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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1943.310
People
John La Farge, American (New York, NY 1835 - 1910 Providence, RI)
Title
Chinese Pi-tong
Other Titles
Former Title: Still Life with Chinese Vase of Roses
Classification
Drawings
Work Type
drawing
Date
1879
Culture
American
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/307925
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Watercolor and gouache over graphite on off-white wove paper
Dimensions
43.2 x 43.2 cm (17 x 17 in.)
Provenance
Purchased, probably from the artist, by Joshua Montgomery Sears, Boston, 1879; his bequest to Sarah Choate Sears, his wife, Boston, 1905; her bequest to Sarah Sears (Mrs. J.D. Cameron) Bradley, her daughter, Boston, 1935; her sale to Macbeth Gallery, New York, 1942; their sale to Scott and Fowles, Boston, 1942; their sale to Grenville L. Winthrop, New York, 1942.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
1943
Object Number
1943.310
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Publication History

Henry A. La Farge, Catalogue Raisonné of the Works of John La Farge, Unpublished (n.d.), card 107

Mariana Griswold Van Rensselaer, "Recent Pictures in New York", The American Architect and Building News (March 22, 1879), no. 5, pp. 93-94, pp. 93 - 94

"Studies of the Artists", The New York Times (New York, NY, February 5, 1879), p.5, p. 5

Clarence Cook, "The American Water Color Society", New York Daily Tribune (New York, NY, February 1, 1879), p. 5, p. 5

"The Society of American Water-Colors", Scribner's Monthly (June 1879), no. 18, pp. 310 - 311

Susan Nichols Carter, "The Water-Colour Exhibition", Art Journal (New York, May 1879), n.s., no. 5, pp. 93-95, p. 94

Illustrated Catalogue of the Twelfth Annual Exhibition of the American Water Color Society, exh. cat., American Water Color Society (New York, NY, 1879), no. 15

"Minor Exhibitions", The Art Amateur (April 1895), no. 32, pp. 132-33, pp. 132 - 133

Bancel La Farge, List and Lenders, Durand-Ruel Exhibition, Unpublished (1895)

"Boston Views Art of La Farge", The Boston Herald (Boston, MA, December 28, 1910), p. 3, p. 3

"The Fine Arts: La Farge's Work", Boston Evening Transcript (Boston, MA, December 28, 1910), p. 19

Kenyon Castle Bolton, III, Peter G. Huenink, Earl A. Powell III, Harry Z. Rand, and Nanette C. Sexton, American Art at Harvard, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1972), cat. 79, ill.

Donelson F. Hoopes, American Watercolor Painting, Watson-Guptill Publications (New York, NY, 1977), pp. 63, 114, pl. 18

Marjorie B. Cohn, Wash and Gouache: A Study of the Development of the Materials of Watercolor, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, 1977), pp. 43, 69, 101, cat. 33, p. 80 notes 12 & 24

Kathleen A. Foster, "The Still-Life Paintings of John La Farge", American Art Journal (Summer 1979), no. 11, pp. 4-37, pp. 4 - 37

Doreen Bolger Burke, J. Alden Weir: An American Impressionist, exh. cat., University of Delaware Press (Newark, DE, 1983), pp. 157 - 158, reproduced

Henry B. Adams, “John La Farge and Japan”, Apollo (February 1984), pp.120-29, pp. 120 - 129, reproduced p. 127

Barbara Dayer Gallati, "The Watercolors of John La Farge", The Magazine Antiques (December 1987), no. 132, pp. 1290-1301, p. 1294, ill. p. 1291

Henry B. Adams, “John La Farge, The Inventive Maverick”, Smithsonian (July 1987), pp.46-61, reproduced p. 48

Henry B. Adams, “John La Farge: America's Genteel Old Master”, Carnegie Magazine, Carnegie Institute (Pittsburgh, PA, November 1987 - December 1987), no. 58, ill. p. 48

Henry B. Adams et al., John La Farge: Essays, exh. cat., Abbeville Press (New York, NY, 1987), pp. 45; 136 - 137, reproduced

Meredith Fife Day, "John La Farge: Painter, Designer, Draftsman, Illustrator, and Muralist", Belmont Herald (Belmont, MA, March 20, 1988), p. 3

"The Creative Diversity of John La Farge", USA Today Magazine, USA Today Magazine (March 1988), no. 116, ill. p. 47

Sue Welsh Reed and Carol Troyen, Awash in Color: Homer, Sargent, and the Great American Watercolor, exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston, MA, 1993), p. xxiv

Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., "American Watercolors and Pastels, 1875-1950", American Art Review (April 2006), XVIII, no. 2, pp. 88-93, repr. p. 90

Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., American Watercolors and Pastels 1875-1950 at the Fogg Art Museum, brochure, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2006), checklist, repr. (n.p.)

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), p. 190, cat. no. 147, reproduced in color, p. 191

James L. Yarnall, John La Farge, A Biographical and Critical Study, Ashgate Publishing (Burlington, VT, 2012), pp. xvi, 122, 223, repr. as pl. 19

Kathleen A. Foster, American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent, exh. cat., Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia, 2017), pp. 172, 174, fig. 142, 196

Exhibition History

Twelfth Annual Exhibition of the American Society of Painters in Water Colors, American Water Color Society, New York, 01/01/1879 - 03/01/1879

Regular Water-Color Exhibit, St. Botolph Club, 03/01/1890 - 03/31/1890

Harvard Exhibition, World's Columbian Exposition site, Chicago, 05/01/1893 - 11/30/1893

Paintings, Studies, Sketches and Drawings, Mostly Records of Travel 1886 and 1890 - 91 by John La Farge, Durand-Ruel [New York], New York, 02/25/1895 - 03/25/1895

La Farge Memorial Exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 01/01/1911 - 01/31/1911

Loan Exhibition of Paintings by John La Farge and His Descendants, Wildenstein Gallery, New York, New York, 03/01/1931 - 03/31/1931

Prints and Drawings by Winslow Homer and John La Farge, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 06/25/1936 - 08/02/1936

American Art at Harvard, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/19/1972 - 06/18/1972

Wash and Gouache: A Study of the Development of the Materials of Watercolor, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 05/12/1977 - 06/22/1977

American Watercolors and Pastels, 1875-1950, at the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/08/2006 - 06/25/2006

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