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#255. The Old House.

  11 x 8, oil on canvas. Signed. There are three almost identical versions of this painting; see #224 and #324 for the other two. Because #324 is dated 1871 we can be certain this is a painting depicts a US scene. The log building is a water mill. It is unknown where in the US the mill is located. But perhaps the article in the San Francisco Examiner on 21 March 1870 that lists a painting The Old Mill (Maryland) by either Munger or John Ross Key is a good hint.

This version was offered in an estate disposal auction as EBay item # 2602033408955 on 24 January 2008, buy-it-now price $1,100; no bids. The lot included a copy of the book 1904 Munger Memoir. The picture was listed as located in Poplar WI, which is 25 miles from Duluth MN. Roger Munger, Gilbert's brother, was a town father and Gilbert visited the area several times. Image from EBay website, as enhanced by Roger Belson.

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© Michael D. Schroeder 10 Mar 2008; Updated 7 Mar 2023.