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Identification and Creation
Object Number
H673
People
Ezra Ames, American (Framingham, MA 1768 - 1836 Albany, NY)
William James (1771 - 1832)
Title
William James (1771-1832)
Classification
Paintings
Work Type
painting
Date
1822
Places
Creation Place: North America, United States
Culture
American
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/305068
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Oil on wood panel
Dimensions
91 x 70 cm (35 13/16 x 27 9/16 in.)
framed: 113 x 93.4 x 8.9 cm (44 1/2 x 36 3/4 x 3 1/2 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • (not assigned): on letter held in James's hand: Wm. James Esq./Albany/...ber 1822
Provenance
Collection of William James (1842-1910); probably by descent to John S.R. James, Jr.; bequeathed to his wife Jessie Holladay James; her gift to Harvard University, 1983.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard University Portrait Collection, Gift of Mrs. John S. R. James, Jr. to the University, 1983
Object Number
H673
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Commentary
The James family included several generations of men named William and Henry. This William James is usually referred to as William James of Albany.
Publication History

R.W.B. Lewis, The Jameses: A Family Narrative, Farrar, Straus & Giroux (New York, NY, 1991), p. 644, ill. opp. p. 74

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. 70-71, cat. 24, ill.

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