmine has a Q before the number1412


Sessions water color
I received a Sessions water color with two small fishing boats docked at like an old fish house one boat has Sue on the back and the other has P1412 as numbers on the side. I would like to know the best way to determine its value? Thanks Shon

william blake

gold metal lable
I have a framed gold metal lable of fishersman wharf. is $400 a good offer?


James Sessions - A Good Breeze
I have aquired this painting recently and would like further info about it. It has an original label on back stating collective edition, and a written no. 22. Signed by sessions on left hand corner. Looks very old in original frame. Can you tell me value of picture?

Tana Fowler

Sessions watercolor-Strike of a Steelhead
Can anyone tell me about this watercolor? It has 27118 on the back and Strike of a Steelhead / flyfisherman in the rapids?
Tana Fowler


james sessions original
can someone let me know where the original watercolor titled 'driving nome for glorchester' painted in 1931.


Pawtucket Inlet by James Sessions
I found a painting at a estate sale in Carmel by the sea in Ca. call Pawtucket Inlet contemporary american the was frame by The Brain shop in Pasadena Ca. It looks like in the late 60s, its water color on a hard board can you tell me anything about the painting. Thank you Dale


sessions winter scene
I inherited Sessions painting from my Great Aunt. It's a snow scene, 2 horse sleigh, farm at night twilight or early morning, blue mountains in background, signed in blue in lower right corner. Appears to be dry mounted and water color. Not numbered> Can anybody tell me anything about it?

Heidi Galli

sessions oil painting
Dr Mr Sessions ever dabble in oils? I have a small oil on board signed sessions and it looks like the signature I have seen on his watercolors. Thsi has been in my family as long as I can remember and dont know if it has any value? it is framed and approx 7 x 10 inches of a forset and river scene
Thank You for any input


James Milton Sessions Watercolor
We have a watercolor that I love and plan to remat. It is signed Sessions 37 in the lower left corner, slanting up toward the right as I see his signature in pictures online. it is of men fishing in what looks like a Friendship sloop, towing a dingy, with another dingy along side,also fishing, off the coast of a typical maine island with only one small building. The colors are pale gray, pale green, some yellow and a bit of orange. Do you have any information on this? Thanks! Margie

Sheri Storino

"after the catch"
I have had a painting for over 40 years titled "after the catch," and am seeking info about it. I think it is by James Sessions and would love some feed back on it

Carol Sims

Sessions marine water color
I have a Sessions marine watercolor that has a label on the back. The label reads Gloucester. The number is 10272. I hope someone can tell me something about the painting.

Dick Anthony

Sessions watercolors
I have 2 Sessions prints of fishing boats tied up at a dock, one has man pouring water over the side. The other has man walking through sand at the left with dock and boats at the right.They are both 17"x23". The signature is in block lettere rising at an angle from left to right in the lower left corner. were given to me by my Aunt, Thelma Daggit who purchased them in Chicago around early 1930s. I have no idea of their value but I certainly enjoy having them hanging in my study!


James Sessions
Are reprints or reproductions of his paintings worth anything or are there too many of them? How were the reproductions done? The 2 I have I am sure are not originals but they are very good quality, they are 17 x 24. What are water color plates and how are they used? Thanks You

rebecca callahan

I too feel I might have a water color by sessions it also has 3 boats its titled Herring Boats and labeled on the back Palmer House Galleries Chicago Illinois what next? thank- you

Joan Lewis

answers to the questions posted here
Have any of the questions asked here received answers? I have some of the same questions regarding two Sessions watercolors an uncle gave
me 40 years ago. Thanks

Janet ONeal

I recently purchased a watercolor of three boats. The signature is on the bottom right, SESSIONS 37. Could this be a James Milton Sessions painting?

Scott S

Grandparents hired James Sessions
My Grandparents knew James Sessions and hired him to have painting done for their office in exchange for sleeping quarters and money. They personally purchased many paintings, over a dozen, that have never been seen by anyone outside our immediate family. My parents were given a painting by Mr Sessions when they were married 52 years ago. We have 2 paintings. One is a beautiful watercolor of boats that are docked with details of the wharf and buildings that is spectactular!! It is 19" by 13.5" We also have what appears to be a beginning painting of Mr Sessions of a beautiful naked woman standing on the bank of a lake. It is of painted showing the ladies back with beautiful long hair and tree branches hanging down around her. Mr Sessions name is painted on a rock beside her feet and the date is 38 (1938). WE believe it is a extremely rare find because we can just barely see the pencil marks where he has outlined the body of the woman. It is very tastefully painted and she has a beautiful body. This painting was in my grandmother's spare bedroom and I admired it since I was a young boy approximately in 1967. It has been kept out of any direct sunlight and has not faded at all!!! It is is perfect condition. Dimensions are 17" by 13.5" in heigt framed. It is in it's original matted conditon which makes it hard to determine the actual dimensions but his classic signature and date are visibile in the bottom left corner. I aquired this painting when my grandmother passed away. They knew Mr Sessions very well and yes he had a drinking problem although this didn't effect his work whatsoever because it is spectactular! Where can we have these painting appraised? Not only do I have 2 originals but my family members have several more originals never seen outside the family. Please reply with any feedback that you may have. We live 2 hours from Chicago. Grandparents lived in Oakpark, Illinois where my mother grew up and knows much about this artist due to his close relationship with her father. My grandfather was in the advertisement business in Chicago and this lead to the meeting of these 2 men. Any feedback would be appreciated.

Scott S

My Grandparents knew Mr Sessions very well!
I have 2 paintings that are originals that I aquired through my grandparents. They lived in Oakbrook in Chicago, IL and my grandfather was in advertising and hired Mr Sessions for room and board. Mr Sessions painted to pay for the room and board originally and then as time went on my grandparents purchased many of his paintings. Mr Sessions gifted my parents with a painting when they were married 52 years ago. These paintings are in my immediate family and have never been seen outside of the family. There are over a dozen of them in the family never seen before. The 2 that I own are beautiful! One is of a wharf scene with many boats docked with the buildings and scenery and excquisite detail. It is approximately 13.5" by 19". The other painting is much more interesting to me because as a young boy I admired it where it was hung in a spare bedroom in my grandparents house. It was never exposed to direct sunlight and both paintings are in mint condition in the original framing. My favorite and the one that interests me the most appears to be possibly one of his earlier paintings and is of a beautiful woman who is standing naked in a lake, ankle deep, painted from behind and she has very long hair draped over her right shoulder. Her hand is stroking her hair. IT is tastefully done with the outline of one of her breasts showing and all of her backside and her legs. There are tree branches hangings down above her. The rock on the left bottom corner contains the classic signature of Sessions and the year 38 (1938). We believe this to be one of a kind and if you look very closely you can just barely see pencil markings outlining the body of the woman and is Watercolored. Mr Sessions did have a drinking problem at one time but my grandfather recognized his talent and helped him out. The drinking certainly didn't interfere with the beauty of his artwork. The relationship with my grandparents and also my mother and Mr Sessions was very close. Since most of his work was either of seascapes or World War II paintings and sport hunting this makes this painting very special. It is a treasure for sure. If anybody knows how to have this appraised we would appreciate any feedback. We live only 2 hours outside of Chicago and could drive there very easily with the paintings. We would love to share these paintings and stories of Mr Sessions with people who love and appreciate his talent as much as our family does. Any feedback would be appreciated and replied to.

Judith Arnold

James Sessions Watercolor
I have a beautiful watercolor of a boat in a storm at sea. Session painted it in 1931 and it is 17" by 24". Mine is not named and if there is anyone with more detailed info about Mr. Session I would love to hear from you.


Rounding the Horn
I noticed the same name "Rounding the Horn" attributed to James Sessions. Is it common for an artist to have multiple paintings with the same name? I also have a Diego Rivera painting titled "The Flower Vendor" When I did a search on it, a totally different print came up with that name. What gives?


Sessions and drinking
I recently met an artist who noticed the watercolor in my office and told me that he knew Jim Sessions, in Chiacgo, years ago. He said Sessions had traded much of his art work for liquor at local taverns and you would see his works in many Chicago and New York bars. I never have-has anyone? Does the story ring true? Was Jim Sessions an alcoholic?

From: Leonard


Sessions, James Milton
Would appreciate information on watercolor "Winter Day" and how can I tell the difference between original and a high quality reprint on watercolor paper? Thanks


I aquired a 20x24 oil painting of a hunter with a pointer in the woods shooting at grouse. Could you tell me the name of this painting. Or anything about it. Thank You

Mary Ann Wakefield

2 docked fishing boats
I have an original watercolor dated 1927 by Sessions. There are two anchored fishing boats next to a smaller boat with two men tying up to one of the fishing boats. Could you tell me anything about this painting? I understand it was purchased in 1933 in California Thank you.

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