William Morris Hunt (American, 1824-1879)
The Boot Black
Monogrammed "WMH" l.r., titled and inscribed on the stretcher,
identified on a tag affixed to the frame back.
Oil on canvas, 21 x 17 in. (53.3 x 43.3 cm),framed.
Condition: Lined, scattered dots of retouch, small paint loss l.c., stable craquelure.
Provenance: Cyril Joseph Bowdring, Washington D.C., to a private collection by family descent.
Inscribed "Title: The Boot Black Artist W.M. Hunt/Owner John Harvey Wright to be returned to Bos..." in pencil on the stretcher.
Tag printed with name and address "JOHN H. WRIGHT/100 Devonshire St./ Boston, Mass." above which is inscribed in ink "Artist W.M. Hunt/ property of" is affixed to the back of the frame.