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Cooper Tightening Staves on a Barrel

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Millet's images of workers deeply focused on their tasks look back to a long French tradition of illustrating the twelve labors of the months or the industries of distant provinces with workers surrounded by their tools. However, Millet minimized anecdotal detail or regional idiosyncrasy in...

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Lower left: J. F. Millet


Constant Troyon (b. 1810 - d. 1865), Paris; January 22 - February 1, 1866, Troyon sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, lot 564, to A. Legrand. Quincy Adams Shaw (b. 1825 - d. 1908), Boston; 1917, gift of Quincy Adams Shaw, through Quincy A. Shaw, Jr. and Mrs. Marian Shaw Haughton, to the MFA. (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 1848–52

Catalogue Raisonné

Murphy 24


45.1 x 33.0 cm (17 3/4 x 13 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas