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Identification and Creation
Object Number
William Morris Hunt, American (Brattleboro, VT 1824 - 1879 Isles of Shoals, NH)
Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz, Swiss (1807-1873)
Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz (1807-1873)
Work Type
c. 1874-1875
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Oil on canvas
55.5 x 45.7 cm (21 7/8 x 18 in.)
framed: 81.9 x 71.1 x 5.7 cm (32 1/4 x 28 x 2 1/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: l.r: WMH [monogram]
  • inscription: frame back, pencil: on verso: #10671 gold Elan Pat
  • label: on verso: Doll & Richards/Fine Arts & Mirrors/145 Tremont St., Boston
Probably to the sitter's daughter; Pauline Agassiz Shaw; by descent to her grandson Louis Agassiz Shaw II, Topsfield, MA; his gift to Harvard, 1940.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard University Portrait Collection, Gift of Mr. Louis Agassiz Shaw II, 1940
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

"Art", The Atlantic Monthly (May 1876), vol. 37, p. 630

Kenyon Castle Bolton, III, Peter G. Huenink, Earl A. Powell III, Harry Z. Rand, and Nanette C. Sexton, American Art at Harvard, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1972), cat. 81, ill.

Martha J. Hoppin, "William Morris Hunt: Aspects of his Work" (1974), Unpublished and Harvard University, pp. 105, 125-25, 194, fig. 138

Martha J. Hoppin, "William Morris Hunt: Portraits from Photographs", The American Art Journal (New York, NY, April 1979), vol. XI, no. 2, pp.46-47, 57, fig. 3

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. 30, 275-76, cat. 222, ill.

Exhibition History

Early Science: Smith and Harvard. Innovations, Instruments, Documents., Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, 02/03/1971 - 03/19/1971

American Art at Harvard, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/19/1972 - 06/18/1972

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