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Mrs. Robinson (Mary Darby Robinson)

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After 1783-4, with Wynn Ellis (b. 1790 - d. 1875), London; July 15, 1876, Wynn Ellis estate sale, (lot 90), Christie's, London, bought in. By 1906, Thomas Hoade Woods [see note 1]; May 26, 1906, sold by Thomas Hoade Woods at Christie's, London [lot 72], to C. Davis (presumably Charles Davis), London. With Howard Young Galleries, New York and London. By 1924, Robert J. Edwards (d. 1924), Boston, MA; 1925, bequest of Robert J. Edwards to the MFA. [see note 2] (Accession Date: April 2, 1925) NOTES: [1] Woods was a partner at Christie's London for many years. [2] Siblings Robert (d. 1924), Hannah (d. 1929), and Grace (d. 1938) Edwards were each collectors of art, who seemed to have had joint ownership of the objects in their possession. When Robert died, he bequeathed his collection to the MFA in memory of their mother, Juliana Cheney Edwards. In 1925, after his death, part of his collection was acquired by the Museum, and the remainder went to his sisters, with the understanding that the objects would ultimately be left to the MFA in the collection begun in memory of their mother. The collections of Hannah and Grace were left to the MFA in 1939, following Grace's death. It is not always possible to determine exactly which paintings each sibling had owned.

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Juliana Cheney Edwards Collection

about 1783–84


76.5 x 63.5 cm (30 1/8 x 25 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas