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Collection Museum of Fine Arts
Title The Fisherman with His Dog
Object ID MFA-49.04
Object Name Painting
Description Although Joseph Whiting Stock had little formal education and suffered personal hardships, his career as a portraitist was quite successful. Stock, the fourth of thirteen children, was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1815. When he was eleven an unfortunate accident crippled Stock for life. Six years after the misfortune, Stock recovered and looked toward painting to occupy his time. In 1836, a movable chair enabled Stock to leave his home, for the first time in ten years, to pursue clients for portraiture. After other personal set backs, the artist moved to New Bedford in 1842, where he painted over 200 portraits. He then moved back to Springfield in 1844, where he set up a studio. A newspaper advertisement from the Springfield Daily Evening Republican on March 27, 1844, reads "His friends [Stock's friends] and the public in general are invited to favor him with a call, and see his specimens. Terms low, to suit the times, and good likenesses warranted."

The Fisherman with His Dog depicts a young boy dressed in his "Sunday best" while fishing in a lily pond. The boy's faithful companion, the dog, sits beside him. This portrait and the portrait of Mary Abba Woodworth, also in this gallery, illustrate Stock's more detailed and colorful portrait style often explored in his paintings of children. His likenesses of adults follow a more conservative style and were never in full-length.
Artist STOCK, Joseph Whiting
Country AMERICAN
Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions H-48.25 W-36 inches
Credit line HORACE P. WRIGHT COLLECTION
On Exhibit Yes, Michele and Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts