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Label, Works for Exhibition, The San Francisco Art Association, with title and signature
Photo taped to backing board showing signature and #72 on back of original canvas before lining

Hudson biographer Searles R. Boynton wrote, “Grace Hudson’s style of eliciting response from a viewer is well illustrated in The Runaway. In the painting, Annie Mitchell assumed the duties often demanded of an older sister. Whatever mischief that the little one must have been pursuing when rescued by her sister evidently was of such an enjoyable sort as to provoke the strong disapproval evident in the canvas. Besides arousing curiosity as to the events, the painting illustrated Grace’s superb ability to capture a fleeting moment in time. Such a pose would have been tiring and uncomfortable, even for subjects with more patience.”

Charles Kimball and Jeanette Toberman Fletcher, Del Mar, CA circa 1900
The Estate of Georg’Ann B. Fletcher, Rancho Santa Fe, CA, by descent

Searles R. Boynton D.D.S., The Painter Lady, Grace Carpenter Hudson (Ukiah, CA: Sun House Guild Corporation, 1978), pp 46 and 159 number 72, illustrated halftone

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