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Views of Assimilation: Photography in Indian Boarding Schools / Information from the Clements Library that relates directly to the photographic portraits in Unsettling Histories

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Landscape painting with white mountain peak in center background, body of water in foreground, and a Native American encampment to left.
John Stanley
Mount Hood from The Dalles
oil on canvas
62 in x 96 ½ in (157.48 cm x 245.11 cm);62 in x 96 ½ in (157.48 cm x 245.11 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Edith Stanley Bayles and the late Mrs. Jane C. Stanley
This sugar caster consists of an octagonal body topped by a domed lid. The body stands on a molded, octagonal base with alternating concave sides, a design carried through the rest of the body and the lid. The lid is pierced with geometric and floral patterns that alternate on each facet, and is surmounted by a rounded finial. The tall, slender proportions of the caster are counterbalanced by the horizontal moldings that decorate the base, body and lid. An unidentified coat of arms appears on the body of the caster.
Monogrammist CO
Sugar Caster (one of a pair)
silver
8 11/16 in. x 2 13/16 in. x 2 13/16 in. ( 22 cm x 7.2 cm x 7.2 cm )
Museum Purchase
This sugar caster consists of an octagonal body topped by a domed lid. The body stands on a molded, octagonal base with alternating concave sides, a design carried through the rest of the body and the lid. The lid is pierced with geometric and floral patterns that alternate on each facet, and is surmounted by a rounded finial. The tall, slender proportions of the caster are counterbalanced by the horizontal moldings that decorate the base, body and lid. An unidentified coat of arms appears on the body of the caster.
Monogrammist CO
Sugar Caster (one of a pair)
silver
8 11/16 in. x 2 13/16 in. x 2 13/16 in. ( 22 cm x 7.2 cm x 7.2 cm )
Museum Purchase
Bust-length portrait of a woman with grey hair in a cream colored dress seated in a red chair with a view of the landscape to right of figure seen through an illusionistic stone oval window or oculus.
Rembrandt Peale
Martha Dandridge Custis Washington (1731-1802)
oil on canvas
35 ⅞ in x 29 ⅛ in (91.12 cm x 73.98 cm);35 ⅞ in x 29 ⅛ in (91.12 cm x 73.98 cm);47 ¾ in x 40 ½ in (121.29 cm x 102.87 cm)
Bequest of Henry C. Lewis
Portrait of a young man seated in a chair wearing a dark jacket, white shirt with high collar and neck tie with red stick pin; holding a book in his right hand.  Plain grayish-brown background; gold frame.
Ammi Phillips
Portrait of a young man holding a copy of Milton's work
oil on canvas
36 in. x 30 in. x 2 3/4 in. ( 91.44 cm x 76.2 cm x 6.99 cm )
Gift of The Daniel and Harriet Fusfeld Folk Art Collection
Lady Eleanor Dundas is shown half length, seated in front of a brown background.  She looks towards the light source to the right of the painting.  She is dressed in a diaphanous black dress with an Empire cut and black veil.  A sheer lace collar frames her throat.  She has heavy lidded eyes and an alert or slightly mournful expression
Henry Raeburn
Lady Eleanor Dundas
oil on canvas
30 1/8 in. x 25 in. ( 76.5 cm x 63.5 cm )
Bequest of Margaret Watson Parker
A young man leans against a stone ledge and gazes to his right. He wears a slate blue jacket with a white collar and cuffs and has a matching mantle. He casually hooks a finger of his left hand in the hilt of a sword that hangs at his waist. A plain stone column immediately behind the sitter creates a near silhouette of the shadowed side of his face. A hazy sky fills the background.
Joshua Reynolds
Lord Charles Spencer (1740-1820), Second son of the Third Duke of Marlborough
oil on canvas
34 5/8 in. x 28 5/8 in. ( 87.9 cm x 72.7 cm )
Museum purchase made possible by the W. Hawkins Ferry Fund
An elegantly attired young woman is shown in a half-length portrait. Her hands are crossed in front of her at the wrist and she holds a partially open folding fan in her right hand. Her blue silk dress has long lace cuffs and a lace overlay at the shoulders and bodice. The bodice is also ornamented with silk bows of matching silk. At her neck is an elaborate pearl and lace choker; she has a matching pearl bracelet and seed pear earring. Her haif carries the blue of dress in the ornamentation at the crown of her head. Ribbons from her hair ornament cascade down either side of her bosom.
Johann Tischbein
Portrait of a Lady
oil on canvas
41 1/4 in x 36 1/2 in (104.78 cm x 92.71 cm);41 1/4 in x 36 1/2 in (104.78 cm x 92.71 cm)
Bequest of Henry C. Lewis
This unfinished painted study depicts a crowd of figures gathered around three richly dressed men and a woman and child, who appear on a flight of stairs near the entrance to a large building decorated with classical columns and pilasters. An elderly bald man wearing a red cloak trimmed with ermine kneels with his head bowed at the top of the stairs before a kneeling woman who holds an infant in her right arm. Another man wearing a turban decorated with a large feather stands behind the kneeling man and holds a gold censer hanging from a chain in his left hand. A third richly dressed man stands at the bottom of the stairs with his back turned toward the viewer. A number of other figures crowd around this central group from the sides. A large ox sits in the right foreground with a donkey standing behind it.
Jan Erasmus Quellinus
Adoration of the Magi
oil on paper mounted on canvas
20 1/2 in. x 24 3/4 in. x 2 5/8 in. ( 52.07 cm x 62.87 cm x 6.67 cm )
Museum Purchase
The low horizon used in this landscape painting creates a sense of expansive sky and flat terrain, which is divided equally between river and land. Figures and animals engage in variety of activities on the riverbank and in boats, including fishing and ferrying cargo and animals. Silhouetted against the vast sky stands a fortress on a spur of land with an orange flag flying from its tower. The opposite bank is visible in the distance as a dark broken line across the shining stretch of water.
Salomon van Ruysdael
View of the Fortifications at Gennep on the Maas River
oil on canvas
22 9/16 in x 34 7/16 in (57.31 cm x 87.47 cm);29 ¾ in x 41 ⅝ in (75.57 cm x 105.73 cm);22 9/16 in x 34 7/16 in (57.31 cm x 87.47 cm)
Museum purchase in honor of Charles H. Sawyer made possible by the W. Hawkins Ferry Fund

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