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Portrait of George Aloysius Lucas
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Portrait of George Aloysius Lucas

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Description George A. Lucas (1824-1909) of Baltimore sailed to Europe in 1857, never to return to America. During his long residence in Paris, he supplemented his private income by representing the interests of a number of American collectors, including William T. Walters of Baltimore and Samuel P. Avery of New York. In a preface to a publication of 1885, Walters wrote of Lucas, "The debt I owe him for his good judgment, mature experience and cheerful co-operation in nearly all I have accomplished as amateur and collector, I find only less than the value I place upon his sterling truth, and upon his worth as a man and a friend."
  • A Baltimorean in Paris: George A. Lucas, 1860-1909. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979.
  • The Taste of Maryland: Art Collecting in Maryland 1800-1934. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984.
  • A View Toward Paris: The Lucas Collection of Nineteenth Century French Art. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 2006.
Provenance Commissioned by William T. Walters (through George A. Lucas as agent), Baltimore, January 10, 1885 [1] [2]; inherited by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931. [1] Diary of George A. Lucas 18 November 1885. [2] The Diary of George A. Lucas, p. 601.
Inscriptions [Signature] Signed and dated lower left: Ln Bonnat / 1885
Credit Commissioned by William T. Walters, 1885

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oil on canvas
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H: 50 13/16 x W: 36 7/16 in. (129 x 92.5 cm); Framed: H: 64 1/2 x W: 49 3/4 x D: 4 1/2 in. (163.8 x 126.4 x 11.4 cm)
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