JOHN F. FRANCIS (1808-1886)
JOHN F. FRANCIS (1808-1886)
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JOHN F. FRANCIS (1808-1886)

Strawberries and Cream

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JOHN F. FRANCIS (1808-1886)
Strawberries and Cream
signed and dated 'J.F. Francis/Pt 1854.' (lower right)
oil on canvas
20 1/2 x 24 in. (52.1 x 61 cm.)
Painted in 1854.
Provenance
Richard Mills, Connecticut.
Kennedy Galleries, Inc., New York, by 1973.
Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Inc., New York.
Reader's Digest, New York, acquired from the above, 1979.
Sotheby's, New York, 18 May 2005, lot 122, sold by the above.
Acquired by the late owner from the above.
Exhibited
Lynchburg, Virginia, Randolph-Macon Women's College, 67th Annual Exhibition: The World Through 19th Century Eyes, March 26-April 16, 1978, no. 15.

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Lot Essay

Born in Philadelphia in 1808, John F. Francis’ portraiture was widely celebrated by his contemporaries, though he is presently renowned for the still lifes that he created in his later career. Within the still-life genre, Francis specialized in tabletop settings that included balanced arrangements of elegant ceramics and glassware alongside bountiful feasts. His work is in the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C. as well as the Art Institute of Chicago.

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