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Although John Francis is best known today as a still-life painter, he began his career painting portraits of prominent citizens of Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and other cities. Francis was influenced by the Romantic painter Thomas Sully, of Philadelphia, and gave his sitters the same bright...

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Inscription

Reverse, before relining: Jno F. Francis pt 1840

Provenance

The artist; private collection, New York State; with Victor Spark, New York, 1944; to Maxim Karolik, Newport, R.I., 1944; to MFA, 1947, gift of Martha C. (Mrs. Maxim) Karolik.

Credit Line

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

1840

Dimensions

106.68 x 106.68 cm (42 x 42 in.)

Accession Number

47.1142

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

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