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The Reverend John Atwood and His Family

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Henry Darby was seventeen years old when he created this portrait of the Atwood family of New Boston, New Hampshire. Darby, from Adams, Massachusetts, boarded with the Atwoods in the summer of 1845 and may have painted this picture in exchange for food and lodging. He is not known to have had...

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Inscription

Lower right: H.F. DARBY, Painter./1845

Provenance

The artist; to the Rev. John Atwood, Concord and New Boston, N.H.; to Solomon Dodge Atwood, New Boston, his son, 1873; to Misses Florence and Annie Atwood, New Boston, his daughters, 1915; Maxim Karolik, Newport, R.I.; to MFA, 1962, gift of Maxim Karolik.

Credit Line

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

1845

Dimensions

183.2 x 244.47 cm (72 1/8 x 96 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

62.269

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

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