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John Penniman painted this reunion of a soldier with his family while he was still an apprentice. He probably based the picture on a 1797 British engraving entitled "The Parent Restored, or the Blessings of Peace." It was common in the eighteenth century for artists to borrow compositions and...

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Inscription

Reverse, before relining: Painted by/J.R. PENNIMAN/1798.

Provenance

The artist; Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Feld; to MFA, 1974, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Feld.

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Stuart P. Feld

1798

Dimensions

40.96 x 31.75 cm (16 1/8 x 12 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

1974.584

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

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