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Pitching Quoits

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Department of American Paintings Sculpture & Decorative Arts Winslow Homer sold [through Miner and Somerville New York 1866 American Artists Sale]. Abijah Curtiss Yonkers-on-Hudson NY circa 1870-73 [1] by descent; to Frederic H. Curtiss Boston MA by 1911 [2] gift; to Fogg Art Museum 1940 [1] The date of acquisition of this painting by Abijah Curtiss (1831-1888) was variously stated by his son Frederic H. Curtiss (1869-1967). In correspondence relating to his gift Frederic H. Curtiss first stated that the painting had been in his family "since sometime before 1870 having been bought by my father" (November 13 1940). He later wrote that it "was purchased before 1873" (January 3 1944). [2] Abijah Curtiss did not bequeath "Pitching Quoits" directly to his son Frederic H. Curtiss in his will (probated August 7 1888). Therefore it must have descended in the family. In 1911 William Howe Downes listed Frederic H. Curtiss as the owner of "Pitching Quoits." Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Frederic Haines Curtiss
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