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Romantic Landscape with a Temple

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The taste for the subject of ruins in the literature and painting of the nineteenth century was pervasive. It was related to a widespread interest in Ancient Rome and Greece, as well as to the cult of the picturesque, in which ruins were perceived as a demonstration of man’s complicated...

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Lower center: T DOUGHTY 1834


1834, the artist. 1847, probably sold by William Y. Balch to Henry Codman (1789-1853), Boston [1]; 1853, by descent to his son, John Amory Codman (1824-1886), Boston; 1886, by descent to his daughter, Martha Codman (Mrs. Maxim) Karolik (1858-1948), Newport, R.I.; 1848, by inheritance to her husband, Maxim Karolik, Newport; 1964, bequest of Maxim Karolik to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 13, 1964) [1] A bill found in the Codman family papers reads: Boston, June 30, 1847 Mr. H. Codman/ bought of William Y. Balch/ looking glass, portrait and picture-frame manufactory/ no. 10 Tremont Row/ 3 paintings by Doughty $105.00 Rec'd payt. William Y. Balch. Mr. Codman owned four paintings by Doughty, so it is not certain that "Romantic Landscape with a Temple" was one of the three purchased on this occasion.

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Bequest of Maxim Karolik



39.37 x 58.42 cm (15 1/2 x 23 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Oil on panel