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Country Life of a Baltimore Family


Outdoor scene of an unidentified Baltimore family at leisure. Two men read newspapers, while a woman and children are seated around table with fruit, flowers, books, and a decanter. A likely enslaved African-American boy serves fruit. A large white dog lays under the table, facing its owner. An empty chair sits at the lefts of the composition with a cashmere shawl draped over it. A bust of Washington is seen at rear, with the city of Baltimore, Maryland, visible in background. The symbols present in the image suggest the wealth of the family.


circa 1850


Oil on canvas


19 H x 24 W inches

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Gift of Mrs. Ruth Katz Strouse

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