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A Commander in the East India Company

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This painting depicts an unidentified marine commander standing amidships, his steady hand resting on a balustrade adjacent to the towering mast at his back. Another ship rests offshore in the harbor visible behind him. The man’s posture conveys confident authority. His uniform identifies him...

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Inscription

Lower right: M. Brown. pinx/1786.

Provenance

By June 16, 1950, Christie's, London, lot 110, to M. Bernard, London. 1953, John Levy Gallery, New York. Kennedy Galleries [?]. 1954, M. Knoedler and Co., New York. 1954, Hirschl and Adler Galleries, New York City; 1954, sold by Hirschl and Adler to the MFA for $1,350. (Accession Date: April 5, 1954)

Credit Line

A. Shuman Collection—Abraham Shuman Fund

1786

Dimensions

91.44 x 71.12 cm (36 x 28 in.)

Accession Number

54.147

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

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