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Fishing for Oysters at Cancale

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In 1877 the twenty-one year old Sargent spent the summer in Cancale on the coast of Brittany sketching fisherfolk. He sent his first completed painting, "Fishing for Oysters at Cancale," a finished sketch, to New York for display at the newly-formed, avant garde Society of American Artists from...

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Inscription

Lower right: J.S. SARGENT/PARIS

Provenance

The artist; to Samuel Colman, Newport, R.I., and New York, by 1880; to Susan Travers, Newport, R.I., by January 1903; to Mary Appleton, Newport, R.I., New York, and Boston, December 1904 (bequest of Susan Travers); to MFA, 1935, gift of Mary Appleton.

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Mary Appleton

1878

Dimensions

40.96 x 60.96 cm (16 1/8 x 24 in.)

Accession Number

35.708

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

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Americas

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