Identification and Creation
Object Number
Capt. Daniel Bell, American (New York active c. 1800-1810)
Cambridge Common from the Seat of Caleb Gannett
Other Titles
Former Title: View of Cambridge Common from the Seat of Caleb Gannett
Work Type
c. 1808-1809
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Watercolor on cream wove paper
43.5 x 69.8 cm (17 1/8 x 27 1/2 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: l.r.: Drawn by D. Bell
  • inscription: l.c.: Cambridge Common from Seat of Caleb Gannett, Esq./ Comprehending a view of Harvard University
Nehemiah Parsons; his daughter, Miss Anna Q.T. Parsons, Roxbury, MA; to Harvard University Archives, 1902.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard University Portrait Collection/ Harvard University Archives, Gift of Miss Anna Q.T. Parsons, 1902
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Charles Warren, History of the Harvard Law School and of Early Legal Conditions in America, Lewis Publishing Co. (New York), ill. p. 330

Harvard Graduates' Magazine Association, "The Library", Harvard Graduates Magazine (1902), vol. X, 1901-1902, pp. 401-402

Fifth Report of William Coolidge Lane, Librarian of Harvard University (Cambridge, MA, 1902), p. 221

Annual Report of the President and the Treasurer of Harvard College 1901-1902 (Cambridge, MA, 1903), p. 221

William C. Lane, "Early View of Harvard College", The Harvard Graduates' Magazine (March 1904), vol. XII, pp. 349-358, pp. 354-357, ill. opp. 341

The Colonial Society of Massachusetts, Publications of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, Vol. VII, Transactions 1900-1902 (Boston, MA, 1905), p. 274, note 1

Hamilton Vaughan Bail, Views of Harvard: A Pictorial Record to 1860, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1949), pp. 120-122, pl. XXX

Linda Ayres, Harvard Divided, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1976), pp. 144-145, cat. 84, ill.

Charles Capper, Margaret Fuller: An American Romantic Life, The Private Years, Oxford University Press (UK) (Oxford, 1992), ill. opp. p. 208, fig. 6

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), p. 88, cat. 39, ill.

Exhibition History

Harvard Divided, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 06/03/1976 - 10/10/1976

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