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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Gilbert Stuart Newton, British (Halifax, Nova Scotia 1794 - 1835 London, England)
Thomas Palmer (1743-1820)
Thomas Palmer (1743-1820)
Work Type
c. 1818-1820
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Physical Descriptions

Oil on canvas
90.8 x 71.1 cm (35 3/4 x 28 in.)
framed: 121.9 x 101.6 x 10.2 cm (48 x 40 x 4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • plaque: THOMAS PALMER, 1743-1820/ Classical Scholar and Benefactor of the Library/ By Gilbert Stuart Newton


Recorded Ownership History
Bequest of the sitter to Harvard University, 1820.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard University Portrait Collection, Bequest of Thomas Palmer to Harvard University, 1820
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. 33
  • Laura M. Huntsinger, Harvard Portraits: A Catalogue of Portrait Paintings at Harvard University, ed. Alan Burroughs, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1936), pp. 104-105
  • 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. 298, cat. 1587
  • John Langdon Sibley, Biographical Sketches of Graduates of Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1970), vol. 15, p. 91
  • Dorinda Evans, Benjamin West and his American Pupils, exh. cat., National Collection of Fine Arts (Washington, D.C, 1980), ill.
  • M. A. Huub Everaert, "Een zoektocht naar de aard van man-vrouw relaties onder Surinaamse slaven" (1999), Universiteit van Amsterdam, p. 92, ill.
  • Dorinda Evans, Gilbert Stuart and the Impact of Manic Depression, Ashgate Publishing (Surrey, England, 2013), pp. xiii, 154, fig. 75
  • 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. 24, 357, cat. 322, ill.

Exhibition History

  • Benjamin West and his American Students, National Portrait Gallery, Washington, 10/16/1980 - 01/04/1981; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 01/30/1981 - 04/19/1981

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