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Still Life with Wine Bottles and Basket of Fruit

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John F. Francis was one of the leading still-life painters in mid-nineteenth century America. He had been an itinerant portraitist [47.1142] during the 1830s and 1840s, but he turned to still-life painting in the 1850s when there was a growing demand for such images. By that time, general...

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Lower right: J.F. Francis. Pt. 1857.-


After 1858, Reuben R. Springer (1800-1884), Cincinnati, Ohio; 1884, bequest of Reuben R. Springer to the Cincinnati Museum Association. With Coleman Auction Galleries, New York. 1946, with Victor Spark, New York; 1946, sold by Victor Spark to Maxim Karolik, Newport, R.I.; 1947, gift of Maxim Karolik to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 12, 1947)

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



63.82 x 76.2 cm (25 1/8 x 30 in.)

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Oil on canvas