25 September 2013
John George Brown (1831-1913)
"Coming Thro' the Rye"
signed and dated 'J.G. Brown 1860' (lower right)
oil on canvas
12 x 10 in. (30.5 x 25.4 cm.)
Private collection, New England.
Spanierman Gallery, New York, 1989.
Acquired by the present owner from the above, 1990.
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M. Hoppin, The World of J.G. Brown, Chesterfield, Massachusetts, 2010, p. 32.
(Probably) New York, First Annual Artists' Fund Society Exhibition, 1860, no. 113.
According to Martha Hoppin, "Courtship is the theme of the old Scottish song that inspired Brown's title: 'Gin a body, meet a body, comin thru the rye, gin a body, kiss a body, need a body cry" is the complete stanza." (The World of J.G. Brown, p. 32)
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