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The radiant light here seems almost mystical, a feeling reinforced by the resemblance of the man and woman seated on a donkey to traditional images of Mary and Joseph with the Christ child fleeing from King Herod into Egypt.


Upper right: J. F. Millet


By 1875, Emile Gavet, Paris; sold by Gavet at Hôtel Drouot, Paris, June 11-12, 1875, lot. no. 27, and bought by Détrimont (probably for Quincy Adams Shaw, Boston). Quincy Adams Shaw, Boston; 1917, given to the MFA by Quincy Adams Shaw through Quincy A. Shaw, Jr. and Mrs. Marian Shaw Haughton. (Accession Date: March 29, 1917)

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Gift of Quincy Adams Shaw through Quincy Adams Shaw, Jr., and Mrs. Marian Shaw Haughton

about 1859–63

Catalogue Raisonné

Murphy 78


50.5 x 38.9 cm (19 7/8 x 15 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Black conté crayon and pastel on buff wove paper