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Interior of a Mosque, Cairo

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Now regarded as the preeminent African American painter of the late nineteenth century, Tanner spent most of his career in Paris, a city he found more supportive of his professional ambition than any in the United States. The son of an African Methodist Episcopal bishop, he specialized in...

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1897, the artist; probably given by the artist to Charles Hovey Pepper, Philadelphia. October 27, 2003, William Bunch Auctions, Chadds Ford, Penn., lot 703 A. By 2004, with Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York; 2005, sold by the Michael Rosenfeld Gallery to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 23, 2005)

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Museum purchase with funds by exchange from The Hayden Collection—Charles Henry Hayden Fund, Bequest of Kathleen Rothe, Bequest of Barbara Brooks Walker, and Gift of Mrs. Richard Storey in memory of Mrs. Bayard Thayer



52.1 x 66 cm (20 1/2 x 26 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas