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The Poor Man's Store

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John Frederick Peto’s painting of a shabby but colorful storefront window belongs to the school of trompe l’oeil (fool the eye) paintings associated with William Michael Harnett [39.761]. It is an early masterpiece in a career that stretched from 1877, when Peto enrolled for a year at the...

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Upper left: J.F. Peto/85


1885, the artist. Private collection, East Orange, N.J. About 1940, Raymond Dey, Preakness, N.J.; sold by Raymond Dey to John Kenneth Byard, Silvermine, Conn.; about 1943, sold by John Kenneth Byard to Miss Mary Allis, Southport, Conn.; about 1951, sold by Mary Allis to Albert Duveen, N.Y.; 1951, sold by Albert Duveen to Maxim Karolik, Newport, R.I.; 1962, gift of Maxim Karolik to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 14, 1962)

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



90.17 x 65.09 cm (35 1/2 x 25 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas and panel