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The Dinner Party

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Henry Sargent’s painting gives us a glimpse of a fashionable dinner party in 1820s Boston. The dishes for the main course have been cleared; the tablecloth has been removed; and nuts, fruit, and wine are being offered for dessert. The single candle on the table is provided to enable the diners to...

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About 1821, sold to David L. Brown, Boston; before 1842, sold back to the artist (1770-1845); by descent to the artist's grandson, Winthrop Henry Sargent (1840-1916), Boston; by descent to his wife, Aimee Rotch Sargent (1852-1918), Boston; by descent to her sister, Annie Lawrence Rotch (Mrs. Horatio A.) Lamb (born 1857), Milton, Mass.; 1919, gift of Mrs. Horatio A. Lamb to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 6, 1919)

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Gift of Mrs. Horatio Appleton Lamb in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Winthrop Sargent

about 1821


156.53 x 126.36 cm (61 5/8 x 49 3/4 in.)

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Oil on canvas