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May 22, 2016 4:07 PM

Long-forgotten Edmund Tarbell painting restored, on display in Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH (AP) — A long-forgotten painting by American impressionist Edmund C. Tarbell has been restored just in time for a retrospective of the artist's work.

"Woman with an Oar and a Gentleman" joined the exhibit at the Discover Portsmouth visitors' center on Friday after months of restoration work.

Art conservationist Jeremy Fogg says the canvas likely was rolled up and put aside more than 100 years ago. After members of Tarbell's family found it, Fogg spent months painstakingly restoring it.

Tarbell, a founder of the Boston School style of painting, spent his summers in New Castle and later lived there full-time until his death in 1938.

The exhibit, titled "Illuminating Tarbell," opened in March and ends June 3.

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