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This extraordinary painting is first recorded being carried under the arm of 'a man' who was walking along the street in Stockholm in about 1919. Another man made an offer for it on the spot, and via another intermediary it was sold to Henry S. Wellcome in 1929. It is painted in oil paints on paper laid down on wood, and it has on the back an inscription 'Åbo 1800', presumably meaning that it was painted in the small town of Åbo in Sweden (later Turku in Finland) in 1800.

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  • Medium

    oil on paper laid down on wood

  • Measurements

    44.1 x 56.6 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    purchased by Henry S. Wellcome, c.1900–1936


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