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The Tree's Inclined

Companion to Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1970-3-1

William Maw Egley, English, 1826 - 1916

Made in England, Europe


Oil on canvas

24 1/4 x 18 1/4 inches (61.6 x 46.4 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 394, European Art 1500-1850, third floor

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Purchased with the Katharine Levin Farrell Fund, 1970

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This before-and-after story involves two sisters interested in the same boy. In the first scene, the date is about 1850 and the boy, playing at being a soldier, seems to favor the blond girl. In the companion piece, the time is ten years later, and, as the title implies, the situation has not changed. Now a real soldier, the boy courts the blond while her sister, seen in the convex mirror on the wall, looks on with jealousy.


Sold by the artist to James G. Law (dealer), Manchester, for the Art Union of Great Britain, May 14, 1862; won in a national lottery by an unknown winner, June 28, 1862. Mrs. Robert Frank, London. Purchased by the PMA, 1970.

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