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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Chester Harding, American (Conway, MA 1792 - 1866 Boston, MA)
Francis Parkman (1788 - 1852)
Francis Parkman (1788-1852)
Other Titles
Former Title: Rev. Dr. Parkman
Work Type
c. 1832
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Physical Descriptions

Oil on canvas
91.4 x 71.5 cm (36 x 28 1/8 in.)
framed: 121.9 x 101.6 x 10.2 cm (48 x 40 x 4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • label: Francis Parkman, D.D./1788-1852/Bequest of his daughter/Eliza W.S. Parkman


Recorded Ownership History
From the sitter to his daughter, Eliza W. S. Parkman; her bequest to Harvard University, 1906

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard University Portrait Collection, Bequest of Eliza W. S. Parkman, 1906
Object Number
European and American Art

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Publication History

  • Mark Antony De Wolfe Howe, The Humane Society of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: An Historical Review 1785-1916, Humane Society (Boston, MA, 1918), ill. opp. p. 96
  • Laura M. Huntsinger, Harvard Portraits: A Catalogue of Portrait Paintings at Harvard University, ed. Alan Burroughs, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1936), p. 106, ill. p. 105
  • 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. 300, cat. 1602
  • 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. 62, ill.
  • Leah Lipton, A Truthful Likeness: Chester Harding and His Portraits, exh. cat., National Portrait Gallery (Washington, DC, 1985), pp. 43, 173, ill.
  • Dean Grodzins, American Heretic: Theodore Parker and Transcendentalism, The University of North Carolina Press (Chapel Hill and London, 2002), ill.
  • 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. 242-43, 335, cat. 193, ill.
  • Robert Mussey Jr. and Clark Pearce, Rather Elegant than Showy: The Classical Furniture of Isaac Vose, Massachusetts Historical Society and David R. Godine (Boston, 2018), p. 145, fig. 159

Exhibition History

  • Unidentified Exhibition, Boston Athenaeum, 1833, Boston Athenaeum, 01/01/1833 - 12/31/1833
  • The American Spirit in Portraiture, 1675 - 1900, Fogg Art Museum, 01/19/1951 - 02/24/1951
  • American Art at Harvard, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/19/1972 - 06/18/1972
  • Entrepreneurship and Classical Design in Boston's South End: The Furniture of Isaac Vose and Thomas Seymour, 1815 to 1825, Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, 05/10/2018 - 09/14/2018

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