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Head of a Woman in Profile

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Lower left: T.C.


1876, possibly John Taylor Johnston (b. 1820 - d. 1893), New York; December 19-22, 1876, possibly in the Johnston sale, American Art Association, New York, lot 35, sold for $1000 [see note 1]. 1882 or 1883, J. Eastman Chase, Boston; February 6, 1882 or 1883, sold by Chase to Peter Chardon Brooks, III (b. 1831 - d. 1920), Boston; by descent to his daughter, Eleanor Brooks (Mrs. Richard M.) Saltonstall (b. about 1867), Boston; 1920, gift of Mrs. Richard M. Saltonstall to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 21, 1920) NOTES: [1] The provenance of this painting was provided in a letter from Mrs. F. H. Blackman, secretary of Mrs. Richard M. Saltonstall, to Charles Cunningham of the MFA (March 10, 1941), and has not been verified. Lot 35 in the Johnston sale was described as "female head" and measured 19 x 16 inches (the MFA painting measures about 22 x 18 inches).

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Peter Chardon Brooks Memorial Collection; Gift of Mrs. Richard M. Saltonstall

about 1855–60


55.9 x 46.3 cm (22 x 18 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas