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Young Woman Ironing

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Boilly's precise, intimate pictures, filled with anecdotal detail, were inspired by seventeenth-century Dutch paintings of daily life. This portrayal of a young laun- dress demonstrates Boilly's rich, warm color and masterful rendering of textures and materials. Note such details as the water...

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Lower right: L. LBoilly (second L and B joined)


Possibly acquired in Paris by Nikolaus Reber-Passavant (b. 1735 - d. 1821) for the Burckhardt family, Basel and passed by descent through the family to Theodora von der Mühll-Burckhardt (b. 1895 - d. 1983), Basel [see note 1]; December 9, 1981, anonymous (von der Mühll and others) sale, Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London, lot 2, to Hazlitt, Gooden and Fox, London; 1983, sold by Hazlitt, Gooden and Fox to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 12, 1983) NOTES: [1] According to information provided by Sotheby's at the time of the painting's acquisition. The early provenance has not been verified.

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Charles H. Bayley Picture and Painting Fund

about 1800


40.7 x 32.4 cm (16 x 12 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas