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Elijah in the Desert

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A South Carolinian by birth, Washington Allston attended Harvard College. After graduating he went to London in 1801, where he studied with Benjamin West. He also traveled the Continent, making extended visits to Paris, for almost a year, and Rome, where he stayed for over three years and...

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Reverse, before relining: W. Allston 1818; W. Allston A.R.A.


After 1818, the painting remained unsold and hung in the house of Allston's friend and patron, Isaac P. Davis (1771-1855), Boston; 1827, sold by Allston to Henry Labouchere (later Lord Taunton, 1798-1869), London for $1000; 1870, sold by Lord Taunton's estate to Mrs. Samuel Hooper and Miss Alice Sturgis Hooper (died 1879), Boston; 1870, gift of Mrs. Samuel Hooper and Miss Alice S. Hooper to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 29, 1870)

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Gift of Mrs. Samuel and Miss Alice Hooper



Overall: 125.1 x 184.8cm (49 1/4 x 72 3/4in.)

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Oil on canvas