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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Washington Allston, American (Georgetown, SC 1779 - 1843 Cambridge, MA)
The Buck's Progress III: A Midnight Fray with Watchmen
Work Type
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Watercolor and white gouache over graphite on tan wove paper
24.5 x 29.1 cm (9 5/8 x 11 7/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: inscribed brown ink, l.r.: Washington Allston Nov. 10th 1796 THE BUCK'S PROGRESS./ Number III. A Midnight Fray with Watchmen; Verso: Washington Count Alston
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; Harvard University Art Museum purchase, 2003.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Purchase through the generosity of Barbara Glauber, Michael Maher, J. Andrew Miller, Daniel A. Pollack, and Ann Schwarz
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. 3

James Thomas Flexner, The Light of Distant Skies: American Painting, 1760-1835, Dover Publications Inc. (New York, 1954), p. 125, pl. 53

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(C), fig. 536

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. 51

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. 69 (with incorrect caption)

Diana J. Strazdes, "Washington Allston's Early Career 1796-1811" (1982), pp. 20-24, fig. 6

David Bjelajac, Millennial Desire and the Apocalyptic Vision of Washington Allston, Smithsonian Institution Press (Washington, DC and London, 1988), pp. 59-60, fig. 18

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), p. 35, 49-51, cat. 8, ill.

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