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Mary Sears (later Mrs. Francis Shaw)

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The Sears and Shaw families were very prominent in the Boston area and were important patrons of the Museum of Fine Arts. Painted in Paris in 1878, this portrait was shown at the Paris Salon the following year. Bonnat was internationally acclaimed for his portraits, and he considered this to be...

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Lower left: Ln. Bonnat / 1878


1878, Knyvet Winthrop Sears (b. 1832) and his wife, Mary Peabody Sears (b. 1836), Boston (original commission) [see note 1]; by inheritance to their daughter, Clara Endicott Sears (b. 1863 - d. 1960), Boston; 1930, gift of Miss Clara Endicott Sears to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 4, 1930) NOTES: [1] They were the parents of the sitter. According to information provided by the donor, Clara Endicott Sears (sister of the sitter), this portrait was painted in Bonnat's studio in Paris. Notes in the curatorial file indicate that it was exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1879 (no. 341, as "Miss M. S.").

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Gift of Miss Clara Endicott Sears



126.4 x 75 cm (49 3/4 x 29 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas