Fair Exchange, No Robbery

William Tolman Carlton, American, 1816 - 1888


about 1850

Oil on canvas

Overall: 19 1/2 × 17 1/8 in. (49.5 × 43.5 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


Possibly signed lower left: WTC [only partially visible]; possibly signed, lower right: [illegible]; printed, in ink, on label affixed to reverse: William Tolman Carlton / American, 1816-1888 / Fair Exchange, No Robbery, [c. 1850] / Oil on canvas, 20 x 17 "/ Exhibited American Art-Union Lottery 1850, #293 / Awarded to Mrs. Alexander Oswald Brodie, 86 Chambers St., NYC ; photocopied entry from published American Art Union sales index, adhered as label to backing: CARLTON, William Tolman (1816-1888) / 1850 American Art Union / Address: Not given. / 293. Fair Exchange, no Robbery. 17 x 20. A boy, with a basket of apples upon his arm, is sleeping in the / street. A girl, in passing, has taken an apple, and left in its place some of her wares. To Mrs. O.A. / Brodie, New York. / photocopied broadside announcing the 1850 American Art Union Distribution, adhered to backing; inscribed on modern hand-lettered, gilded wood frame label, front of frame: "Fair Exchange, No Robbery" / WILLIAM TOLMAN CARLTON / 1816-1888

Exhibition History

American Art-Union, New York, 1850, no. 293.


Mrs. O.A. Brodie, New York. [Mrs. Alexander Oswald Brodie, 86 Chambers St., NYC?], 1850; David Stewart Hull, Class of 1969, New York, c. 1997-98; bequeathed to Dr. Frank P. Stetz, New York, 1998; bequeathed to present collection, 2009

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