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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1926.33.177
People
Henry Roderick Newman, American (Easton NY 1843 - 1917 Florence Italy)
Title
Santa Maria Novella, Florence, Italy
Classification
Drawings
Work Type
drawing
Date
1884
Culture
American
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/306400
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Watercolor over graphite on off-white wove paper
Dimensions
64.8 x 78.5 cm (25 1/2 x 30 7/8 in.)
frame: 95.6 × 109.9 × 8.9 cm (37 5/8 × 43 1/4 × 3 1/2 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: brown ink, l.l.: H R Newman 1884
  • exhibition label: backing board, paper: no. 087 [Lure of Italy exhibition]
  • inscription: verso: [no inscriptions]
Provenance
Purchased from the artist by Denman W. Ross, Cambridge, MA, 1884; his gift to the Fine Arts Department, Harvard University, 1926; transferred to Fogg Art Museum, 1926.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Transfer from the Fine Arts Department, Harvard University
Accession Year
1926
Object Number
1926.33.177
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Publication History

H. Buxton Forman, An American Studio in Florence, The Manhattan (New York, NY, June 1884), v. 3, no. 6, pp. 525-39, pp. 529, 537, repro.

Kent Ahrens, "Pioneer Abroad: Henry R. Newman (1843-1917), Watercolorist and Friend of Ruskin.", The American Art Journal (New York, NY, November 1976), pp. 85-98., pg. 90, fig. 5, repro.

Linda S. Ferber and William H. Gerdts, The New Path: Ruskin and the American Pre-Raphaelites, exh. cat., Brooklyn Museum (Brooklyn, NY, 1985), under no. 61

Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., William H. Gerdts, Erica E. Hirshler, Fred Licht, and William L. Vance, The Lure of Italy: American Artists and the Italian Experience, 1760-1914, exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston / Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (Boston, MA and New York, NY, 1992), pp. 349-350, cat. 87, ill.

Royal W. Leith, Ruskin and his American Followers in Tuscany: A Historical Study, Brentham Press (St. Albans,UK, 1994), p. 10, n. 34, pl. 7

Royal W. Leith, A Quiet Devotion: The Life and Work of Henry Roderick Newman, exh. cat., Jordan-Volpe Gallery, Inc. (New York, NY, 1996), p. 36, reproduced in b/w as fig. 38

Allen Staley, Christopher Newall, Alison Smith, Ian Warrell, and Tim Batchelor, Pre-Raphaelite Vision: Truth to Nature, exh. cat., Tate Gallery Publishing Limited (New York, NY, 2004), pg. 131

Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr. and Susan C. Ricci, "The Last Ruskinians", American Art Review (March -April 2007), XIX, no. 2, pp. 80-89, repr. p. 85

Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., Virginia Anderson, Melissa Renn, and Susan C. Ricci, The Last Ruskinians: Charles Eliot Norton, Charles Herbert Moore, and Their Circle, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2007), pp. 78-79, 95, pl. 36

Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., Virginia Anderson, and Kimberly Orcutt, ed., American Paintings at Harvard, Volume Two, Paintings, Drawings, Pastels and Stained Glass by Artists Born 1826-1856, Harvard Art Museums and Yale University Press (U.S.) (Cambridge, MA and New Haven, CT, 2008), p. 260, cat. 273, ill.

Kathleen A. Foster, American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent, exh. cat., Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia, 2017), p. 71, fig. 60

Exhibition History

Exhibition of Works by Henry Roderick Newman, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 01/01/1885 - 12/31/1885

The Lure of Italy: American Artists and the Italian Experience, 1760-1914, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 09/16/1992 - 12/13/1992; Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, 02/03/1993 - 04/11/1993; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, 05/16/1993 - 08/08/1993

The Last Ruskinians: Charles Eliot Norton, Charles Herbert Moore, and Their Circle, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/07/2007 - 07/08/2007

American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, 03/01/2017 - 05/14/2017

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