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Blind Man and His Daughter, Vaiala, Samoa
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Blind Man and His Daughter, Vaiala, Samoa


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Description John La Farge traveled to the South Seas with historian and writer Henry Adams. In October 1890 they arrived at the village of Vaiala (also spelled Vaiale) in Samoa, near the modern capital of Apia. This became their home base until they left the country in late January 1891. Here they became aquainted with the famous English author, Robert Louis Stevenson. La Farge painted many watercolors documenting his experiences there. In common with other travellers from Europe and America he saw connections between the people and scenes he witnessed and the classical and archaic past, referencing Homer and Greek scuplture in his written descriptions, and seeing visual affinities with the art of Titian, Giorgione, Tintoretto, Poussin and Puvis de Chavannes. This sketch shows a young woman leading a older blind man with a stick.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
8/28/1977Examinationexamined for loan
Exhibitions
  • The South Sea Paintings of John LaFarge. Peabody Essex Museum, Salem. 1978.
  • American Drawings from the Walters Art Gallery. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1987.
Provenance William Macbeth, New York; purchased by Henry Walters, New York, December 1907; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Inscriptions [Initials and date] lower right: L F 1890 [Label] on reverse: Macbeth Galleries, NY [Numeral] 34
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1907 (?)

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Period
1890
Medium
watercolor on paper
(Painting & Drawing)
Accession Number
37.918
Measurements
H: 4 5/8 x W: 5 3/4 in. (11.7 x 14.6 cm)
Geographies
  • USA (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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