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In the Roman Campagna

George Inness, American, 1825–1894
Oil on canvas mounted on board
Rome, Lazio, Italy, Europe
Current Location
On View, Gallery 336
26 x 43 in. (66 x 109.2 cm)
framed: 38 x 55 3/16 x 5 1/16 in. (96.5 x 140.2 x 12.9 cm)
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Museum Purchase
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"In the Roman Campagna" is a scene of the Italian countryside awash in diffuse light. In this landscape, George Inness included appealingly pastoral and picturesque details, such as the flock of grazing sheep and the simply dressed woman near the brook. The architectural ruin in the foreground and the caves in the distance were intended to call to mind Italy’s ancient past.
Dr. George A. Bethune, Boston, MA [1]

- c.1894
E. W. Noyes, Boston, MA, purchased from Dr. George A. Bethune [2]

c.1894 -
Vose Galleries (Seth Morton Vose) Boston, MA, purchased from E. W. Noyes [3]

Mr. Slater, Norwich, CT, purchased from Vose Galleries

Vose Galleries (Seth Morton Vose), Boston, MA, exchanged with Mr. Slater [4]

Dr. Joseph C. Ely, Providence, RI, purchased from Vose Galleries [5]

Joseph C. Ely, Esq., by inheritance [6]

Mrs. Joseph C. Ely, Providence, RI, by inheritance [7]

Vose Galleries (Robert C. Vose), Boston, MA, purchased from Mrs. Joseph C. Ely

Hiram H. Logan, Brookline, purchased from Vose Galleries [8]

Vose Galleries (Robert C. Vose), Boston, MA, exchanged with Hiram H. Logan

Ainslie Galleries (George H. Ainslie), New York, NY, purchased from Vose Galleries

- 1946
M. Knoedler & Co., Inc., New York, NY

1946 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, purchased from M. Knoedler & Co., Inc. [9]

The main source for this provenance is a letter from Robert C. Vose [letter, July 22, 2006, SLAM document files].

[1] Dr. George A. Bethune may well have purchased this painting from the artist.

[2] E. W. Noyes was a Boston art dealer.

[3] Robert C. Vose explains that his father, Seth Morton Vose, purchased the painting from E. W. Noyes a few years before Robert C. Vose took over the Boston gallery (in 1897).

[4] Mr. Slater, a wealthy manufacturer, did not like the picture and exchanged it with Seth Morton Vose.

[5] Dr. Joseph C. Ely was the Vose family physician.

[6] Joseph C. Ely, Esq. inherited the painting from his father, Dr. Joseph C. Ely.

[7] Upon the death of Joseph C. Ely, Esq., Mrs. Ely inherited the painting. According to the invoice from M. Knoedler & Co., Inc., Mrs. Ely lived in Providence [invoice, dated April 10, 1946, SLAM document files].

[8] It is not clear in which state Hiram H. Logan resided.

[9] Invoice from M. Knoedler & Co., Inc., dated April 10, 1946 [SLAM document files]. Minutes of the Administrative Board of Control of the City Art Museum, April 4, 1946.
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