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Thomas Hicks painted "Calculating" in a period of great financial instability. During the Panic of 1837, the American banking system collapsed and real estate, labor, and food prices plummeted. Many farmers, merchants, and plantation owners were impoverished. The depression that ensued, caused...

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Inscription

Reverse, before relining: "Calculating"/by T. Hicks/1844

Provenance

The artist; with the American Art-Union, 1844; to George B. Upton, Nantucket, M.A., 1844; with Victor Spark, New York; to Maxim Karolik, Newport, R.I., 1950; to MFA, 1962, gift of Maxim Karolik.

Credit Line

Gift of Maxim Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Paintings, 1815–1865

1844

Dimensions

34.61 x 43.18 cm (13 5/8 x 17 in.)

Accession Number

62.273

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

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