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Sheep Shearing at Barbizon

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In the early 1850s, Hunt became a friend, patron, and student of the French painter Jean-François Millet [17.1485]. Appalled by Millet’s modest economic circumstances, Hunt purchased many of his paintings, including the unfinished study Three Men Shearing Sheep in a Barn [2000.1221]. He also...

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About 1852, the artist; by 1879, Edward Wheelwright (1824-1900); 1900, by inheritance to his wife, Mrs. Edward Wheelwright; 1913, bequest of Mrs. Edward Wheelwright to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 3, 1913)

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Bequest of Mrs. Edward Wheelwright

about 1852


25.08 x 39.37 cm (9 7/8 x 15 1/2 in.)

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Oil on panel