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Pat Lyon at the Forge

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This portrait of leading Philadelphia businessman and inventor Patrick Lyon is unusual for its era because of its depiction of a subject engaged in manual labor. John Neagle was only twenty-nine when he received the commission for this work. He had begun his career by apprenticing to a coach...

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Inscription

Lower left: J. Neagle 1826 & 7.

Provenance

1827, the sitter, Patrick Lyon (1779-1829), Philadelphia; 1828, sold by Patrick Lyon to the Boston Athenaeum for $400; 1975, sold by the Boston Athenaeum to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 10, 1976)

Credit Line

Henry H. and Zoe Oliver Sherman Fund

1826–27

Dimensions

238.12 x 172.72 cm (93 3/4 x 68 in.)

Accession Number

1975.806

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

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