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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Washington Allston, American (Georgetown, SC 1779 - 1843 Cambridge, MA)
Fern, Blackberry and Smartweed; verso: Ceiling, for "Belshazzar's Feast"
Other Titles
Former Title: Fauna and Leaves of Branch; verso: perspective line drawing
Former Title: Fern and Leaves
Work Type
c. 1804
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Physical Descriptions

Graphite on off-white wove paper
21.7 x 28.7 cm (8 9/16 x 11 5/16 in.)


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

  • Edgar P. Richardson, "Allston and the Development of Romantic Color", The Art Quarterly (Winter 1944), vol. VII, pp. 33-57, p. 45
  • Edgar P. Richardson, Washington Allston: A Study of the Romantic Artist in America, University of Chicago Press (Chicago, IL, 1948), p. 69
  • Kenyon Castle Bolton, III, "The Drawings of Washington Allston: A Catalogue Raisonné" (Ph.D. Diss., Harvard University, 1977), no. 148, reproduced in b/w fig. 400; verso, no. 51D, fig. 122
  • 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. 212, cat. 77, 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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