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The Bone Player

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William Sidney Mount’s The Bone Player combines elements of portraiture and genre painting, both fields for which he was well known. Born on Long Island, Mount apprenticed with his brother, a portrait and sign painter, and then studied at the National Academy of Design in New York; by 1856 he...

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Lower right, on box: Wm. S. Mount. 1856; Reverse, before relining: The Bone Player/Painted by Wm. S. Mount/1856


By 1858, sold by the artist to John D. Jones for $200; by 1942, descended in the Jones family to Edith Carpender (Mrs. Edward H.) Floyd-Jones (1880-1952), New York and Long Island. 1943, sold by C. W. Lyon, Inc., New York to Maxim Karolik, Newport, R.I.; 1948, bequest of Martha C. (Mrs. Maxim) Karolik to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 3, 1948)

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Bequest of Martha C. Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Paintings, 1815–1865



91.76 x 73.98 cm (36 1/8 x 29 1/8 in.)

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Oil on canvas