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Identification and Creation

Object Number
William Rimmer, American (Liverpool, England 1816 - 1879 S. Milford, MA)
William Morris Hunt, American (Brattleboro, VT 1824 - 1879 Isles of Shoals, NH)
Tracing from William Morris Hunt's "The Discoverer" Fresco, Assembly Chamber, State Capitol, Albany, New York
Work Type
19th century
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Physical Descriptions

Charcoal on ivory laid paper, with attached border of blue wove paper
29 x 44.2 cm (11 7/16 x 17 3/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • watermark: LALANNE
  • inscription: l.r., black ink: The design "Discovery" [sic] can be easily seen
  • inscription: u.r., graphite: This is the sheet father used in tracing / in Hunt's drawing of Discovery [sic] he rubbed it with / charcoal for transfer & this is one used against / the painting which was spoiled by the black [striking?] / through in use of alcohol--
  • inscription: verso, l.r., black ink: This is the sheet which when met with / fixitif [sic] struck through to the picture of father's "The Battlefield" against which it leaned & spoiled father's / painting named above. // This is the sheet of paper used by / my father, W. Rimmer, in his art to help / Mr. W. M. Hunt in his first sketches for Albany Frescoes / This Discovery [sic]-- father was tracing so as accurately to locate / the design by Mr. H. and not destroy it in his corrections or suggestions in the / corrections asked for by Mr. Hunt of my father. C. H. Rimmer


Recorded Ownership History
From the artist to his daughter Caroline Hunt Rimmer, at his death, 1879; to her niece Edith Rimmer Durham Simonds, 1918; purchased by the Fogg Art Museum, 1936.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Louise E. Bettens Fund
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art

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Publication History

  • Jeffrey Weidman, "William Rimmer: Critical Catalogue Raisonné" (Thesis, Indiana University, 1981), Indiana University, no. 387, pp. 1181-1182

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