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Girl and Boy Reading on a Sofa

John George Brown1859

The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum

Brown was already an accomplished portrait painter when he emigrated from England to the United States in 1853. He established himself as a genre painter in New York, specializing in sentimental or humorous scenes that often involved children.

Although he usually depicted underprivileged individuals, in this instance he shows subjects who clearly live in comfortable, middle-class circumstances.

This work was formerly housed in one of William T. Walters' drawings albums.

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  • Title: Girl and Boy Reading on a Sofa
  • Creator: John George Brown (American, 1831-1913)
  • Date Created: 1859
  • External Link: For more information about this and thousands of other works of art in the Walters Art Museum collection, please visit art.thewalters.org
  • Roles: Artist: John George Brown (American, 1831-1913)
  • Provenance: William T. Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
  • Object Type: drawings
  • Medium: pencil on paper
  • Inscriptions: [Signed and dated] lower left: "J.G. Brown 1859"
  • Exhibitions: Private Lives: Nineteenth Century American Genre Drawings. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1995., Private Lives: Nineteenth Century American Genre Drawings. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1994.
  • Dimensions: H: 6 1/2 x W: 5 11/16 in. (16.5 x 14.5 cm)
  • Credit Line: Acquired by William T. Walters
  • Classification: Painting & Drawing
  • Accession Number: 37.1537

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