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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Durr Freedley, American (Indianapolis IN 1888 - 1938 Lexington MA)
Denman W. Ross (1863 - 1936)
Work Type
20th century
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Physical Descriptions

Aqueous paint on plain weave canvas
66.1 x 54.6 cm (26 x 21 1/2 in.)
frame: 91.4 x 78.1 x 7.6 cm (36 x 30 3/4 x 3 in.)


Recorded Ownership History
Howard Moise and John Howard Benson, gift; to the Fogg Art Museum, 1938.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Howard Moise and Howard Benson in memory of Durr Freedley
Accession Year
Object Number
Modern and Contemporary Art

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Publication History

  • Memorial Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings [by] Durr Freedley, brochure, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1938), no. 17
  • Durr Freedley Memorial Exhibition, brochure, Walker Galleries (New York, NY, 1939), no. 8
  • Faber Birren, History of Color in Painting, Reinhold Publishing Co. (New York, NY, 1965), repr., fig. 3-39
  • Rebecca Stone-Miller, "To Weave for the Sun", HALI (August 1992), vol. 14, no. 4, issue 64, pp. 120-127, repr. in b/w fig. 4, p. 121
  • Craig Hugh Smyth, ed., The Early Years of Art History in the United States: Notes and Essays on Departments, Teaching, and Scholars, Princeton University (Princeton, NJ, 1993), repr. in b/w, fig. 27
  • Marie Frank, "Denman Waldo Ross and the Theory of Pure Design", American Art (Fall 2008), 22 no. 3, pp. 72-89, p. 73, repr. p. 72
  • Nancy Whipple Grinnell, Reviving Durr Freedley: Newport's Forgotten Artist, exh. cat., Newport Art Museum (Newport, RI, 2015), p. 15, fig. 5, ill (color)

Exhibition History

  • Memorial Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings by Durr Freedley, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 10/06/1938 - 10/20/1938; Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, 11/01/1938 - 11/30/1938
  • Durr Freedley Memorial Exhibition, Walker Galleries, New York, 01/03/1939 - 01/21/1939
  • Reviving Durr Freedley: Newport's Forgotten Artist, Newport Art Museum, Newport, 09/26/2015 - 01/18/2016

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