John Hoppner’s Portrait of the Franklin Sisters (circa 1795)
While the Impressionists were languishing in poverty in the 1870s, a host of other artists—academic painters, aristocratic portraitists, members of the Barbizon school, and genre painters—were hungrily snapped up by the self-assured connoisseurs of the day.
Ludwig Knaus’s Mud Pies (1873)
Work by some of these original market darlings did end up in major museums (perhaps unsurprisingly, considering the financial caliber of their patrons), but none is a household name today.
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