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R Brownell McGrew

 (1916 - 1994)
R. Brownell McGrew was active/lived in New Mexico, Arizona, Ohio.  R McGrew is known for Indian genre-portrait, landscape.

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Artist Bulletins for R. Brownell McGrew

34 archived bulletin(s) below.    (Note:  Bulletins are no longer updatable as of 2015.)

Morning Melody by R . mcGrew
Gail (04/27/2015)
His signature is in the right hand corner, could it be an oringnal?

Painting by A Herbe
TERRY DOZIER (11/15/2014)
I have a painting by A Herbe that has "APCO Finest Quality" Chicago. It has written on the back " Evening in Lowland". It also has 3847-24/30. Anyone have any info on it please let me know. Thanks. Terry

Morning Melodies #934
cae (06/18/2012)
I have this painting, which is signed by R. Brownell McGrew. I purchased it at an antique store for $75.00. I too have been wondering how much it is worth. I have another painting similar, with two women, which seem to be from the same era/artist. These two women are in a living space with a blonde ringlet-curled young women playing a banjo-type instrument, sitting in a round-backed chair (Gold and Navy Blue Striped backing). The other women has dark ringlet curls and she is standing to the right of the blonde, beside a round table. Both are smiling, enjoying their time together. These are two of my favorite pieces. I would love to know more about them as well. R. Brownell McGrew was an awesome artist! I am a huge fan of this work!

Morning Melodies
Rae (03/19/2012)
After seeing postings with questions about this piece,I will share info from my research.Brownell Mcgrew was born in 1919 and died in 1994.He had daughters and he painted a series of at least 3 paintings of them in their home.They were painted in the 1950's. I have this print in an ornate gold frame and because I wanted to find the value,I began research to determine a value.I have seen this print in various Antiques stores and it's price,depending on frame and condition is $250-$375.With the economical downturn that we are in currently,I would expect the value to be a bit less. This artist is best known for his desert scenes and Native American art.

RACHEL CROWE (01/18/2011)

R. Brownell McGrew Painting
Karen Morgan (08/30/2009)
I need to know if anyone would know anything about a painting that I have from this artist. It is of 2 women at a paito and there is a circular stairs behind them...If anyone can help me on this please let me know..Thank You Very Much...Karen Morgan

The Heavens are Telling
Jeanne (06/09/2009)
I bought this picture at a yard sale on vacation in does not look like a print..there is texture to the it is on canvas of some type. It is signed my R Brownell McGrew....there is a piece of cardboard over the back of the picture in the frame..I have not taken it off to exam the picture. I was just wondering if anyone has any information on this picture. Thank you.

Morning Melodies
Megan J (04/18/2009)
I recieved a call from my mother yesterday saying that there was a big charity rummage sale at a local church, so I met her down there. I was finished shopping and was paying at a table and looked up at the girl working behind the table and the picture on the wall behind her caught my eye instantly! I demanded instantly to know if the painting was for sale and how much. I got it for $15! Another lady working behind the table commented that she herself thought about purchasing it and researching it to see if it was an antique or collectible. So thats how I thought to research it online and found this page. I learned alot of info about it from the previous posts...thanks guys!

Morning Melodies
Charles Ryburn (01/19/2009)
My mother bought this painting at a furniture store in circa 1955. It hung over the sofa in her formal living room for many years. I now have it after her passing. I remember when Dr.s actually still made house calls, our family physician offered her 500.00 for it once. At that time the offer was like 5000.00, but she didn't sell. I've never seen another, but amazed at how many there are from reading this website.

Ecco Homo
Jerry (01/02/2009)
Ecco Homo I have an original painting titled "Ecco Homo," or I am the man, by Brownie McGrew. It is signed. The painting is riveting, dark, and consists of the head of Christ with a crown of thorns. If anyone has any information I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks in advance,

Morning Melodies #727
Virginia (12/08/2008)
This painting was originated in the 1900's the original is worth 400,000.00. The copies are worth depending on the size 800.00 +Have it appraised and insurance is not a bad idea.

TammyC (10/07/2008)
I have a large print of two women.1 playing a piano and another women standing at the bottom of a staircase she is not playing any musical instrument.Any imformation is appreciated.I purchased this print this summer at a yard sale.The picture just drew me in.It is so nice to hear the history that everyone has with this picture. THANKS

Morning Melodies
WitchDust (09/02/2008)
This large print has hung at my great grandparents home as long as I can remember. I have photos of it over the sofa back in the 50's. I loved it so much I asked my mother for it about 15 yrs ago & finally she gave in! I'm now 50 myself & it's still my favorite picture that hangs in our living room where it will stay until my own demise. It makes me feel so very peaceful and happy to see this as it reminds me of my own mother & her sister who played the same musical instruments. I love the story the daughter of this painter provided and will cherish knowing this. My mother worked at Brown Shoe Company in TN and one of her co workers gave this to her for Christmas one year. Ours is in a dark carved frame and had a greenish tinted glass over it until a few yrs ago when we had to replace the glass when it broke during a move. I'm really interested in find the other two prints that someone mentioned. What are the names of those if anyone knows please?

Morning Melodies
Sue D (09/01/2008)
Yes there are two more pictures that go with Morning Melodies. I have, "Harmany" .But unlike the print mentioned by Pat my Morning Melodies has a lady with a Green top and pink skirt playing the piano accompanied by another woman in a Blue dress with playing the Violyn. Mine are also in there original frames. Can anyone Supply help about the third Print. I would at least like to see it.

Morning Melodies
janice (08/20/2008)
I have Morning Melodies over my fire place mantle, just where it hung at Mama's. She got it as a hostess gift for having a Stanley Party in the early fifties. They never allowed the children to play Bingo!!!! Rats!! The artist was R.McGrew. I feel so fortunate to have it. The parties were held in Green Creek, N.C. Mine has the original frame. Thanks for allowing me to to share a very fond memory.

morning melodies
Cheri Aivalotis (08/04/2008)
I have a Morning Melodies painting that's at least 100 years old. The artist's name is very hard to read. Just wanted to share with you.

Morning Melody and Grandma in PHOTO with it!!
Roxanne Power (07/08/2008)
I would like to add..that my Grandma won this Morning Melody..and I have over the years searched for the PICTURE..Print by having a PICTURE of Grandma Bertha sitting in the Victoriana chair with MORNING MELODY hung right above her..all showing...What a wonderful find today..THANKFUL so thankful for Everyone sharing..especially the FAMILY of the Artist that I take..loved GOD and his CREATION also!!!! Happy Still in Virginia...LadyRoxanneOftheBlueRidgeMts!

Wow! I found MORNING MELODY online today..Finally, a name and artist!!
Roxanne Power (07/08/2008)
I am excited as I have Finally discovered a treasured Artwork in our family. My Grandmother also received this as a PRIZE with Stanley Home Products many years ago. She has gone on to be with the Lord, and the PICTURE..??name/artist was passed on to my cousin, who also loves Victoriana. I have always remembered the PICTURE hanging in my Grandmas Living room, by a beautiful Victoriana chair. I grew up playing the piano and very musical. Love "feminine, Victoria" things.>SO when I by chance found the PICTURE today, and now the name and NOW THE ARTIST, I have spent hours researching all the prints/paintings and saving to WORD to share with FAMILY. I am so glad for the NET SEARCH, as it has made me one happy Lady..I can NOW get a bit of Grandma back, as she was such a lady...AND also other family members wanting this >>MORNING MELODY now can KNOW who and what and where to get!! GOD BLESS you, Dearest Gail for messaging about the PRINT. Thanks for the tidbits. I searched for ANN, GAIL and REBECCA AND JOY McGrew, trying to figure out WHO was in the painting/print. I knew it was 2 daughters...Guessing Gail and Rebecca??? Thanks for any more info..from anyone. Happy In Virginia, LadyRoxanne

Sunney Cottage
carolyn fenton (05/08/2008)
I bought an oil painting and I don't see a signiture on the front. On the back, it reads 4198-24/30 Sunney Cottage. It resembles Thomas Kinkade's style. Regards, Carolyn Fenton

Morning Melodies
A. Evans (01/20/2008)
I was recently given 'Morning Melodies' by a cousin who collects antiques. It hung the wall in his formal dining room and when i went for Christmas it was gone. I told him i was mad at him for taking it down...and he gave it to me! He said no one else had even noticed! I re-decorated a bedroom in my house to match the style. I got online tonight to find a title for the painting and some information on it...i knew when i found 'Morning Melodies' listed that that had to be it...even without a picture available...the title is perfect!

The Heavens Are Telling
T. Anderson (01/01/2008)
I have a painting called "The Heavens Are Telling" by Mr. McGrew. I would like to know if anyone has any information about it. I am not sure if it is an original or print. It is signed and has a serial number on the back. It is in what appears to be an antique frame. It is a landscape painting of mountains and a river. If anyone has any information I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you, T. Anderson

Morning Melodies
Nan (12/16/2007)
I also have this framed piece. I have no information of its history and would appreciate any help.

old calendar prints by R. Brownell McGrew
Linda (12/04/2007)
When I was a little girl in Hemet Ca. I knew Brownie. Thant is all I ever new him by, Until I grew up. I was going through some old papers and found some calenders. He did prints for for our church. I always loved to look at his muscular disciples. Are these rare? I appreciate your help, Sincerely, Linda

R. Brownell McGrew Print??
Brett Andrews (10/14/2007)
Morning Melodies By R. Brownell McGrew?? I believe I have a print of “some type” of Morning Melodies. It has one woman playing the piano and the other playing a violin, beside a spiral staircase. It is on a poster board and is professionally framed with out any glass. It has a small nick and it looks like real paint has chipped off. It is signed in the lower right corner. The picture has a torn piece of brown framing paper that reads “Custom Framed by J.J. Kormann & Son, Inc., Roanoke, Frame No: 985 Size Frame: 24” x 30” it is in great condition other than the nick and it is dusty and needs to be cleaned. My question is can anyone tell me what it is and secondly is it a print or is it a real painting or some other media I have little art background? I have taken some very good photos that I could share. I appreciate your help. Kindest Regards- Brett Andrews

Morning Melodies
Jonathan Anderson (09/29/2007)
My mother has a painting / print of morning melodies. On the back of the pic it says 24/30 the it has a sticker in the shape of a shield that reads (APCO Finest quality Chicago.) The pic was removed from an abandoned house in Detroit Michigan, that was destined for the wrecking ball. My mother instantly fell head over heals in love with the pic. I found this page by doing a GOOGLE search. Any feed back on this is greatly appreciated.

Morning Melodies
Vickie Bourgeois (09/14/2007)
I have a print of Morning Melodies that belonged to my mother. It is old enough that I don't remember it ever being new. My mother got it as a hostess gift for selling "Stanley Home Products" when I was very small (1950s). I was not aware of it's name or the artist until tonight. I also did not know there were two prints that went with it. Thanks to Gail McGrew Eifrig for the details about this print. I will print that information and place it with the print I own for future reference. It may not have monetary value but it will remain a "family treasure" to me.

Morning Melodies
Pamela Batchelor (08/01/2007)
After many years of searching, I finally have my print of Morning Melodies. I would like to know the names of the two prints that went with it and if anyone has them?

Heavens can't wait
Cookie (03/03/2007)
I have a framed painting/print I am not sure which it is. It was give to my parents by my grandparents went the move to our new home years ago. It is by R. Brownell McGrew it is called Heavens Can't Wait. I love it but I would like to know it it should or can it be cleaned? If so where can this be done?

Morning Melodies by R. Brownell McGrew
Susan Edwards (02/24/2007)
My Grandmother (who is now 73) was given this framed print by her mother around 1950-51. It has hung above her bed, all these years. I fell in love with it as a child (I am now 32) and she has just given it to me to hang in my formal living room. I am so excited to have it. It is a beautiful print. I knew others must love it as well. I was so glad to come here to find information about it. Thank you Mrs. Eifrig for filling us in, it is much appreciated.

Morning Melodies
Pat Martin (01/13/2007)
I would love to see a print of Morning Melodies. I have been taking piano lessons and above the piano is a picture of what I think is Mroning Melodies. thank you. Pat

Morning Melodies
Ginger (10/30/2006)
I, too, have this picture. How do you tell if it is a print or painting? I have taken it out of the frame but see no distinguishing marks. His name is in lower right hand corner. When I barely wet it to clean it some of the ?paint? appeared to come off Thanks for any help Ginger

McGrew Original
Sharon Ethridge (10/05/2005)
Mac McGrew painted my portrait on a warm November day in 1962 at Shonto Boarding School (AZ)after we allowed him to photograph some of our young students. He was one of the most "genuine" people I have ever met. I would appreciate hearing from any of his family.

McGrew early years
Sharon Mullin (08/16/2005)
My mother went to art school with Mr. McGrew. She was one of his studies. I have hanging on my wall a portrait of her western clothing that she used when working as a cowhand on the ranches around Williams, Az. signed by him. This painting was done in the mid-thirties.

Morning Melodies
Gail+Bill Eifrig (08/01/2005)
As the daughter of the artist I have some information on this print. It was done at the request of a printer of calendar art between 1948 and 1953. Mr. McGrew sketched the piano in the lobby of the Mission Inn in Riverside, California, and my sister and I posed for the rough positions of the figures, though not the details or facial appearance. Many copies were printed, it was not a limited edition in any sense. Thus the principal lvalue that the print has is simply that many people are quite attached to it and find it charming. They have no monetary value that I am aware of. You may find that you are interested in later prints of my father's work that reflect his interest in Navajo Indian life. It is these works for which a strong market exists, and on which his reputation rests. Thank you for your interest. Gail McGrew Eifrig

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