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  • Thistle

    1831–95
    Isaac Sprague (American, 1811–1895 American)

    Description

    Provenance

    Priscilla C. Sprague (great-niece of artist), Cambridge, MA; bequest to MFA, May 1977.

    Credit Line

    Bequest of Miss Priscilla C. Sprague

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 38.5 x 28 cm (15 3/16 x 11 in.)

    Accession Number

    1977.218

    Medium or Technique

    Watercolor on paper

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  • Aosta

    1836
    Joseph Mallord William Turner (English, 1775–1851)

    Description

    Signed

    not signed

    Provenance

    John Edward Taylor (b. 1830 - d. 1905), London; July 5, 1912, posthumous Taylor sale, Christie, Manson, and Woods, London, lot 63, sold for £1470 to Agnew, London. Horace Gibbs. 1942, Mrs. Leonard K. Elmhirst (Dorothy Payne Whitney, b. 1887 - d. 1968), New York; May 28-29, 1942, Mrs. Elmhirst and others sale, Kende Galleries, New York, lot 188 [see note], to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 9, 1942) NOTE: Incorrectly described in the auction catalogue as Lausanne.

    Credit Line

    Ernest W. Longfellow Fund

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Wilton 1439

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 25.1 x 27.7 cm (9 7/8 x 10 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    42.306

    Medium or Technique

    Watercolor on paper

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  • In The Province (Roofs)

    1920
    Charles Demuth (American, 1883–1935)

    Description

    Inscription

    Signed and dated lower left in graphite: C. Demuth 1920 / Lancaster Pa.

    Provenance

    Private collection; gift to MFA, December 11, 1968.

    Credit Line

    Anonymous gift in memory of Nathaniel Saltonstall

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet (board): 60.3 x 50.5cm (23 3/4 x 19 7/8in.) Framed: 77.8 x 66.7 cm (30 5/8 x 26 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    68.790

    Medium or Technique

    Opaque watercolor over graphite pencil on very thick cardboard

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  • White Bay

    about 1882
    Isaac Sprague (American, 1811–1895 American)

    Description

    Provenance

    Priscilla C. Sprague (great-niece of artist), Cambridge, MA; bequest to MFA, May 1977.

    Credit Line

    Bequest of Miss Priscilla C. Sprague

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 38 x 27 cm (14 15/16 x 10 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1977.223

    Medium or Technique

    Watercolor on tan paper

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  • Wild Roses in an Antique Chinese Bowl

    1880
    John La Farge (American, 1835–1910)

    Description

    Inscription

    Initialed and dated lower right in black wash: JLF / 1880

    Provenance

    Elizabeth Howard Bartol Bequest, 1927

    Credit Line

    Bequest of Miss Elizabeth Howard Bartol

    Details

    Dimensions

    Platemark: 27.6 x 23 cm (10 7/8 x 9 1/16 in.) Sheet: 27.6 x 22.9 cm (10 7/8 x 9 in.) Framed: 49.8 x 43.8 cm (19 5/8 x 17 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    RES.27.96

    Medium or Technique

    Transparent and opaque watercolor on paper

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  • Eventide

    1905
    Caroline Hunt Rimmer (American, 1851–1918)

    Description

    Inscription

    On verso in graphite pencil: Eventide / C.H.R.

    Signed

    Lower right in pen and black ink: C. H. Rimmer 1905

    Provenance

    The artist; purchased about 1950 at a sale in Belmont or Milton, MA by a friend of the artist, Florence D. Snelling, of Boston and Gloucester, MA (died 2/14/1961); 1961 bequeathed to Snelling's heir, Kathryn E. Parks; 2002, gift of Parks to MFA June, 2002

    Credit Line

    Gift of Kathryn E. Parks

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet / image: 35.5 x 25.4 cm (14 x 10 in.)

    Accession Number

    2002.205

    Medium or Technique

    Watercolor and graphite pencil on paper

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  • Vermont Landscape

    about 1924
    Charles Sheeler (American, 1883–1965)

    Description

    Provenance

    The artist; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; with Downtown Gallery, New York; to William H. Lane (1914-1995), 1954; to William H. Lane Foundation, 1954; to MFA, 1990, gift of the William H. Lane Foundation.

    Credit Line

    Gift of the William H. Lane Foundation

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 24.7 x 19.2 cm (9 3/4 x 7 9/16 in.) Framed: 51.4 x 43.5 cm (20 1/4 x 17 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1990.443

    Medium or Technique

    Opaque watercolor, (tempera?), wax crayon, pastel, charcoal, graphite, scratching

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  • Corfu: Lights and Shadows

    1909
    John Singer Sargent (American, 1856–1925)

    Description

    Provenance

    Purchased from the artist through M. Knoedler, New York, April 4, 1912

    Credit Line

    The Hayden Collection—Charles Henry Hayden Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 40.3 x 53.1 cm (15 7/8 x 20 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    12.207

    Medium or Technique

    Translucent and opaque watercolor, with wax resist, over graphite on paper

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  • Spring Blossoms

    1882
    Frederic Crowninshield (American, 1845–1918 American)

    Description

    Signed

    Lower right: F. C. '82

    Provenance

    Passed from the artist upon his death to his daughter, Mrs. Carl A. de Gersdorff, New York City (1918); Upon the death of Mrs. de Gersdorff a large group of her father's watercolors was divided between her two daughters, Mrs. Frederick J. Bradlee, Jr. and her sister (1942); Mrs. Bradlee's gift to the MFA (Accession date: January 11, 1945).

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mrs. Frederick J. Bradlee, Jr.

    Details

    Dimensions

    36.8 x 51.4cm (14 1/2 x 20 1/4in.)

    Accession Number

    45.44

    Medium or Technique

    Watercolor on paper

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  • Venice: La Dogana

    about 1909
    John Singer Sargent (American, 1856–1925)

    Description

    Provenance

    Purchased from the artist through M. Knoedler, New York, April 4, 1912

    Credit Line

    The Hayden Collection—Charles Henry Hayden Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 50.9 x 35.6 cm (20 1/16 x 14 in.)

    Accession Number

    12.201

    Medium or Technique

    Translucent and opaque watercolor over graphite on paper

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  • An Afterglow

    1883
    Winslow Homer (American, 1836–1910)

    Description

    Inscription

    Signed and dated at left (on transom of boat) in black wash: "HOMER 1883" On verso: in pen and brown ink (probably in Homer's hand) No. 21 (outlined) Verso: miscellaneous notations.

    Markings

    PDP Watermark Type: with partial watermark: "J. WHATMAN"

    Provenance

    Doll and Richards, Boston, 1883; Thomas Wigglesworth, Boston, 12/1883; Henry S. Grew; with Doll and Richards, Boston, 1900; William P. Blake, Boston, Feb, 1900; Bequest of William P. Blake in memory of his mother, Mary M. J. Dehon Blake, 1922

    Credit Line

    Bequest of William P. Blake in memory of his mother, Mary M. J. Dehon Blake

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 38.0 x 54.7 cm (14 15/16 x 21 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    22.606

    Medium or Technique

    Watercolor over graphite pencil on paper

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  • Trees in Winter

    Snow Shadows

    about 1910
    George Hawley Hallowell (American, 1871–1926 American)

    Description

    Signed

    Lower right: George H. Hallowell

    Provenance

    John S. Sargent; Frederick L. Jack, Boston; gift to MFA, April 18, 1935.

    Credit Line

    Gift of Frederick L. Jack

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 53.3 x 39 cm (21 x 15 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    35.1234

    Medium or Technique

    Watercolor on paper

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  • A Garden Is a Sea of Flowers

    1912
    Ross Sterling Turner (American, 1847–1915)

    Description

    Inscription

    Inscribed lower right in pale blue watercolor: a garden is a sea of flower / Ross Turner / 1912

    Signed

    signed

    Provenance

    Nellie P. Carter; gift of the estate to MFA Nov. 1935

    Credit Line

    Gift of the Estate of Nellie Parney Carter

    Details

    Dimensions

    Framed: 84.8 x 108.9 cm (33 3/8 x 42 7/8 in.) Sheet: 52.7 x 77.8 cm (20 3/4 x 30 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    35.1690

    Medium or Technique

    Transparent and opaque watercolor on board

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  • Lighthouse and Buildings, Portland Head, Cape Elizabeth, Maine

    1927
    Edward Hopper (American, 1882–1967)

    Description

    Inscription

    Signed lower right: Edward Hopper / Portland Head

    Provenance

    1920s, Frank K. M. Rehn Gallery (New York); to John T. Spaulding (1870-1948, Boston); 1948, bequest of John T. Spaulding to MFA. (Accession Date: June 3, 1948)

    Credit Line

    Bequest of John T. Spaulding

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 34.3 x 49.5 cm (13 1/2 x 19 1/2 in.) Framed: 59.1 x 72.4 cm (23 1/4 x 28 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    48.723

    Medium or Technique

    Watercolor over graphite pencil on paper

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  • Iris

    1831–95
    Isaac Sprague (American, 1811–1895 American)

    Description

    Provenance

    Priscilla C. Sprague (great-niece of artist), Cambridge, MA; bequest to MFA, May 1977.

    Credit Line

    Bequest of Miss Priscilla C. Sprague

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 30.2 x 22.5 cm (11 7/8 x 8 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1977.227

    Medium or Technique

    Watercolor on paper

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  • Villa Falconiere

    1907
    Artist John Singer Sargent (American, 1856–1925)

    Description

    Inscription

    On verso in artist's hand: John S Sargent / Villa Falconiere / no. 32

    Provenance

    Purchased from the artist through M. Knoedler, New York, April 4, 1912

    Credit Line

    The Hayden Collection—Charles Henry Hayden Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 37.4 x 54.1 cm (14 3/4 x 21 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    12.231

    Medium or Technique

    Translucent watercolor, with touches of opaque watercolor, over graphite on paper

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  • Sunlight on the Piazzetta

    1898–99
    Maurice Brazil Prendergast (American (born in Canada), 1858–1924)

    Description

    Inscription

    l. l. in graphite: Prendergast / Venice. Inscribed verso, lower right, in graphite: Venice 1899.

    Provenance

    (Kraushaar); to Mr. and Mrs. William T. Aldrich, 1927; gift to MFA, September 20, 1961.

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William T. Aldrich

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Clark, Matthews, Owens 0690

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 31.4 x 52.4 cm (12 3/8 x 20 5/8 in.) Framed: 53.3 x 71.1 cm (21 x 28 in.)

    Accession Number

    61.963

    Medium or Technique

    Watercolor over graphite pencil on paper

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  • White Camellia in a Red and Black Lacquer Bowl

    1880s
    John La Farge (American, 1835–1910)

    Description

    Inscription

    see notes

    Provenance

    Edward W. Hooper (1837-1901); his daughter Louisa Hooper Thoron; her daughter Faith Thoron Knapp (d. 2003); her bequest to MFA Sept. 17, 2003

    Credit Line

    Gift of Faith T. Knapp

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 24.4 x 24.6 cm (9 5/8 x 9 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2003.353

    Medium or Technique

    Watercolor on paper

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  • Leaping Trout

    1892
    Winslow Homer (American, 1836–1910)

    Description

    Inscription

    Signed by scraping to reveal white paper l.l.: "HOMER"; signed with blotting technique u.r.: "WH" Not dated./Signed lower left (pigment scraped off): HOMER: upper right (pigment lifted): W. H.

    Signed

    signed

    Provenance

    Thomas B. Clarke (American Art Association, NY, 17 Feb., 1899, no. 330); purchased by MFA, Februaary, 1899

    Credit Line

    Warren Collection—William Wilkins Warren Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 35.6 x 50.8 cm (14 x 20 in.)

    Accession Number

    99.24

    Medium or Technique

    Watercolor over graphite pencil on paper

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  • Morning on the Banks of the Sèvre at Clisson

    1884
    François Louis Français (French, 1814–1897)

    Description

    Signed

    Lower right: Français 84

    Provenance

    1898, Français estate sale, lot 153/171; Gardner Brewer, Massachusetts; Mrs. Arthur Croft; acquired MFA July 1901 bequest of Mrs. Arthur Croft.

    Credit Line

    Bequest of Mrs. Arthur Croft—The Gardner Brewer Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 48 x 60 cm (18 7/8 x 23 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    01.6233

    Medium or Technique

    Watercolor over graphite pencil on cream wove paper

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  • Rio di San Barnaba, Venice

    1911
    Edward Darley Boit (American, 1840–1915)

    Description

    Signed

    Lower left: Boit-Venice-1911

    Provenance

    Purchased by MFA. (Accession date, March 7, 1912)

    Credit Line

    Picture Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 48.2 x 35.5 cm (19 x 14 in.)

    Accession Number

    12.147

    Medium or Technique

    Watercolor over graphite pencil on paper

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  • Corfu: Cypresses

    1909
    John Singer Sargent (American, 1856–1925)

    Description

    Provenance

    Purchased from the artist through M. Knoedler, New York, April 4, 1912

    Credit Line

    The Hayden Collection—Charles Henry Hayden Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 40.4 x 53.3 cm (15 7/8 x 21 in.)

    Accession Number

    12.206

    Medium or Technique

    Translucent watercolor, with touches of opaque watercolor and wax resist, over graphite on paper

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  • Corfu: The Terrace

    1909
    John Singer Sargent (American, 1856–1925)

    Description

    Provenance

    Purchased from the artist through M. Knoedler, New York, April 4, 1912

    Credit Line

    The Hayden Collection—Charles Henry Hayden Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 52.8 x 40.2 cm (20 13/16 x 15 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    12.208

    Medium or Technique

    Translucent watercolor, with touches of opaque watercolor and wax resist, over graphite on paper

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  • Villa di Marlia, Lucca: The Balustrade

    1910
    John Singer Sargent (American, 1856–1925)

    Description

    Inscription

    Signed, l.r.: John S. Sargent

    Provenance

    Purchased from the artist through M. Knoedler, New York, April 4, 1912

    Credit Line

    The Hayden Collection—Charles Henry Hayden Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 40.2 x 52.8 cm (15 13/16 x 20 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    12.228

    Medium or Technique

    Translucent watercolor, with touches of opaque watercolor and wax resist, over graphite on paper

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  • Villa di Marlia, Lucca: A Fountain

    1910
    John Singer Sargent (American, 1856–1925)

    Description

    Provenance

    Purchased from the artist through M. Knoedler, New York, April 4, 1912

    Credit Line

    The Hayden Collection—Charles Henry Hayden Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 40.4 x 53.1 cm (15 7/8 x 20 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    12.233

    Medium or Technique

    Translucent watercolor, with touches of opaque watercolor and wax resist, over graphite on paper

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  • Wildflowers

    1887
    Henry Roderick Newman (American, 1843–1917)

    Description

    Inscription

    Signed and dated lower left in brown wash: H.R. Newman / 1887

    Signed

    Lower left: H.R. Newman 1887

    Provenance

    Denman Ross(1853-1935, Cambridge); acquired1917

    Credit Line

    Denman Waldo Ross Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 39.0 x 26.5 cm (15 3/8 x 10 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1418

    Medium or Technique

    Watercolor over graphite pencil on paper

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  • Angels Representing Adoration, Praise, Thanksgiving, and Love

    American
    1890s
    John La Farge (American, 1835–1910)

    Description

    Provenance

    Bigelow Collection. Gift 1921

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet (each): 26 x 34.9 cm (10 1/4 x 13 3/4 in.) Framed: 45.1 x 167 x 1.9 cm (17 3/4 x 65 3/4 x 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.1555.1

    Medium or Technique

    Opaque and transparent watercolor and metallic paint

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  • Adirondack Lake

    1889
    Winslow Homer (American, 1836–1910)

    Description

    Inscription

    Signed and dated in black watercolor l.r.: "HOMER 1889". Verso: miscellaneous notations/On verso in graphite: M E Homer

    Provenance

    With Frank W. Bayley, Boston, 1923

    Credit Line

    Warren Collection—William Wilkins Warren Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 35.6 x 50.8 cm (14 x 20 in.)

    Accession Number

    23.215

    Medium or Technique

    Watercolor over graphite pencil on paper

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  • The Shadowed Stream

    about 1883-85
    John Singer Sargent (American, 1856–1925)

    Description

    Inscription

    Lower left: To Miss Trower/ échange amical/ John S. Sargent

    Provenance

    Zoe Oliver Sherman Collection; purchased 1923

    Credit Line

    Zoe Oliver Sherman Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 35.4 x 25.5 cm (13 15/16 x 10 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    23.727

    Medium or Technique

    Translucent watercolor, with touches of opaque watercolor, over graphite on paper

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  • Currituck Marshes, North Carolina

    1926
    Frank Weston Benson (American, 1862–1951)

    Description

    Signed

    Lower right: F. W. Benson '26

    Provenance

    Mrs. Edward C. Storrow; gift to MFA, October 5, 1933.

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mrs. Edward C. Storrow in memory of her husband Edward Cabot Storrow

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 48 x 67 cm (18 7/8 x 26 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    33.589

    Medium or Technique

    Watercolor on paper

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  • Apple Blossoms

    about 1879
    John La Farge (American, 1835–1910)

    Description

    Provenance

    Mrs. Henry Lee Higginson Sr.; bequest to MFA, July 11, 1935.

    Credit Line

    Bequest of Mrs. Henry Lee Higginson

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet (irregular): 25.6 x 19.4 cm (10 1/16 x 7 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    35.1175

    Medium or Technique

    Watercolor on paper

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  • Snow Drapery

    1890–1910
    George Hawley Hallowell (American, 1871–1926 American)

    Description

    Signed

    Lower right: George H. Halowell

    Provenance

    Frederick L. Jack, Boston; gift to MFA, April 18, 1935.

    Credit Line

    Gift of Frederick L. Jack

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 51.8 x 38.7 cm (20 3/8 x 15 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    35.1233

    Medium or Technique

    Watercolor on cardboard

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  • Cordova: Interior of the Cathedral

    about 1903
    John Singer Sargent (American, 1856–1925)

    Description

    Inscription

    Inscription on verso, probably by original owner: Interior of Cathedral of Toledo—Spain, Charles M. Loeffler, Medfield, Mass.

    Signed

    Lower left: John S. Sargent / Loeffler

    Provenance

    The artist; Charles M. Loeffler, Medfield, Mass.; Elise Fay Loeffler; by whom given to MFA 1937

    Credit Line

    Bequest of Elise Fay Loeffler

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 25.4 x 35.6 cm (10 x 14 in.)

    Accession Number

    37.413

    Medium or Technique

    Translucent watercolor, with touches of opaque watercolor, over graphite on paper

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  • Youth and Old Age (Zinnias and Black-eyed Susans)

    1925
    Charles Demuth (American, 1883–1935)

    Description

    Inscription

    Inscribed in graphite: Youth and Old Age [lower center], Black Eyed Susans [upper left]

    Signed

    Toward right border: Aug. C. Demuth, 1925, Lancaster, Pa

    Markings

    PDP Watermark Type: fragmentary Whatman watermark: (...MAN 1919 ENGLAND)

    Provenance

    Montross Gallery, 1926; Sarah Choate Sears; purchased by MFA, May 9, 1940.

    Credit Line

    Frederick Brown Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 45.7 x 30.5 cm (18 x 12 in.)

    Accession Number

    40.231

    Medium or Technique

    Transparent and opaque watercolor over graphite pencil on paper

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  • Fisherman's Bedroom, Eastham, Massachusetts

    about 1929
    Frank Weston Benson (American, 1862–1951)

    Description

    Signed

    Lowre left: F.W. Benson

    Provenance

    Ralph W. Gray, Boston; gift to MFA, December 11, 1941.

    Credit Line

    Gift of Ralph W. Gray

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 42.5 x 55.9 cm (16 3/4 x 22 in.)

    Accession Number

    41.855

    Medium or Technique

    Watercolor on paper

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  • Church in Rome

    1891
    Frederic Crowninshield (American, 1845–1918 American)

    Description

    Signed

    Lower right: F. C. '91 / Roma

    Provenance

    Passed from the artist upon his death to his daughter, Josephine de Gersdorff (1896–1975), New York City (1918); Upon the death of Mrs. de Gersdorff a large group of her father's watercolors was divided between her two daughters, Mrs. Frederick J. Bradlee, Jr. and her sister (1942); Mrs. Bradlee's gift to the MFA (Accession date: January 11, 1945).

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mrs. Frederick J. Bradlee, Jr.

    Details

    Dimensions

    51 x 35.5 cm (20 1/16 x 14 in.)

    Accession Number

    45.46

    Medium or Technique

    Watercolor on paper

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  • Houses of ‘Squam Light, Gloucester

    1923
    Edward Hopper (American, 1882–1967)

    Description

    Inscription

    Signed lower right: Edward Hopper / Gloucester 1923

    Signed

    Lower right: Edward Hopper / Gloucester 1923

    Provenance

    1920s, Frank K. M. Rehn Gallery (New York); to John T. Spaulding (1870-1948, Boston); 1948, bequest of John T. Spaulding to MFA. (Accession Date: June 3, 1948)

    Credit Line

    Bequest of John T. Spaulding

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 28.6 x 44.3 cm (11 1/4 x 17 7/16 in.) Framed: 49.5 x 64.8 x 2.5 cm (19 1/2 x 25 1/2 x 1 in.)

    Accession Number

    48.716

    Medium or Technique

    Watercolor over graphite pencil on paper

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  • Eggplants and Pears

    1925
    Charles Demuth (American, 1883–1935)

    Description

    Inscription

    Inscribed center right in graphite: Lancaster Pa. Signed in pencil, l., C. Demuth-/1925.

    Markings

    PDP Watermark Type: partial watermark: 1924 UNBLEACHED ARNOLD

    Provenance

    John Taylor Spaulding (1870-1948, Boston); acquired by bequest June, 1948

    Credit Line

    Bequest of John T. Spaulding

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 35.4 x 50.7 cm (13 15/16 x 19 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    48.765

    Medium or Technique

    Opaque and transparent watercolor over graphite on paper

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  • Roses

    1926
    Charles Demuth (American, 1883–1935)

    Description

    Inscription

    Signed in pencil, C. Demuth, 1926; near center "Landcatster, PA"

    Provenance

    John T. Spaulding (1870-1948), Boston; bequest to MFA, June 3, 1948.

    Credit Line

    Bequest of John T. Spaulding

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet (sight): 29.2 x 42.5 cm (11 1/2 x 16 3/4 in.) Framed: 53 x 67 cm (20 7/8 x 26 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    48.766

    Medium or Technique

    Watercolor over graphite pencil on paper

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  • Floating Figure of Spring

    1855–1910
    John La Farge (American, 1835–1910)

    Description

    Provenance

    John T. Spaulding (1870-1948), Boston; bequest to MFA, June 3, 1948.

    Credit Line

    Bequest of John T. Spaulding

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 28.1 x 20.5 cm (11 1/16 x 8 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    48.812

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  • Description

    Markings

    Watermark: J. Whatman, Turkey Mill. 1836

    Provenance

    Purchased from The Old Print Shop, New York, for the MFA's M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Watercolors and Drawings, 1800-1875; November 13, 1952

    Credit Line

    Gift of Maxim Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Watercolors and Drawings, 1800–1875

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Karolik cat. no 1243, cl pl. XX (Folk artists)

    Dimensions

    Overall: 30.8 x 31.8cm (12 1/8 x 12 1/2in.) Framed: 52.7 x 57.8 cm (20 3/4 x 22 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    52.1562

    Medium or Technique

    Stencil and watercolor over graphite on paper

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  • Bayou in Moonlight

    about 1864
    James Hamilton (American, 1819–1878)

    Description

    Inscription

    Signed lower center in black wash: (J.) Hamilton

    Provenance

    Formerly T.L. 8912, purchased from Victor Spark by Maxim Karolik by February 1955 (his TL 8968.2) Maxim Karolik, Newport; Gift to MFA October 20, 1955

    Credit Line

    Gift of Maxim Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Watercolors and Drawings, 1800–1875

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Karolik cat. 321

    Dimensions

    Diameter of sheet: 39.4 mm. (15 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    55.746

    Medium or Technique

    Opaque watercolor on paper (cut in circle)

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  • Study of Fruit

    1877
    John William Hill (American (born in England), 1812–1879)

    Description

    Inscription

    Inscribed lower right in red paint: J.W. Hill 1877

    Provenance

    Maxim Karolik, Newport; Gift to MFA October 20, 1955

    Credit Line

    Gift of Maxim Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Watercolors and Drawings, 1800–1875

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Karolik (1962) cat. 379

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 15.6 x 27 cm (6 1/8 x 10 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    55.753

    Medium or Technique

    Watercolor over graphite on paper

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  • Farmstead in Passing Storm

    1849
    Artist Unidentified artist, American, 19th century

    Description

    Inscription

    Decoration top center of shield, flags and date 1849; letters FAB on shield.

    Provenance

    Maxim Karolik (1893-1963, Newport); by whom given to MFA June 7, 1956

    Credit Line

    Gift of Maxim Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Watercolors and Drawings, 1800–1875

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Karolik cat. no 1157, cl. pl. XVI (Folk artists)

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 25.2 x 35.2cm (9 15/16 x 13 7/8 in.) Framed: 38.1 x 48.3 cm (15 x 19 in.)

    Accession Number

    56.433

    Medium or Technique

    Opaque watercolor, tempera, graphite pencil, and pen and brown ink with collage on paper

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  • Pelican Feeding Her Young

    Artist Unidentified artist, American, 19th century

    Description

    Provenance

    Nadelman (Lancaster); to Maxim Karolik (1893-1963, Newport); by whom given to MFA October 11, 1956

    Credit Line

    Gift of Maxim Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Watercolors and Drawings, 1800–1875

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Karolik cat. 1317; fig. 343 (Folk Artists)

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 11.7 x 7.5 cm (4 5/8 x 2 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    56.760

    Medium or Technique

    Watercolor, pen and brown ink on paper

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  • City Bedroom

    March 21, 1867
    A. Mayor (American, active in 1850–1867 American)

    Description

    Inscription

    Inscribed on verso in pen and ink: pour une chère Julia le 21 mars 1867

    Provenance

    Maxim Karolik, Newport; Gift to MFA April 11, 1957

    Credit Line

    Gift of Maxim Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Watercolors and Drawings, 1800–1875

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Karolik (1962) cat. 814

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 14.5 x 16.9 cm (5 11/16 x 6 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    57.265

    Medium or Technique

    Watercolor over graphite on paper, laid down

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  • The Little Reader

    1845–60
    Robert Walter Weir (American, 1803–1889)

    Description

    Inscription

    LL in pen: Robt. W. Weir

    Provenance

    Maxim Karolik, Newport; Gift to MFA April 11, 1957

    Credit Line

    Gift of Maxim Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Watercolors and Drawings, 1800–1875

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Karolik cat. no 715

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 32.7 x 26.4 cm (12 7/8 x 10 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    57.296

    Medium or Technique

    Watercolor on paper

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  • Chatou near Bougival

    1889
    Childe Hassam (American, 1859–1935)

    Object Place: Bougival, France

    Description

    Inscription

    Signed and dated lower left: Childe Hassam. 1889 (in gray watercolor) / Chatou near Bougival (in pen and black ink)

    Provenance

    Kathleen Rothe, Jamaica Plain, MA; gift to MFA, June 5, 1958.

    Credit Line

    Gift of Miss Kathleen Rothe

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 25.2 x 35.2 cm (9 15/16 x 13 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    58.598

    Medium or Technique

    Transparent and opaque watercolor on paper

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  • The End Men

    about 1914
    Maurice Brazil Prendergast (American (born in Canada), 1858–1924)

    Description

    Inscription

    l. l. in red watercolor: Prendergast On the verso is a seascape in watercolor and graphite pencil, unfinished and unsigned.

    Provenance

    The artist; to Charles Prendergast, 1924; to Mrs. Charles Prendergast, 1948; to Kraushaar Galleries, New York; purchased by MFA, October 9, 1958.

    Credit Line

    The Hayden Collection—Charles Henry Hayden Fund

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Clark, Matthews, Owens 1217

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 31.4 x 41.6 cm (12 3/8 x 16 3/8 in.) Framed: 49.8 x 59.7 cm (19 5/8 x 23 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    58.980

    Medium or Technique

    Watercolor over graphite pencil on paper

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  • Café Scene

    1905–30
    Jules Pascin (American (born in Bulgaria, active in France), 1885–1930)

    Description

    Inscription

    Signed in pencil lower right: "Pascin"

    Provenance

    Lee M. Friedman (d. 1957, Boston, Lugt suppl. 1749a); bequest to MFA, November 15, 1958.

    Credit Line

    Gift of the Estate of Lee M. Friedman

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 19.9 x 15 cm (7 13/16 x 5 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    58.1039

    Medium or Technique

    Graphite pencil and watercolor

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  • Seated Woman

    1905–30
    Jules Pascin (American (born in Bulgaria, active in France), 1885–1930)

    Description

    Provenance

    Lee M. Friedman (d. 1957, Boston, Lugt suppl. 1749a); bequest to MFA, November 15, 1958.

    Credit Line

    Gift of the Estate of Lee M. Friedman

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 19.9 x 15 cm (7 13/16 x 5 7/8 in. )

    Accession Number

    58.1040

    Medium or Technique

    Graphite pencil and watercolor

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  • Artist Sketching in a Park

    about 1880–90
    James Wells Champney (American, 1843–1903)

    Description

    Provenance

    Maxim Karolik, Newport; Gift to MFA November 13, 1958

    Credit Line

    Gift of Maxim Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Watercolors and Drawings, 1800–1875

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Karolik (1962) cat. 140

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 12.7 x 22.9 cm (5 x 9 in.)

    Accession Number

    58.1082

    Medium or Technique

    Watercolor and Chinese white on blue-gray paper

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  • Umbrellas in the Rain

    1899
    Maurice Brazil Prendergast (American (born in Canada), 1858–1924)

    Description

    Inscription

    Signed and dated lower left: Prendergast (in black ink) / Maurice B. Prendergast Venice / 1899 (in purple ink) l.l. in graphite (under second signature): "Prendergast". Verso: Untitled Venetian scene, 1898-99, watercolor and graphite.

    Provenance

    Comtesse de Bellele; to Wildenstein (New York); Victor D. Spark (1898-1991, New York); from whom purchased by MFA, February 12, 1959.

    Credit Line

    The Hayden Collection—Charles Henry Hayden Fund

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Clark, Matthews, Owens 0698

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 35.4 x 53 cm (13 15/16 x 20 7/8 in.) Framed: 61 x 78.4 cm (24 x 30 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    59.57

    Medium or Technique

    Watercolor over graphite pencil on paper; verso: pencil and watercolor sketch for arcade and lamp post.

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  • Castle in the Mountains

    about 1873
    George Inness (American, 1825–1894)

    Object Place: Italy

    Description

    Inscription

    In graphite, l.l.: Geo. Inness

    Provenance

    Maxim Karolik, Newport; Gift to MFA September 21, 1960

    Credit Line

    Gift of Maxim Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Watercolors and Drawings, 1800–1875

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Karolik (1962) cat. 403

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 22.8 x 30.9 cm (9 x 12 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    60.1026

    Medium or Technique

    Transparent and opaque watercolor over graphite on paper

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  • New York Harbor from Brooklyn Heights Window

    May 1869
    William Martine Harding (American, 1865–1869 American)

    Description

    Inscription

    Inscribed lower left in gray wash: From my room window / May 1869 / W.M. Harding / Fecit; inscribed lower right in gray wash: 55 Columbia St. / Brooklyn Heights

    Provenance

    Maxim Karolik, Newport; gift to MFA May 10, 1961

    Credit Line

    Gift of Maxim Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Watercolors and Drawings, 1800–1875

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Karolik (1962) cat. 322

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 24.1 x 19.1 cm (9 1/2 x 7 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    61.286

    Medium or Technique

    Pen and ink and watercolor over graphite on moderately thick, cream wove paper

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  • The Purple Pup

    about 1918
    Charles Demuth (American, 1883–1935)

    Description

    Inscription

    Signed lower left in graphite: C. Demuth-

    Markings

    PDP Watermark Type: Watermark: CLOVER LINEN / GOLDSMITH BROS.

    Provenance

    The Downtown Gallery, New York, NY; puchaed by MFA, April 11, 1962.

    Credit Line

    The Hayden Collection—Charles Henry Hayden Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 20.7 x 26.5 cm (8 1/8 x 10 7/16 in.) Framed: 40.6 x 50.5 cm (16 x 19 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    62.324

    Medium or Technique

    Watercolor over graphite pencil on paper

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  • Red Against White

    1957
    Charles Sheeler (American, 1883–1965)

    Description

    Inscription

    Unsigned.

    Provenance

    Downtown Gallery, New York City; purchased by MFA, March 10, 1965.

    Credit Line

    A. Shuman Collection—Abraham Shuman Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 12.7 x 15.2cm (5 x 6 in.) Framed: 35.6 x 38.1 cm (14 x 15 in.)

    Accession Number

    65.399

    Medium or Technique

    Tempera on plexiglass

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  • Lady Reading

    1898
    Childe Hassam (American, 1859–1935)

    Description

    Inscription

    Lower left in brush: Childe Hassam/1898.

    Provenance

    Kathleen Rothe; bequest to MFA, October 13, 1965.

    Credit Line

    Bequest of Kathleen Rothe

    Details

    Dimensions

    48.6 x 30.8cm (19 1/8 x 12 1/8in.)

    Accession Number

    65.1303

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    Watercolor

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