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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1943.157
People
Thomas Sully, American (Horncastle, Lincolnshire, England 1783 - 1872 Philadelphia, PA)
Title
John McAllister, Jr. (1786-1877)
Classification
Paintings
Work Type
painting
Date
1831
Culture
American
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/311175
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
76.8 x 63.8 cm (30 1/4 x 25 1/8 in.)
framed: 97.2 x 84.5 x 7.9 cm (38 1/4 x 33 1/4 x 3 1/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: inscribed and signed on verso: John McAllister, Jr 1831/aged 45 years/ TS [monogram]. 1831.
Provenance
W. H. McAllister, Philadelphia, PA; purchased from Albert Duveen through Martin Birnbaum by Grenville L. Winthrop, New York, NY, 1942; his bequest to the Fogg Art Museum, 1943.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
1943
Object Number
1943.157
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Publication History

Charles Henry Hart, A Register of Portraits Painted by Thomas Sully, 1801-1871 (Philadelphia, PA, 1909), p. 109, no. 1080

Edward Biddle and Mantle Fielding, The Life and Works of Thomas Sully (1783-1872), Wickersham Press (Philadelphia, PA, 1921), p. 216, no. 1124

Dorothy W. Gillerman, ed., Grenville L. Winthrop: Retrospective for a Collector, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, 1969), p. 238

Louise Todd Ambler and Kenyon Castle Bolton, III, "American Painting at Harvard", Antiques (New York, NY, November 1972), vol. 102, no. 5, pp. 876-883, p. 877-878, fig. 6

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. 42, ill.

Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr. and Melissa Renn, American Paintings at Harvard, Volume One: Paintings, Watercolors, and Pastels by Artists Born before 1826, Yale University Press (U.S.) and Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge and New Haven, 2014), pp. 27, 471-72, cat 437, ill.

Peter John Brownlee, The Commerce of Vision: Optical Culture and Perception in Antebellum America, University of Pennsylvania Press (Philadelphia, 2019), p. 47, repr. as fig. 12

Exhibition History

The American Spirit in Portraiture, 1675 - 1900, Fogg Art Museum, 01/19/1951 - 02/24/1951

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

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