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Peto's viewer has opened a doorway onto the dark corner of a private study. The initial impression is one of disorder. Books are stacked haphazardly, teetering near the corner of a simple, well-used table. An extinguished candle juts out of a wax-encrusted candlestick, which in turn sits...

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Inscription

Upper right: J F Peto

Provenance

The artist; probably Mrs. George Smiley, the artist's daughter, Island Heights, N.J., 1907; with Victor Spark, New York; to Maxim Karolik, Newport, R.I., 1953; to MFA, 1964, bequest of Maxim Karolik.

Credit Line

Bequest of Maxim Karolik

about 1890–1900

Dimensions

51.75 x 41.59 cm (20 3/8 x 16 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

64.412

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

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