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Identification and Creation
Object Number
John La Farge, American (New York, NY 1835 - 1910 Providence, RI)
The Dawn
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Dawn Comes on the Edge of Night
Work Type
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Black crayon on darkened tan paper
33.7 x 32.4 cm (13 1/4 x 12 3/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: black crayon, l.r.: La Farge 80
  • inscription: l.l., black ink: Copyright by John La Farge 1903
  • exhibition label: [1990], verso of backing board, paper: #52
  • exhibition label: [1976], verso of backing board, paper: no. 76.1.158
  • inscription: verso of mount, black ink: The Dawn / Vanderbilt [noted in Yarnall catalogue]
  • label: verso of mount, paper: The Dawn / Vanderbilt [noted in Yarnall catalogue]
  • exhibition label: [1987], verso of mount, paper: no. 93
  • label: verso of mount, paper: AAG / 144
[Doll and Richards, Boston MA, 1899, 1901]. [William Macbeth Gallery, New York NY, 1909], sold; to Mrs. George Theodore Bliss (Jeannette Dwight), New York, NY, 1909; to her nephew, Frederick A. Dwight, Rumson, NJ, 1917. Gift of Mr. Dwight's family to the Fogg Art Museum, 1940.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of the Family of the late Frederick A. Dwight of Rumson, New Jersey
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Henry A. La Farge, Catalogue Raisonné of the Works of John La Farge, Unpublished (n.d.), card 916

"La Farge Art Studies An Interesting Exhibit", Boston Daily Advertiser (Boston, MA, March 20, 1909), p. 5

Frederick Stymetz Lamb, "John La Farge", Stained Glass (May 1913), no. 1, pp. i - vii

Josephine L. Allen, "Exhibition of the Work of John La Farge", The Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY, April 1936), vol. XXXI, no. 4, pp. 74-78

Joan C. Siegfried, American Allegorical Paintings, Drawings and Prints, exh. cat., Skidmore College (Saratoga Springs, NY, 1968), no. 13, p. 21, reproduced as fig. 8

Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., American Master Drawings and Watercolors: A History of Works on Paper from Colonial Times to the Present, Harper & Row (New York, NY, 1976), p. 210, fig. 171

Helen Barbara Weinberg, "The Decorative Work of John La Farge" (Thesis, Columbia University, 1977), Garland Press, pp. 416, 418; reproduced fig. 326

Henry A. La Farge, "John La Farge's Work in the Vanderbilt Houses", The American Art Journal (Autumn 1984), vol. XVI, fig. 38, pp. 54 - 56

Martha Banta, Imaging American Women: Idea and Ideals in Cultural History, Columbia University Press (New York, NY, 1987), p. 397, fig. 19.20

Henry B. Adams et al., John La Farge: Essays, exh. cat., Abbeville Press (New York, NY, 1987), plate 161, pp. 219 - 220, checklist, no. 93

D. Dodge Thompson, "John La Farge's Masterpieces in Stained Glass", The Magazine Antiques (March 1989), vol. CXXXV, pp. 708 - 717, reproduced p. 711

James L. Yarnall, John La Farge: Watercolors and Drawings, exh. cat., Hudson River Museum (Yonkers, NY, 1990), no. 52, fig. 23, p. 37

Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., Virginia Anderson, and Kimberly Orcutt, ed., American Paintings at Harvard, Volume Two, Paintings, Drawings, Pastels and Stained Glass by Artists Born 1826-1856, Harvard Art Museums and Yale University Press (U.S.) (Cambridge, MA and New Haven, CT, 2008), under cat. no. 158

Elisabeth Hodermarsky, John La Farge's Second Paradise: Voyages in the South Seas, 1890-1891, exh. cat., Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, 2010), pp. 163-164, fig. 121

Dreaming in Glass: Masterworks by Tiffany and La Farge, auct. cat., Sotheby's, New York (New York, December 12, 2018), p. 65, repr. p. 64

Exhibition History

Catalogue of Works by John La Farge, Montross Gallery, New York, 01/24/1901 - 02/23/1901; Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, 03/27/1901 - 04/10/1901

Paintings and Drawings by John La Farge, Seattle Fine Arts Association, Seattle, 01/04/1909 - 01/16/1909

Exhibition of Glass, Oil and Water Color Paintings and Sketches by John La Farge, Knoedler & Co. Inc., New York, 02/15/1909 - 02/28/1909

Catalogue of Oil and Water Color Paintings and Sketches by John La Farge, Doll and Richards Gallery, Boston, 03/18/1909 - 04/01/1909

John La Farge, Graham Gallery, New York, 05/04/1966 - 06/10/1966

American Allegorical Paintings, Drawings, and Prints, Hathorn Gallery, Saratoga Springs, 04/18/1968 - 05/05/1968

American Master Drawings and Watercolors: A History of Works on Paper from Colonial Times to the Present, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, 09/01/1976 - 10/26/1976; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 11/23/1976 - 01/23/1977; California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, 02/20/1977 - 04/17/1977

John La Farge, National Museum of American Art, Washington, 07/10/1987 - 10/12/1987; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, 11/07/1987 - 01/03/1988; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 02/24/1988 - 04/24/1988

John La Farge: Watercolors and Drawings, Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, 10/28/1990 - 01/06/1991; Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Utica, 02/09/1991 - 04/21/1991

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