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Portrait of a Woman and Her Son

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Guadagni collection, Florence (?) [see note 1]. 1872, Prince Napoléon-Jerome Bonaparte (b. 1822 - d. 1891), Paris; May 9, 1872, Prince Bonaparte sale, Christie's, London, sold for 110 gns. to Holloway. 1907, R. Kirkman Hodgson, Ashgrove, Seavenoaks; February 23, 1907, Hodgson sale, Christie's, London, lot 70, to Robert Dunthorne (dealer), London for £777.10; by 1910, with William M. Bullivant, Boston [see note 2]; 1912, sold to the MFA for $2950. (Accession Date: June 6, 1912) NOTES: [1] In 1872 and 1907 this was sold as a portrait of the Marchesa Guadagni and her son, and was said in the auction catalogues to have come from the "Guadagni Gallery." [2] The painting was lent under Mr. Bullivant's name from 1910 until it was acquired in 1912; however, correspondence from Robert Dunthorne to the MFA in 1912 indicates that he received payment for the painting. Bullivant may have been acting on Dunthorne's behalf, or they may have owned it jointly.

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Picture Fund and Gift of William M. Bullivant


124.7 x 101.9 cm (49 1/8 x 40 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas