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About 1860, after the death of his wife, Erastus Salisbury Field set aside his busy portrait-painting practice in Ware, Massachusetts, and began creating religious and historical pictures. Although his brief period of training with painter Samuel F. B. Morse [48.455] in New York no doubt exposed...

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About 1860, the artist; 1916, descended in the artist's family to his grand nephew, Carey S. Hayward Pittsfield, Mass.; 1948, sold by Carey S. Hayward to Maxim Karolik, Newport, R.I.; 1948, gift of Maxim Karolik to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 9, 1948)

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Gift of Maxim Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Paintings, 1815–1865

about 1860


88.26 x 116.52 cm (34 3/4 x 45 7/8 in.)

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Oil on canvas