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Identification and Creation
Object Number
H756
People
Unidentified Artist
Maria Denny Fay (1820 - 1890)
Frame by Foster Brothers, American
Title
Maria Denny Fay (1820-1890)
Classification
Paintings
Work Type
painting
Date
c. 1850
Culture
American
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
36.8 x 30.6 cm (14 1/2 x 12 1/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • label: reverse of frame, ink, paper, typewritten: PORTRAIT OF MARIA DENNY FAY AUNT OF / DONOR, SARAH BRYANT FAY WHO WAS A GRANDDAUGHTER / OF JUDGE SAMUEL PHILLIPS PRESCOTT FAY, / FORMER OWNER AND RESIDENT OF FAY HOUSE. / Given to Radcliffe Coll [ege... ]
  • label: reverse of frame, paper, ink, graphite, printed and handwritten: [printed:] FOSTER BROTHERS / 4 PARK SQ., BOSTON / Order no. [handwritten in graphite:] 3125
  • (not assigned): Maria Denny Fay was the aunt of the donor, Sarah Bryant Fay (from inscription on back of painting).
Provenance
Presumably by descent to the sitter's niece, Sarah Bryant Fay.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard University Portrait Collection, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Gift of Sarah Bryant Fay to Radcliffe College, 1894
Object Number
H756
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Publication History

Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., Virginia Anderson, and Kimberly Orcutt, ed., American Paintings at Harvard, Volume Two, Paintings, Drawings, Pastels and Stained Glass by Artists Born 1826-1856, Harvard University Art Museums/Yale University Press (Cambridge, MA and New Haven, CT, 2008), p. 371, cat. 403, ill.

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