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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Washington Allston, American (Georgetown, SC 1779 - 1843 Cambridge, MA)
The Buck's Progress I: The Introduction of a Country Lad to a Club of Town Bucks
Work Type
Persistent Link

Physical Descriptions

Watercolor and white gouache over graphite on tan wove paper
25.5 x 29.5 cm (10 1/16 x 11 5/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: inscribed brown ink, l.r.: Washington Allston Nov. 10th 1796 THE BUCKS PROGESS./ Number I. The Introduction of a country Lad to a Club of Town Bucks/ [second line unclear]


Recorded Ownership History
Dr. Thaddeus William Harris (Librarian of Harvard College) by 1844, by descent; to granddaughter, Mrs. Frank M. Clark, Cambridge, MA, by descent; to Lewis H. Clark, Brookline, MA, by descent; his gift to the Harvard University Art Museums, 2003.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Lewis H. Clark, Class of 1947
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art

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Publication History

  • [Letter from Leonard Jarvis to Richard Henry Dana I], February 12, 1844, Massachusetts Historical Society
  • Jared B. Flagg, The Life and Letters of Washington Allston, Charles Scribner's Sons (New York, NY, 1892), p. 14
  • Samuel Isham, The History of American Painting, The Macmillan Company (New York, 1905), p. 109
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Dana, "Allston at Harvard 1796 to 1800", Cambridge Historical Society. Publications, Proceedings for the Year 1943 (Cambridge, MA, 1948), vol. 29, pp. 21-23, ill.
  • Edgar P. Richardson, Washington Allston: A Study of the Romantic Artist in America, University of Chicago Press (Chicago, IL, 1948), pp. 29-30, p. 184, no. 1, pl. II
  • The Paintings of Washington Allston, exh. cat., Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami (Coral Gables, FL, 1975), p. 10
  • 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. 59
  • Kenyon Castle Bolton, III, "The Drawings of Washington Allston: A Catalogue Raisonné" (Ph.D. Diss., Harvard University, 1977), p. 7, cat. no. 213(A), fig. 534
  • Steven J. Novak, The Rights of Youth: American Colleges and Student Revolt, 1798-1815, Harvard University Press (Cambridge and London, 1977), p. 49, ill. p. 50
  • William H. Gerdts and Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., "A Man of Genius": The Art of Washington Allston (1779-1843), exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston, MA, 1979), pp. 20, 21, 59, 203-205, fig. 71 (with incorrect caption)
  • Diana J. Strazdes, "Washington Allston's Early Career 1796-1811" (1982), pp. 20-24, fig. 4
  • David Bjelajac, Millennial Desire and the Apocalyptic Vision of Washington Allston, Smithsonian Institution Press (Washington, DC and London, 1988), pp. 59-60, fig. 16
  • Nathalia Wright, ed., The Correspondence of Washington Allston, The University Press of Kentucky (Lexington, KY, 1993), p. 22
  • 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. 35, 48-51, cat. 6, ill.

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