Philip B. Hahs (PA, 1853-1882) oil on board grisaille painting, 1881, depicting an African American child holding a duster and smiling mischievously at a partially nude marble bust that stands to his right. A cello lies on the floor to his left. Signed and dated Philip B. Hahs, 1881, lower left. Housed in a molded, ebonized wood frame. Sight: 15 1/2" H x 11" W. Frame: 23 1/2" H x 19" W. Note: This painting was likely the source for the wood engraving featured in the November 14, 1882 edition of Harper's Young People, p. 25, entitled "A Flirtation" and signed by Hahs.
Painting and frame in overall very good condition. Painting with specks of retouching visible under UV light, primarily to the background to the figure's left. Largest area of retouching is 1/4" x 1/4".
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