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Identification and Creation
Object Number
William Henry Furness, Jr., American (Pennsylvania 1827 - 1867 Cambridge, MA)
Charles Sumner (1811-1874)
Charles Sumner (1811-1874)
Work Type
Creation Place: North America, United States
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Oil on canvas
sight: 80.3 x 70.6 cm (31 5/8 x 27 13/16 in.)
framed: 116.5 x 103.5 x 12.4 cm (45 7/8 x 40 3/4 x 4 7/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: l.r.: "unfinished"
  • label: plaque "CHARLES SUMNER/ PAINTED BY W.H. FURNESS JR 1856/ HARVARD COLLEGE ______ ______ FURNESS 188_". (inscription partly illegible, very dirty)
Bequest of the Rev. Dr. William H. Furness, father of the artist, to Harvard College, 1896
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard University Portrait Collection, Bequest of the Rev. Dr. William H. Furness, father of the artist, to Harvard College, 1896
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

William Garrott Brown, A List of Portraits in the Various Buildings of Harvard University, Harvard University Library (Cambridge, MA, 1898), p. 39

Laura M. Huntsinger, Harvard Portraits: A Catalogue of Portrait Paintings at Harvard University, ed. Alan Burroughs, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1936), p. 131

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. 108, cat. 73, 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. 349, 366

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