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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Washington Allston, American (Georgetown, SC 1779 - 1843 Cambridge, MA)
Study for "Jason Returning to Demand His Father's Kingdom"
Other Titles
Former Title: Jason Returning To Demand His Father's Kingdom: Sketch
Former Title: The Departure of Regulus to Return to Carthage
Work Type
c. 1807-1808
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Graphite, black and white crayon on paper mounted on canvas
88.3 x 111.8 cm (34 3/4 x 44 in.)
To the artist's wife Martha Dana Allston at his death, 1843; to the Washington Allston Trust, 1862.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Loan from The Washington Allston Trust
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Edgar P. Richardson, Washington Allston: A Study of the Romantic Artist in America, University of Chicago Press (Chicago, IL, 1948), pp. 81-83, 191, no. 42, pl. XIII

Thomas W. Leavitt, "The Disposition of the Washington Allston Trust", The Art Quarterly, Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Winter 1956), vol. XIX, no. 4, pp. 415-417, p. 416

William H. Gerdts, "Washington Allston and the German Romantic Classicists in Rome", The Art Quarterly (Summer 1969), vol. XXXII, no. 2, pp. 167-196, p. 185, fig. 22

Kenyon Castle Bolton, III, Peter G. Huenink, Earl A. Powell III, Harry Z. Rand, and Nanette C. Sexton, American Art at Harvard, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1972), cat. 32, ill.

The Paintings of Washington Allston, exh. cat., Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami (Coral Gables, FL, 1975), pp. 23, 28 cat. 11, ill.

William H. Gerdts and Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., "A Man of Genius": The Art of Washington Allston (1779-1843), exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston, MA, 1979), p. 181, cat. 17, ill.

David Bjelajac, Washington Allston, Secret Societies, and the Alchemy of Anglo-American Painting, Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, 1997), pp. 22-24, fig. 6

Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr. and Melissa Renn, American Paintings at Harvard, Volume One: Paintings, Watercolors, and Pastels by Artists Born before 1826, Yale University Press (U.S.) and Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge and New Haven, 2014), pp. 56-57, cat. 14, ill.

Exhibition History

American Art at Harvard, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/19/1972 - 06/18/1972

The Paintings of Washington Allston, Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Coral Gables, 03/06/1975 - 04/13/1975

"A Man of Genius": The Art of Washington Allston (1779-1843), Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 12/12/1979 - 02/03/1980; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 02/28/1980 - 04/27/1980

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