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Art in Early America

North American Art from 1492-1865

The following collection includes objects, paintings, prints, and engravings from the early American period, 1492- 1865. Dramatic social, political, economic, and cultural changes occurred throughout this periodization represented in shifting visual and art worlds.

A gray basket containing a composition of produce including a sliced watermelon, a whole green pumpkin, peaches, cherries, grapes, pears, and plums.
American; Artist Unknown
Theorem painting: Basket of Fruit
stenciled watercolor on paper
10 1/2 x 13 3/8 in. (26.67 x 33.97 cm);6 3/4 x 9 3/8 in. (17.15 x 23.81 cm)
Gift of The Daniel and Harriet Fusfeld Folk Art Collection
American
Bowl, oblong with two handles
birch and walnut
19 1/4 x 10 3/8 x 3 1/2 in. (48.89 x 26.35 x 8.89 cm)
Gift of Colonel and Mrs. Thomas M. Spaulding
William Trost Richards
Point Judith Light
oil on canvas
16 1/16 in x 28 ⅛ in (40.8 cm x 71.44 cm);20 in x 32 in (50.8 cm x 81.28 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Albert D. Early
American
Side Chair (one of a pair)
painted birch?
33 in. (83.82 cm)
Gift of Colonel and Mrs. Thomas M. Spaulding
Side profile of a woman, brown hair, green dress, hair curled in the back.
Alexander Ransom
Portrait of a Lady
oil on canvas
16 ¼ in x 12 3/16 in (41.28 cm x 30.96 cm)
Bequest of Henry C. Lewis
American
Pembroke Table, with one side drawer
inlaid mahogany
28 in x 39 1/2 in (71.12 cm x 100.33 cm)
Gift of Colonel and Mrs. Thomas M. Spaulding
American
Portrait of a Lady, Possibly Mrs. W.R. Goodall (née Fanny Riley)
oil on canvas
36 in x 29 in (91.44 cm x 73.66 cm);43 1/8 in x 36 1/8 in x 2 1/2 in (109.54 cm x 91.76 cm x 6.35 cm)
Bequest of Henry C. Lewis
Man in a suit with grey hair, blue eyes and a white ruffle shirt down his chest.
Wellman Morrison
Samuel Alleyne Otis (1740-1814)
oil on canvas
36 ½ in x 32 in x 4 ½ in (92.71 cm x 81.28 cm x 11.43 cm)
Bequest of Henry C. Lewis
William Harry Warren Bicknell
Portrait
engraving on paper
22 1/16 in x 13 9/16 in (56.04 cm x 34.45 cm)
Estate of Professor Arthur Lyon Cross
Bust length portrait of caucasian male, light colored eyes, greying brown hair pulled away from face. Wearing a black jacket with sizable white cravat. Set against brown backdrop, resembling empty wooden shelving above sitter's right shoulder. (Larson 2/5/18) 
John Vanderlyn
James Monroe (1758-1831)
oil on canvas
25 ⅞ in x 22 3/10 in (65.72 cm x 56.67 cm);31 ¾ in x 28 in x 3 ⅝ in (80.64 cm x 71.12 cm x 9.21 cm)
Bequest of Henry C. Lewis
Half-length portrait of dark-haired woman wearing a brown dress, arms folded across her stomach, with an outward gaze. Larson 2/5/18<br />
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Alexander Ransom
Mrs. Newall (?)
oil on canvas
27 3/16 in x 22 3/10 in (69.06 cm x 56.67 cm);35 ½ in x 30 ½ in (90.17 cm x 77.47 cm)
Bequest of Henry C. Lewis
Jacob Maentel
Portrait of a Man
watercolor with pen and ink, and graphite underlay on cream paper
12 5/16 x 8 11/16 in. (31.2 x 22 cm);12 3/8 x 8 3/4 in. (31.43 x 22.07 cm)
Gift of The Daniel and Harriet Fusfeld Folk Art Collection

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American culture — by Lucy Kathryn Smith (May 17 2018 @ 9:06 am)
Folk art — by Lucy Kathryn Smith (May 17 2018 @ 9:08 am)
Material culture — by Lucy Kathryn Smith (May 17 2018 @ 9:07 am)
Portraits — by Lucy Kathryn Smith (May 17 2018 @ 9:07 am)

49 Collection Object Sources

Portrait (1940.388)
Portrait of a Man (2002/1.189)
Temperance (2002/1.183)
Landscape (1964/2.27)
Basket of Fruit (2002/1.184)
Mirror (1967/2.30)
Patchwork Quilt (1954/1.146)
Highboy (Tall-Boy) (1955/1.230A&B)

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