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Large Boston Public Garden Sketchbook: A woman and two girls sitting in the park

Artist:
Maurice Brazil Prendergast (American, St. John’s, Newfoundland 1858–1924 New York)
Date:
1895–97
Medium:
Recto: watercolor over pencil; bordered in pencil and watercolor
Dimensions:
14 1/8 x 11 3/16 in. (35.8 x 28.4 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.1.946
Not on view
This is one of the few posed studies in the Large Boston Public Garden Sketchbook. Prendergast’s subjects generally show no awareness of his presence as a casual observer of their idle summer afternoons. The figures sit in silence while their staccato brushwork agitates the whole.
Charles Prendergast, 1924; his widow, Eugénie Prendergast, 1948; Robert Lehman , 1961.
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