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pat keehn
Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2002 - 3:39 am:   

I was browsing in a antique junk store in Weberville MI when I came upon an odd picture. This was about 1992.The picture has the brown tones of old photography and is comprised of a quaint two story cottage with climbing ivy and multipal small paned windows.I get the feeling that this was taken in World War one or two and may be of a place in France or other european town. It has a very old frame and the paper on the back is just as old. What gets me about the picture is,someone wrote on the picture at the bottom,"The Cockpit". The picture is enclosed with glass and very well framed. The only thing on the back is a sticker that says John Willis Art Gallery 1420-24 Brush Street Detroit MI.
Who is John Willis? How old is the Brush Street location? I love the photo picture and it's driving me crazy to learn the story behind it. Can you tell me anything?

Posted on Tuesday, November 25, 2003 - 8:18 am:   

i too have a picture that is very well framed with a sticker that says john willis art shop 1420-24 brush st. i believe i have a reprint of a famous artist bronzino of a girl that lived in the 16th century named maria di medici. there is another sticker on my picture that reads: maria di medici of cosimo died at 16 years. this portrait by bronzino painted at about age 10 from uffizi gallery florence. brought to me by m breckenridge january 1935. so just by that date i could tell you that the shop was open in 1935, but thats all the info i have on that. if you or anyone has info as to the value of my reprint please email me at thanks
sonja hoover
Carol Watson
Posted on Friday, January 05, 2007 - 7:56 am:   

My sister found an old picture, well framed, with a John Willis Art Shop sticker. The picture, in brown tones, is of a street scene in which a sign appears--Rue Barre. She thinks it may date from at least as old as WWII. We are trying to figure out where Rue Barre is.
Gurnow M.
Posted on Thursday, February 01, 2007 - 2:32 am:   

I also have an old pastel dating 1889 by an artist named Gates. It is a very drab looking sunset over a creek. The sticker on the frame says John Willis Art Shop, 228-230 Brush Street.I too have been wondering how far back in time does this shop go. Notice the address is different from others posted.
elaine barker
Posted on Thursday, January 01, 2009 - 11:20 pm:   

My great grandmother had a small framed picture in her house. The sticker on the back says John Willis Art shop 1420-24 Brush St. The picture is a scripture-Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee because he trusteth in Thee. M. Smith Isaiah 26-3
I would love to know more about this piece!
Posted on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 12:15 am:   

My sticker (on the back of a framed tiny Japanese woodblock print) says the framing shop was "Est 1897".
Gates worked there and there is a bio for him in Find a Grave.
Jeni Gerhardt
Posted on Sunday, May 25, 2014 - 11:43 pm:   

I have one also. A beautiful Japanese (print?original?) So. no one knows anything about the shop?

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