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The Solitary Oak (The Old Oak)

Object Number: 
Oil on canvas (relined)
Overall: 36 x 48 in. ( 91.4 x 121.9 cm ) Framed: 4 1/2 x 46 3/4 x 58 3/4 in. (11.4 x 118.7 x 149.2 cm)
Gallery Label: 
Durand's original title for this painting was The Solitary Oak with the Old oak listed as a later designation.
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Credit Line: 
Gift of The New-York Gallery of the Fine Arts
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group