American Paintings at Harvard Volume 1: Paintings, Watercolors, and Pastels by Artists Born Before 1826 Theodore E. Stebbins, Melissa Renn

Publication date:
13 Nov 2014
Harvard Art Museums
648 pages: 298 x 241mm
558 color + 24 b-w illus.
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This volume features nearly 500 paintings, watercolors, pastels, and miniatures from Harvard University’s storied, yet little-known, collection of American art. These works, many unpublished, are drawn from the Harvard Art Museums, the University Portrait Collection, the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, and other entities, and date from the early colonial years to the mid-19th century. Highlights include a rare group of 17th-century portraits, along with important paintings by Robert Feke, John Singleton Copley, Charles Willson Peale, Gilbert Stuart, and Washington Allston, in addition to works depicting western and Native American subjects by Alexandre de Batz, Henry Inman, and Alfred Jacob Miller, among others. Each work is accompanied by scholarly commentary that draws on extensive new research, as well as a complete exhibition and reference history. An introduction by Theodore E. Stebbins Jr. describes the history of the collection. Lavishly illustrated in color, this compendium is a testament to the nation’s oldest collection of American art, and an essential resource for scholars and collectors alike.

Theodore E. Stebbins Jr. is curator of American art, emeritus, and Melissa Renn is senior curatorial research associate, both at the Harvard Art Museums.