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The Eavesdropper

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Provenance

1862, the widow Mrs. van Griensven-Berntz (d. by 1862); April 25, 1862, Griensven-Berntz sale, Nijhoff, The Hague, lot 19. Étienne Le Roy (b. 1808 - d. 1878), Brussels [see note 1]. 1880, Paul Pavlovich Demidoff, 2nd Prince of San Donato (b. 1839 - d. 1885), Florence; March 15 - April 10, 1880, Demidoff sale, San Donato Palace, lot 1060, to Stanton Blake (b. 1837 - d. 1889), Boston; 1889, purchased under the will of Stanton Blake by the MFA. (Accession Date: December 24, 1889) NOTES: [1] While it is not known precisely when he owned the painting, his wax seal (now largely obliterated) remains on the reverse.

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution

1655–56

Dimensions

72.39 x 52.07 cm (28 1/2 x 20 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

89.504

Medium or Technique

Oil on panel

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Paintings