Bargaining for a Horse (Farmers Bargaining)

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Oil on canvas
Overall: 24 x 30 in. ( 61 x 76.2 cm ) Framed: 35 1/2 × 41 1/2 × 5 1/2 in. (90.2 × 105.4 × 14 cm)
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Bargaining for a Horse, which was painted for the New York collector and art patron, Luman Reed, is perhaps Mount's best-known canvas, and was called Farmers Bargaining by Reed and was exhibited under that title at the National Academy in 1836.
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Gift of The New-York Gallery of the Fine Arts
Luman Reed, d. 1836; Mrs. Luman Reed, New York, 1836-44; New-York Gallery of the Fine Arts, 1844-58.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group