By Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., and Melissa Renn
648 pages, 9 ½ x 11 ¾ in.
558 color and 24 b/w illustrations
Published by the Harvard Art Museums
Distributed by Yale University Press
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 These works, many unpublished, are drawn from the Harvard Art Museums, the University Portrait Collection, the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, and other entities, and date from 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, at the Harvard Art Museums; Melissa Renn is a former senior curatorial research associate at the museums.
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