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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Washington Allston, American (Georgetown, SC 1779 - 1843 Cambridge, MA)
Mensuration: Drawing to Illustrate a Geometry Problem (IV)
Other Titles
Former Title: Mensuration: Man Dancing on a Keg; verso: Mensuration: A Building
Work Type
c. 1796-1800
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Physical Descriptions

Brown ink on ivory laid paper
23.7 x 18.8 cm (9 5/16 x 7 3/8 in.)
framed: 48.6 × 38.4 × 3.2 cm (19 1/8 × 15 1/8 × 1 1/4 in.)


Recorded Ownership History
To the artist's wife Martha Dana Allston at his death, 1843; to the Washington Allston Trust, 1862; permanent loan to the Fogg Art Museum, 1955

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Loan from The Washington Allston Trust
Object Number
European and American Art

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Publication History

  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Dana, "Allston at Harvard 1796 to 1800", Cambridge Historical Society. Publications, Proceedings for the Year 1943 (Cambridge, MA, 1948), vol. 29, ill. p.
  • Thomas W. Leavitt, "Washington Allston at Harvard", Harvard Alumni Bulletin (Cambridge, MA, April 21, 1956), vol. 58, no. 13, p. 551
  • Kenyon Castle Bolton, III, "The Drawings of Washington Allston: A Catalogue Raisonné" (Ph.D. Diss., Harvard University, 1977), no. 215A, reproduced in b/w fig. 537; verso, no. 215B, fig. 538
  • William H. Gerdts and Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., "A Man of Genius": The Art of Washington Allston (1779-1843), exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston, MA, 1979), p. 202, cat. 71, ill.

Exhibition History

  • "A Man of Genius": The Art of Washington Allston (1779-1843), Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 12/12/1979 - 02/03/1980; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 02/28/1980 - 04/27/1980
  • The Philosophy Chamber: Art and Science in Harvard’s Teaching Cabinet, 1766–1820, The Hunterian Art Gallery, Glasgow, 04/17/2018 - 07/15/2018

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