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Friedrich Boser (1809-1881), German
The Young Peddler, undated
OIL ON PANEL, 13 x 10 inches
Gift of Mrs. Theodora Willard Best

Friedrich Boser's charming depiction of a young street vendor hawking his wares adopts a popular theme in mid-nineteenth century art. Probably derived from similar themes in European Rococo art of the mid-eighteenth century, these happy, healthy young people manifest none of the cares, bur­dens, or chicanery of their adult peers. Boser, like many other artists working in both Europe and America, made his career of depicting a wide array of such gainfully employed youths.



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