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Pilgrims Going to Church

Object Name: Genre
Date: 1867
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Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: Overall (unframed): 29 x 52 in. (73.7 x 132.1 cm) Overall (framed): 43 1/2 x 67 x 4 in. (110.5 x 170.2 x 10.2 cm)
Description: This composition depicts the Puritans as a small group of God-fearing souls who endured harsh winters to establish a foothold in the New World; this work reflects the influence of the peasant procession paintings by the French artists Jules and Bastien LePage; the outer molding of this frame appears to be of American manufacture, while the inner liner is English, and incorporates a rosette motif found on the frames of paintings by the Pre-Raphaelite artists.
Credit Line: The Robert L. Stuart Collection, the gift of his widow Mrs. Mary Stuart
Object Number: S-117
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This painting was exhibited at the Royal Academy in London in 1867, and at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876. Purchased in 1868 by Robert L. Stuart.


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