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The Colgate Family

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In The Colgate Family, German immigrant Johannes Oertel—an able painter, engraver, and art teacher—painted a portrait that presented a hopeful vision for the future of his adopted country. Oertel showed in this comfortable interior that the prospects of the United States, which had suffered...

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Signed and dated lower right


1866, Samuel Colgate (1822-1897), Orange, New Jersey; descended in the Colgate family to Mr. and Mrs. Gaynor, Greenwich, Conn.; 2001, consigned to The Greenwich Gallery, Greenwich, Conn.; 2002, sold by The Greenwich Gallery to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 27, 2002)

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Museum purchase by subscription in honor of Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., John Moors Cabot Curator of American Paintings, 1977-2000 and M. Theresa B. Hopkins Fund

American, 1866


85.1 x 68.6 cm (33.5 x 27 in.)

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Oil on canvas