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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Sarah Gooll Putnam, American (Boston, MA 1851 - 1912 Chocorua, NH)
Amy Lowell (1874-1925)
Amy Lowell (1874-1925)
Work Type
Creation Place: North America, United States, Massachusetts
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Physical Descriptions

Oil on canvas
101.6 x 76.2 cm (40 x 30 in.)
framed: 128 x 102.6 x 8.3 cm (50 3/8 x 40 3/8 x 3 1/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • label: AMY LOWELL 1874-1925/ SARAH G. PUTNAM


Recorded Ownership History
Commissioned by Mr. and Mrs. Augustus Lowell (parents of Amy Lowell); to Amy Lowell; to Mrs. Harold (Ada Dwyer) Russell, 1925; her gift to Harvard University for the use of Lowell House, 1933.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard University Portrait Collection, Gift of Mrs. Harold Russell to Harvard University for the use of Lowell House, 1933
Object Number
European and American Art

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Publication History

  • Sarah Gooll Putnam, Diaries, 1860-1912 (1860-1912)., vol. 19, photo follows entry for May 18, 1892; see also vols. 20 and 28, ledgers
  • Laura M. Huntsinger, Harvard Portraits: A Catalogue of Portrait Paintings at Harvard University, ed. Alan Burroughs, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1936), p. 91
  • Massachusetts Historical Society, "Striking in its Promise: The Artistic Career of Sarah Gooll Putnam", Massachusetts Historical Review (Boston, 2001), 3, pp. 89-115, pl. 1
  • 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. 272, cat. 284, ill.
  • Diana L. Eck, Hanging Around Lowell House: The Portraits of Lowell House, brochure (Cambridge, MA, 2012), p. 8, 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), p. 317

Exhibition History

  • Portrait Exhibition, Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, 11/15/1975 - 01/10/1976
  • Centennial Celebration, Harvard Club of New York City, New York, 11/01/1994 - 01/31/1995

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