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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Washington Allston, American (Georgetown, SC 1779 - 1843 Cambridge, MA)
Old Man Resting against a Rock
Other Titles
Former Title: Oval Landscape: Bearded Old Man with Hat, Asleep Against a Rock
Work Type
c. 1799-1800
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Physical Descriptions

Black ink and gray wash on off-white laid paper
12 x 18.5 cm (4 3/4 x 7 5/16 in.)
image (oval):: 8.6 x 12.1 cm (3 3/8 x 4 3/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: verso, black ink, in artist's hand: [entirely crossed out:] Steal, soft enchantress, over my soul / Mould every thought to thy control. / Then bear me to some lonely brook / Where sings the ear-delighting rook; / There on the willowy bank reclin'd // Bent o'er the wave, as softly sighs / Its gentle murmur to the passing wind, / With pensive joy my waking eyes / Shall feed the tide. / And find a [ ] in [ ] tear.


Recorded Ownership History
To the artist's wife Martha Dana Allston at his death, 1843; to the Washington Allston Trust, 1862.

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

  • Kenyon Castle Bolton, III, "The Drawings of Washington Allston: A Catalogue Raisonné" (Ph.D. Diss., Harvard University, 1977), no. 144A, reproduced in b/w fig. 391
  • 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. 207, cat. 73, 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

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