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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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Inscription

Lower right: WMHunt [WMH in monogram]

Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Samuel H. Wolcott

about 1862

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

66.1055

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

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