UPDATE AGAIN - Bonnie saved the day twice. I know I looked on ebay yesterday, but to no avail. She found it today, right there. It had a "Buy it now" option and I bought it. YAY!!! Thank you, Bonnie!
It looks like copies of the print/painting that my grandmother had are out there - mostly at antique stores, I believe. So, I'm posting today with the hope that a bunch of people who like to shop antique stores will take a gander at the picture and then keep their eyes open as they venture out.
I have an inkling that the print will be found mostly in the Midwest, so though I'll hit my local shops I doubt I'll have much luck in Utah.
If you happen upon one, I'd love to know its location, and, of course, I'd offer a finder's fee. I think finder's fees are a percentage of the cost, but I'm happy to discuss it.
I can't tell you how wonderful it is to know that copies of this picture are in circulation. It's something that enchanted me as a child; those things stick with you.
I've been looking for this picture for years. Every now and then I'd search the Internet for 'kittens on vanity' or 'kitten licking face cream,' etc., but with no luck. The other day I posted a plea for help on my Facebook page and in ten minutes, I had a link to a picture of it. Bonnie, a librarian in Baltimore, and I have become pretty good friends over the last couple of years, and she came through big time regarding the picture. I'm constantly reminded that Neil Gaiman's quote is so true: "Google can bring you back 100,000 answers, a librarian can bring you back the right one."
Thank you, Bonnie.
So, here's my call to Antiquers - help if you can! Many, many thanks!