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Tomatoes, Fruit, and Flowers

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Interest in still-life paintings burgeoned in mid-nineteenth-century America. Large images of varied objects, like this one, were popular for dining rooms, suggesting abundance, well-being, and hospitality. The compote piled high with fruit, bone-handled knife, melons, grapes with their...

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The artist; with a Vermont dealer; with Charles D. Childs, Boston; with Harry Stone, New York, 1947; to Maxim Karolik, Newport, R.I., 1947; to MFA, 1947, gift of Martha C. (Mrs. Maxim) Karolik.

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

about 1860


50.8 x 80.01 cm (20 x 31 1/2 in.)

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Oil on canvas