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One Dollar Silver Certificate

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1898/1900

Artist:

Victor Dubreuil
American, born France, 1842–after 1910

About this artwork

Having worked as a bank clerk in Paris, Victor Dubreuil moved to the United States in 1882, possibly to escape charges that he had stolen money from his employer. In New York he established himself as an artist, specializing in ultra-illusionistic depictions of currency: some elaborate in composition while others more restrained, such as One Dollar Silver Certificate. In the late 19th century, counterfeiting of legal tender was a widespread problem. Trompe l’oeil replications—albeit on canvas or board rather than paper—aroused suspicion among government officials. At least two of Dubreuil’s paintings on public view were confiscated by the Secret Service in the 1890s.

On View

American Art, Gallery 160

Artist

Victor Dubreuil

Title

One Dollar Silver Certificate

Origin

New York

Date

c. 1898–1900

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed in red, lower right: "V. Dubreuil"

Dimensions

22.9 × 30.5 cm (9 × 12 in.)

Credit Line

Through prior acquisition of the Charles H. and Mary F. S. Worcester Collection

Reference Number

1987.171

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