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Three Sisters of the Copeland Family

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William Matthew Prior was an exception to conventionally held notions about folk painters. He worked in a large city (Charlestown, across the Mystic River from Boston, Massachusetts); he made a handsome living as an artist, rather than making objects chiefly for his own enjoyment; and he...

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Reverse, before relining: W.M. Prior/36 Trenton Street (third section)/East Boston/Sep. 1854


1854, Samuel Copeland, Chelsea, Mass.; 1947, descended in the Copeland family to the granddaughter of the youngest child in the painting, Mrs. Ellen Brown, Boston; 1947, consigned to Richard C. Morrison, Boston; 1947, sold by Richard C. Morrison to Maxim Karolik, Newport, R.I.; 1948, bequest of Martha C. (Mrs. Maxim) Karolik to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 3, 1948)

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Bequest of Martha C. Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Paintings, 1815-1865



68.26 x 92.71 cm (26 7/8 x 36 1/2 in.)

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Oil on canvas