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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Alvan Fisher, American (Needham, MA 1792 - 1863 Dedham, MA)
Samuel Gilman (1791 - 1858)
Samuel Gilman (1791-1858)
Work Type
c. 1820
Creation Place: North America, United States
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Physical Descriptions

Oil on canvas
83.5 x 65.6 cm (32 7/8 x 25 13/16 in.)
framed: 99.1 x 81.3 x 6 cm (39 x 32 x 2 3/8 in.)


Recorded Ownership History
Mrs. Charles J. Bowen, daughter of the sitter; her gift to Harvard, 1870.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard University Portrait Collection, Gift of Mrs. Charles J. Bowen, daughter of Samuel Gilman, to Harvard College, 1870
Object Number
European and American Art

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Publication History

  • William Howe Downes, "Boston Painters and Paintings, Part II: Allston and His Contemporaries", The Atlantic Monthly (August 1888), vol. 62, no. 370, pp. 258-266, p. 262
  • William Garrott Brown, A List of Portraits in the Various Buildings of Harvard University, Harvard University Library (Cambridge, MA, 1898), p. 9
  • Laura M. Huntsinger, Harvard Portraits: A Catalogue of Portrait Paintings at Harvard University, ed. Alan Burroughs, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1936), p. 62
  • Historical Records Survey, Division of Professional and Service Projects, Works Progress Administration, American Portraits, 1620-1825, found in Massachusetts, Volumes 1 and 2, Historical Records Survey (Boston, MA, 1939), p. 167, cat. 873
  • Mabel M. Swan, "The Unpublished Notebooks of Alvan Fisher.", The Magazine Antiques (New York, NY, August 1952), p. 127., ill. p. 129
  • 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), p. 202, cat. 152, ill.

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