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The Ball Players, c. 1877

  • William Morris Hunt, American, 1824-1879

Oil on canvas

  • Unframed: 16 × 24 inches (40.6 × 61 cm)
  • 20 × 25 11/16 × 2 3/4 inches (50.8 × 65.2 × 7 cm)

Gift of Mrs. John L. Gardner


On View

  • American W290


American Art before 1950

February 3-4, 1880, sale, no. 27, William Morris Hunt studio sale (Horticultural Hall, Tremont Street, Boston, Massachusetts, USA) [as Ball Players, Magnolia, 1877]

1880-1907, Mrs. John L. (Isabella Stewart) Gardner

1907-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

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William Morris Hunt, The Ball Players, c. 1877, oil on canvas. Detroit Institute of Arts, Gift of Mrs. John L. Gardner, 07.12.