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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Chester Harding, American (Conway, MA 1792 - 1866 Boston, MA)
George Hamilton Gordon (1784 - 1860)
George Hamilton Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen (1784-1860)
Other Titles
Former Title: Lord Aberdeen
Work Type
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Oil on canvas
92.2 x 72.1 cm (36 5/16 x 28 3/8 in.)
Gift of Dr. William Everett to Harvard College, 1867.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard University Portrait Collection, Gift of Dr. William Everett to Harvard College, 1867
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Chester Harding, My Egotistography, John Wilson and Son (Cambridge, MA, 1866), pp. 160-61

Osmond Tiffany, "Chester Harding, The Self-Made Artist", Lippincott's Magazine (January 1874), vol. 12, p. 72, p. 72

Moses King, King's Handbook of Springfield, Massachusetts, James D. Gill, Publisher (Springfield, MA, 1884), p. 163

P.W. Clayden, Rogers and His Contemporaries: Volume 2, Smith, Elder and Co. (London, 1889), p. 289

Margaret E. White, A Sketch of Chester Harding, Artist, Drawn By His Own Hand, Kennedy Galleries, Inc. and Da Capo Press (New York, NY, 1890 [reprint 1970]), pp. 177-78

Robert Charles Winthrop, Reminiscences of Foreign Travel: A Fragment of Autobiography (Boston, MA [privately printed], 1894), p. 53

William Garrott Brown, A List of Portraits in the Various Buildings of Harvard University, Harvard University Library (Cambridge, MA, 1898), pp. 5, 20

Robert Shackleton, "A Benvenuto of the Backwoods", Harper's Magazine (July 1916), vol. 133, [p. 277], p. [277]

Laura M. Huntsinger, Harvard Portraits: A Catalogue of Portrait Paintings at Harvard University, ed. Alan Burroughs, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1936), p. 63

Leah Lipton, A Truthful Likeness: Chester Harding and His Portraits, exh. cat., National Portrait Gallery (Washington, DC, 1985), pp. 37, 134, 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. 247, cat. 198, ill.

Exhibition History

Unidentified Exhibition, Boston Athenaeum, 1848, Boston Athenaeum, 01/01/1848 - 12/31/1848

Unidentified Exhibition, Connecticut Valley Historical Museum, 1952, Connecticut Valley Historical Museum, Springfield, 05/19/1952 - 06/24/1952

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