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Isabella and the Pot of Basil

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The enigmatic literary subjects of artists like ElihuVedder [06.2430], William Rimmer [56.119], and Thomas Wilmer Dewing [34.131] take on a gruesome flavor in this unusual work by John White Alexander. A native of Pittsburgh who trained as an artist in Munich, Alexander first established himself...

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Inscription

Lower left: John Alexander .97

Provenance

1897 or 1898, sold by the artist to Ernest Wadsworth Longfellow (b. 1845 - d. 1921), Boston; 1898, gift of Ernest Wadsworth Longfellow to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 19, 1898)

Credit Line

Gift of Ernest Wadsworth Longfellow

1897

Dimensions

192.09 x 91.76 cm (75 5/8 x 36 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

98.181

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

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