Lancaster, New Hampshire

Robert S. Duncanson (American, 1821–1872)


50.8 x 40.6 cm (20 x 16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

Not On View






Signed and dated lower left: R. S. Duncanson/1862

Verso: Lancaster, N.H./from Guild Hall/Vt./Painted/by R.S. Duncanson/Cin O 1862


William F. Bailey (b. 1867) and his wife, Ellen W. Bailey (b. 1863 - d. 1943), Fernbank (Cincinnati), OH; to her cousin, Morgan Van Matre (b. 1878 - d. 1962), Cincinnati, OH and his brother, Ralph Van Matre (b. 1892 - d. 1978), Edenton, NC [see note]; remained with the Van Matre family until 1974. 1974, Ed Shein, Seekonk, MA. 1974, Alan Shawn Feinstein, Cranston, RI. 1994, Roger King Gallery of Fine Art, Newport, RI. 2001, private collection, California; March 21, 2001, sold by Babcock Galleries, New York, to John Axelrod, Boston; 2011, sold by John Axelrod to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 22, 2011)

See Franklin Robinson papers, DIA (photo mount dated 1955, at which time the painting belonged to Morgan Van Matre). Ralph Van Matre lent the painting to the exhibition "Robert S. Duncanson: A Centennial Exhibition,” Cincinnati Museum of Art, March 16 – April 30, 1972, cat. 21.

Credit Line

The John Axelrod Collection—Frank B. Bemis Fund, Charles H. Bayley Fund, and The Heritage Fund for a Diverse Collection