Identification and Creation
Object Number
Chester Harding, American (Conway, MA 1792 - 1866 Boston, MA)
Samuel Rogers (1763 - 1855)
Samuel Rogers (1763-1855)
Other Titles
Former Title: Poet Rogers
Work Type
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Oil on canvas
74.9 x 62.5 cm (29 1/2 x 24 5/8 in.)
framed: 105.4 x 94.1 x 8.9 cm (41 1/2 x 37 1/16 x 3 1/2 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • plaque: SAMUEL ROGERS, 1763-1855/ English Poet and Man of Letters/ By Chester Harding
Gift from the artist to Edward Everett, 1848; gift to Sidney Brooks, 1865; bequest to William Everett, 1878; his gift to Harvard College, 1884.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard University Portrait Collection, Gift of Dr. William Everett to Harvard College, 1884
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Chester Harding, My Egotistography, John Wilson and Son (Cambridge, MA, 1866), pp. 156-58

"Chester Harding", Atlantic Monthly (April 1867), vol. 19, p. 487, p. 487

"Chester Harding", American Art Journal (March 30, 1867), vol. 6, p. 358, p. 358

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

T.B. Thorpe, "Painters of the Century.--No. V. Wit and Humor of the Early Portrait-Painters", Baldwin's Monthly (May 1876), vol. 12, p. 2, p. 2

"Samuel Rogers", Harvard Crimson (January 24, 1884), vol. pp., p.

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), pp. 289-90

Margaret E. White, ed., A Sketch of Chester Harding, Artist, Drawn by His Own Hand, Houghton Mifflin Company (Boston, MA, 1890), pp. 228-31, 234

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. 173-76

Charles Wells Chapin, Sketches of the Old Inhabitants and Other Citizens of Old Springfield of the Present Century, and Its Historic Mansions of 'Ye Olden Tyme', Press of Springfield Printings and Binding Co. (Springfield, MA, 1893), pp. 214-15

Robert Charles Winthrop, Reminiscences of Foreign Travel: A Fragment of Autobiography (Boston, MA [privately printed], 1894), p. 32

William Garrott Brown, A List of Portraits in the Various Buildings of Harvard University, Harvard University Library (Cambridge, MA, 1898), p. 36

Howard L. Conard, Encyclopedia of the History of Missouri, A Compendium of History and Biography for Ready Reference, Volume III, Southern History Co. (New York, NY, 1901), p. 174

Laura M. Huntsinger, Harvard Portraits: A Catalogue of Portrait Paintings at Harvard University, ed. Alan Burroughs, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1936), p. 116

Joseph J. Firebaugh, "Samuel Rogers and American Men of Letters", American Literature (January 1942), vol. 13, pp., pp. 343-44

Frank N. Jones, "The Libraries of the Harvard Houses", Harvard Library Bulletin, Harvard University Library (Cambridge, MA, Autumn 1948), vol. II, no. 3, pp. 362-377, p. 365

Leah Lipton, A Truthful Likeness: Chester Harding and His Portraits, exh. cat., National Portrait Gallery (Washington, DC, 1985), p. 37, ill. 178

Richard Walker, Regency Portraits: Volume I: Text, National Portrait Gallery (London, 1985), p. 422

Estill Curtis Pennington, Lessons in Likeness: Portrait Painters in Kentucky and the Ohio River Valley, 1802-1920, University of Kentucky (Lexington, KY, 2011), p. 159

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. 246-47, cat. 197, ill.

Exhibition History

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

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