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Although many late nineteenth-century American artists portrayed poor city children in a sentimental manner that glossed over the harshness of their lives, Joseph Decker depicted the reality of poverty. Decker was born in Germany, the son of a carpenter, and immigrated to the United States in...

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Inscription

Lower right: J. Decker. 68.

Provenance

The artist; private collection, New England; with Skinner, Inc., Boston, November 5, 1993, lot 59; to MFA, Boston, anonymous gift.

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated anonymously in honor of Carol Troyen

1868

Dimensions

43.18 x 35.56 cm (17 x 14 in.)

Accession Number

1993.944

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

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