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Life Is a Race

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Inscription

Inscribed on a separate sheet: Life is a race, by many run, / And by a few is nobly won; / Act well your part as on time flies, / In this the highest honor lies. / Geo. R. Brown / Executed July 21 1863

Marks

UR: cicular blind stamp of De La Rue & Co.

Provenance

Maxim Karolik (1893-1963, Newport); by whom given to MFA February 14, 1962

Credit Line

Gift of Maxim Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Watercolors and Drawings, 1800–1875

July 21, 1863

Catalogue Raisonné

Karolik (1962) cat. 1259 (Folk artists)

Dimensions

Sheet: 36.2 x 46.7 cm (14 1/4 x 18 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

62.126

Medium or Technique

Pen and ink; brush and wash with stencils on Bristol board

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