Playing Paw (Boys Playing Paw-Paw)

Thomas Mickell Burnham, American, 1818 - 1866


about 1841

Oil on canvas

Overall: 36 × 29 in. (91.4 × 73.7 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Bequest of Dr. Frank P. Stetz, in loving memory of David Stewart Hull, Class of 1960.



North America, United States


19th century

Object Name




Not on view


[not signed?]; inscribed, in blue ballpoint pen, on adhesive label on stretcher: July 5, 1973 / On Temporary loan to / Metropolitan Museum / Mr. Howat / by Mrs. Harcourt Amory; two partially removed Kennedy Gallery labels [one includes typed inventory number 9808]; Printed gallery label on stretcher reverse: ALTMAN/BURKE FINE ART INC. / 19 EAST 76 STREET, NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10021: typed on same label: THOMAS MICKELL BURNHAM (1816-1866) / Boys Playing Paw-Paw / oil on canvas / 36 x 29 inches; numbered on stretcher, in black marker: I 9808; printed adhesive label (partially adhered) on frame reverse: [barcode] / M269016 0053 000 ; numbered on same label, in ballpoint ink: 3LW46; inscribed on modern hand-lettered, gilded wood frame label, front of frame: BOYS PLAYING PAW-PAW / THOMAS MICKELL BURNHAM / 1818-1866

Publication History

National Academy of Design, New York, 1842, no. 21 (as Boys Playing Paw. For sale.)

Boston Athenaeum, 1841, no. 29 (as Boys Playing "Paw Paw. For sale.)

Apollo Association (precursor of the American Art-Union), New York, 1842, no. 17 (as Boys Playing Paw. To H. Jenkins, Hudson, N.Y.)


H. Jenkins, Hudson, N.Y, 1842; Mrs. Harcourt Amory; on temporary loan to Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1973; Kennedy Gallery, New York; Altman/Burke Fine Art, New York [it's not clear which gallery handled it first]; Sotheby' online auction, March 21, 2002, to Frank P. Stetz, New York, by 2002; bequeathed to present collection, 2009 [Charlton Hall Auctions and Galleries, Columbia, South Carolina, September 9, 2006, lot 193 (as Rolling Dice), unsold-per AskArt (same painting?)]

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