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The Crossing Sweeper

Artist:
Seymour Joseph Guy (1824–1910)
Date:
ca. 1860s
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
12 1/8 x 8 1/2 in. (30.8 x 21.6 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Bequest of Collis P. Huntington, 1900
Accession Number:
25.110.50
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 737
This small-scale work is typical of the sentimental genre scenes of childhood that were popular at the time this was painted. The subject is a barefoot girl, pausing in her task of sweeping streets in order to drink at a fountain. A fence separates her from a group of figures who relax in the park.
Signature: [on the back wall at right]: SJGuy [initials in monogram]

Marking: [stamped on canvas on the back]: Goupil's / 772 BROADWAY, N.Y.
Silas C. Evans, New York, until 1877; sale, Association Hall, New York, 15 Mar. 1877, no. 129; Collis P. Huntington, New York, until died 1900; his wife, later Mrs. Henry E. Huntington, subject to a life estate in the donor's wife, 1900–died 1924; her son, Archer M. Huntington, subject to a life estate in the donor's son, which was relinquished, 1924–1925
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