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In this self-portrait, the young Washington Allston presents himself as the new Romantic ideal of an artist. He painted it when he was twenty-six, during his first trip to Rome. A Southerner by birth, Allston graduated from Harvard College in 1800 and left for Europe, determined to become a...

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Center left: W. ALLSTON./ROMAE. 1805.


1805, The artist; by 1839, gift of the artist to Mary Preble Amory (Mrs. Nathaniel Amory, 1786-1865), Newport, R. I.; 1865, by descent to her sister, Caroline Preble Wormeley (Mrs. Ralph Randolph Wormely, born 1798), Newport. By 1871, John Taylor Johnston (1820-1893), New York; Dec. 19-22, 1876, "John T. Johnston Sale," Chickering Hall, New York, lot 140, to Miss Alice Sturgis Hooper (d. 1879), Boston for $925; 1884, bequest of Miss Alice Hooper to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 18, 1884)

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Bequest of Miss Alice Hooper



80.33 x 67.31 cm (31 5/8 x 26 1/2 in.)

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Oil on canvas