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This post comes to us from Rena Tobey, Curatorial Intern.

Who wouldn’t want to know what the future holds?

Reading Tea Leaves, 1906.  Harry Herman Roseland (c.1867—1950).  Oil on canvas, 10 1/8 x 14 ¼ in.  Gift of Mrs. Valentine B. Chamberlain, 2000.87.

Reading Tea Leaves, 1906. Harry Herman Roseland (c.1867—1950). Oil on canvas, 10 1/8 x 14 ¼ in. Gift of Mrs. Valentine B. Chamberlain, 2000.87.

Over one hundred years ago, artist Harry Roseland tapped into that same yearning with a series of works he painted from 1890 to 1910 of tea leaf and palm readers.  Reading Tea Leaves from 1906, a gem in the NBMAA collection, represents this series perfectly.  You’ll find the painting in the Johnson gallery on the first floor.  Even though it’s a small work, we think you’ll be drawn right in to its story. (more…)

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