Artist Thomas Wilmer Dewing, American, 1851-1938
  • The Recitation
Date 1891
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions Unframed: 30 × 55 inches (76.2 × 139.7 cm)
Framed: 48 × 72 × 2 3/4 inches (121.9 × 182.9 × 7 cm)
Credit Line Detroit Museum of Art Purchase, Picture Fund
Accession Number 08.9
Department American Art before 1950
On View American W285, Level 2 (see map)
Signed Signed and dated, lower right: T. W. Dewing | 1891
Private collector (London, England).
Newman Montross Galleries;
1908-present, purchase by the Detroit Museum of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA).
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