Early American Art
The New World and New Spain
Architecture and Decorative Arts (17th
Painting and Sculpture (17th
Portrait of Rev. Richard Mather (by John Foster)
c. 1636-1640, Byfield, MA (simple
from Hieroglyphikes of the Life of
Man by Francis Quarles
Thomas Kendel stone, c. 1678, Wakefield, MA (skull icon flanked by tools of labor, angels,
John Foster stone, c. 1678, Wakefield, MA (depicts a scene similar to the one taken from
Hieroglyphikes of the Life of
William Hescy stone, c. 1689 (the
tomb of a soldier, age unknown; skull icon, crossed bones,
Mason Children: David, Joanna, and Abigail" (attributed to the Freake-Gibbs Painter: painted
in 1670, only fifty years after the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth
Matteson: "Examination of a Witch" (the painting was actually executed in 1853, but
accompanying documents serve as an excellent overview of
17th-century "witchcraft hysteria").
Architecture and Decorative Arts
Essex Museum (Early American
architecture; some 17th century sources as well)
- Royall House: East
facade, and slave
Anne Style, Gilded, 18th-century Mirror
Anne Style Furniture ("The
Finnish Early Rococo")
American Furniture (Queen Anne
style, Chippendale, etc.; relatively large collection)
Betsy Ross House (extensive
virtual tour of the building)
Cupola House, c. 1725 (interior
photograph; furniture, silver, etc.)
Painting and Sculpture
Pelham: "Cotton Mather"
Smibert: "Portrait of Major General Paul Mascarene,
Feke: "Portrait of William Bowdoin"
(commissioned by John Penn; accompanied with text relating Penn's
dealings with Native Americans)
Johnston: "Henriette Charlotte Chastaigner (1700-1754)"
of Early American Portraits
(portraits of early American statesmen, military men, etc.)
Maccarty stone, 1705, Boston, MA
(simple floral pattern)
Joanna Buckley stone, 1716/17, Copp's Hill, Boston,
MA (resembles 17th-century
gravestones; skull icon, hourglass, etc.)
Captain Nathaniel Waldron stone, 1769, Newport, RI (detailed rendering of human face)
Child Gravestone, 1771, RI
Hinckley stone, 1798, Brookfield, MA (indistinct image of human being with
Painting (after 1750)
Decorative Arts (1785-1830)
Painting (The Tradition of the Grand
West: "Thomas Middleton, 1753-1797"
West: "A Domestic Affliction"
West: "The Baptism of Our Saviour, or Christ Receiving the Holy
Ghost When Baptized by John at the River Jordan," c.
West: "Fidelia and Speranza," 1776
West: "Romeo and Juliet," 1778
Stuart: "Portrait of George Washington," c. 1805
Sully: "Mrs. Robert Gilmor (Sarah Reeves Ladson)"
Sully: "Mother and Child"
Sully: "The Passage of the Delaware"
Philips: "Portrait of Elizabeth Smith Hunter (of Bloomingburg,
Sullivan County, New York)," c. 1820
Philips: "Portrait of David Hunter," c. 1820
Trumbull: "Surrender of General Burgoyne"
Trumbull: "The Surrender of Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown, Virginia
. . ."
Vanderlyn: "The Landing of Columbus . . ."
Vanderlyn: "Ariadne on the Island of Nazos"
Vanderlyn: "James Monroe (1758-1831)"
Vanderlyn: Selections from the Senate Collection
Allston: "Portrait of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1814"
Painting (Still Life, Genre, Landscape,
and Natural History, 1785-1830)
for Art Historians (an
overwhelming list of art museums, image-finders, and organizations
pertaining to all periods of art history)
War America (links regarding
general Pre-Columbian America, the Age of Exploration, and other
information about Colonial America through the
Projects in Culture and History
(photographs, research links, and virtual tours relating to
particular areas of interest in American Studies)
from the Index of American Design
(photographs of reproductions from all periods of American
history, expecially the 17th and 18th centuries)
Map Collection: Colonial America
(comprehensive list from University of Georgia; mostly
Augustine" (London, 1589)
(hand-colored engraving; depicts St. Augustine, Florida, under
seige from Sir Francis Drake in 1586; earliest view of any city in
what is now the United States)
Map of New England" (1677)
of Washington in the Capitol
(works by Greenough, Brumidi, Trumbull, Vanderlyn . . .)
Capitol Project (includes
paintings, sculpture, architectural designs, etc.)
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