The Pedler (The Pedlar Displaying His Wares)

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Oil on canvas (relined)
Overall: 24 x 34 1/2 in. ( 61 x 87.6 cm ) Framed: 34 1/2 in. × 45 in. × 3 1/2 in. (87.6 × 114.3 × 8.9 cm)
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This work was painted for Luman Reed of New York. In a letter to his son John Durand, February 14, 1836. Preparatory figure sketches for this painting are in Durand's sketchbook, 1835-1836, also in the Society's collection, and in a sketchbook owned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, given by Miss Frederic F. Durand.
Durand, Asher B., Letter to John Durand, dated February 14, 1836, in the collection of Durand Papers at the New York Public Library. "National Academy," The NY Herald, May 19, 1836, p.1, col. 2. "National Academy of Design," The New York Evening Post, May 25, 1836, p. 2. "Editor's Table," The Knickerbocker, Vol. III, July 1836, pp. 115. Tuckerman, Henry T., Book of the Artists, American Artist Life, Comprising Biographical and Critical Sketches of American Artists: Preceded by an Historical Account of the Rise and Progress of Art in America, New York: P. Putnam & Son, 1867, p. 621. Kurtz, Charles M., ed., American Academy Notes. 1881: With Illustrations of 122 of the Principal Pictures in the Fifty-Sixth Annual Exhibition of the National Academy of Design, 93 being Photo-Engraved Reproductions of Sketches by the Artists Themselves, New York: Cassell, Petter, Galpin & Co., 1881, p. 44. "An Aged Artist," The Studio: a Weekly Journal of the Fine Arts, New York, August 1883, p. 62. Huntington, Daniel, Asher B. Durand: A Memorial Address, New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1887, p. 26. Durand, John, The Life and Times of Asher B. Durand, (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1894; Reprint, Hensonville, NY: Black Dome Press, 2007), p. 120. "Pictures by Durand," The New York Times, April 26, 1903, p. 34. Lawall, David B., Asher Brown Durand: His Art and Art Theory in Relation to his Times, Submitted to Princeton University in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, March 1966, pp. 4, 5, 68, 171-191, 215, 282, 389-90, 618-20, Appendix II, p. 68. A. B. Durand 1796-1886, Montclair, New Jersey, Montclair Art Museum Catalogue, October 24 - November 28, 1971, p. 25. Williams, Jr., Hermann Warner, Mirror to the American Past: A Survey of American Genre Painting: 1750-1900, Greenwich, Connecticut: New York Graphic Society, 1971, p. 62. Wright, Nathalia, ed., Letters of Horatio Greenough American Sculptor, The University of Wisconsin Press, 1972, p. 205-6. Lawall, David B., Asher B. Durand: A Documentary Catalogue of the Narrative and Landscape Paintings, New York & London, Garland Publishing, Inc., 1978, p. 7, xiii, xviii. Koke, Richard J., American Landscape and Genre Paintings in the New-York Historical Society, Vol. I, New York: The New-York Historical Society, 1982, pp. 303-4. Clark, H. Nichols B., Francis W. Edmonds: American Master in the Dutch Tradition, Washington: Published for the Amon Carter Museum by the Smithsonian Institution Press, 1988, pp. 76-9. Foshay, Ella M., Mr. Luman Reed's Picture Gallery: Pioneer Collection of American Art, New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1990, pp. 43-5, 63, 88, 148-9, 202-5, 209. Lyons, Maura, William Dunlap and the Construction of an American Art History, Amherst & Boston, University of Massachusetts Press, 2005, pp. 147-66. Carbone, Teresa A., American Paintings in the Brooklyn Museum: Artists Born by 1876, Brooklyn Museum, 2006, Vol. I, p. 477. Ferber, Linda S., ed., "Asher B. Durand, American Landscape Painter," Kindred Spirits Asher B. Durand and the American Landscape, Brooklyn Museum, 2007, pp. 74, 77-8, 81, 208, Chronology. Gallati, Barbara Dayer, "American Genre painting and the Rise of 'Average Taste,'" The Magazine Antiques, November/December, 2011, pp. 134-141.
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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