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The Drummer Boy

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Following the election of anti-slavery president Abraham Lincoln, the southern states seceded and formed the Confederate States of America. When the war began, both sides believed it could be quickly won, and patriotic feeling surged. This image, painted early in the war, shows a barefooted boy...

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Lower right: WMHunt [WMH in monogram]


About 1862, sold by the artist to Joshua Huntington Wolcott (1804-1891), Boston; 1891, by descent to his daughter-in-law, Edith Prescott (Mrs. Roger) Wolcott (1853-1934); 1934, by descent to her son, Samuel H. Wolcott (1881-1964), Boston; 1964, by inheritance to his wife, Hannah S. Wolcott (1881-1976); 1966, gift of Hannah S. (Mrs. Samuel H.) Wolcott to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 14, 1966)

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Gift of Mrs. Samuel H. Wolcott

about 1862


91.76 x 66.36 cm (36 1/8 x 26 1/8 in.)

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Oil on canvas