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: Bequest of Dr. Frank P. Stetz, in loving memory of David Stewart Hull, Class of 1960.



Place Made: United States, North America


19th century

Object Name


Research Area


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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