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Pan and Syrinx

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signed lower right


1820, possibly Guillaume de Hens, Paris; February 3-4, 1820, possibly Guillaume de Hens sale, Paris, lot 24 [see note 1]. Probably in a German-speaking country [see note 2]. 1994, private collection; October 21, 1994, sale of private collector, Christie's, London, lot 64, to Johnny Van Haeften, Ltd., London; 1995, sold by Johnny Van Haeften to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 15, 1995) NOTES: [1] A painting of Pan and Syrinx in a landscape by Willem de Heusch was included in this sale. It sold for 273 fr. [2] There is a German-language chalk inscription on the panel's reverse, giving the artist's birth and death dates.

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Purchased by subscription in honor of Peter C. Sutton, Mrs. Russell W. Baker Curator of European Paintings, 1985-1994

about 1650


25.72 x 51.12 cm (10 1/8 x 20 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Oil on panel