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A Pavane

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Hired by his friend the architect Stanford White, Abbey painted A Pavane as an overmantel for the dining room of the prominent New York publisher and diplomat Whitelaw Reid. Reid’s elaborate apartment, the most luxurious in a suite called the Villard Houses (at 50th Street and Madison Avenue...

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Signed, dated, and inscribed (at lower right): E.A. Abbey 1897; (at lower left): copyright 1897 by E. A. ABBEY; (on the back): A PAVANNE / E.A. ABBEY / MORGAN HALL / ENGLAND


1897, commissioned for the home of Whitelaw Reid (1837-1912), New York; 1912, descended through the family to his daughter-in-law, Helen Rogers Reid; March 22-24, 1951, sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, lot 492 to Giovanni Castano Galleries, Boston. After 1955, Françoise Hermann (1919-2003), Falmouth, Mass.; May 2, 2004, Estate of Francoise Hermann, Bonham's and Butterfields, lot 1160 (as The Dance of the Troubadours). 2004, Hirschl and Adler Galleries, New York; 2004, sold by Hirschl and Adler Galleries to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 23, 2004)

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Bequest of Susan A.D. McKelvey and Bequest of Kathleen Rothe, by exchange



Image: 101.6 x 261.6 cm (40 x 103 in.) Framed: 114.9 x 275.9 cm (45 1/4 x 108 5/8 in.)

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Oil on canvas