Dartmouth's early and longstanding tradition of commissioning painted likenesses of College associates has resulted in a large American portrait collection. These Dartmouth-related holdings later expanded to include a broader range of subjects and genres. Areas of particular strength include nineteenth-century landscape paintings (especially images depicting the White Mountains); turn-of-the-twentieth-century paintings associated with the art colonies in Cornish and Dublin, New Hampshire; and works by artists associated with the College, including John Sloan (cousin of Dartmouth president John Sloan Dickey), Paul Sample, Class of 1920, and Ilse Bischoff, who lived in nearby Hartland, Vermont, in her late years. Many of the most significant paintings in the collection, however, do not fall under any of these categories but are critical to the museum's ability to provide a broad overview of the art of North America.
Last Updated: 4/27/07