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Marion Hiller Fenno at Nine as Mandolinata

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Marion Hiller Fenno at Nine as Mandolinata, painted by Tarbell early in his career, shows a young girl dressed for a tableau vivant that was performed at James Arthur Beebe’s home in Boston during the winter of 1887–88. Fenno, the daughter of an affluent wool merchant, is dressed as La...

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Lower right: E.C. Tarbell.


1887-88, the parents of the sitter, Edward Nicoll and Ellen Bradlee Fenno, Boston and Falmouth, Mass.; by descent to the sitter, Marion Fenno Bell; 1967, by descent to her cousin, J. Brooks Fenno, Chestnut Hill, Mass.; by descent to his wife, Virginia Fenno Hopkins, Chestnut Hill; 1984, gift of J. Brooks Fenno to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 26, 1986)

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Gift of J. Brooks Fenno



107.31 x 76.52 cm (42 1/4 x 30 1/8 in.)

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Oil on canvas