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Hood Museum of Art
Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH 03755
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Portraiture

Dartmouth has long collected portraits of Dartmouth associates. As early as 1793, the College commissioned Dartmouth graduate and self-taught artist Joseph Steward, Class of 1780, to paint full-length portraits of the College's founder, Eleazar Wheelock, and early trustee John Phillips. Several decades later, alumnus George Shattuck commissioned Francis Alexander, Chester Harding, and Thomas Sully to depict the four attorneys who helped to defend Dartmouth's original charter in the famous Dartmouth College Case, decided in the College's favor by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1819. The most famous and influential of these was Daniel Webster, Dartmouth Class of 1801, who has been honored by many portraits in the collection, including one by Gilbert Stuart. Other, non-Dartmouth portraits in the collection include examples by Samuel F. B. Morse, G. P. A. Healy, James McNeill Whistler, Thomas Eakins, Irving Wiles, John Sloan, and Paul Sample.

 

Some highlights with entries from the Hood collection catalogue American Art at Dartmouth:

Francis Alexander, Daniel Webster, 1835

Francis Alexander, Jeremiah Smith, about 1820-35

Thomas Eakins, The Architect, 1896-98

Ralph Earl, Portrait of a Lady, 1784

Chester Harding, Jeremiah Mason, 1835

Chester Harding, Mrs. Daniel (Grace Fletcher) Webster, 1827

G. P. A. Healy, George Perkins Marsh, about 1845

Samuel F.B. Morse, Erastus Torrey, 1816

John Sloan, Floyd Dell, 1914

John Sloan, Self-Portrait, Working, 1916

Joseph Steward, The Reverend Eleazar Wheelock, 1793-96

Thomas Sully, George Ticknor, 1831

Thomas Sully, Joseph Hopkinson, 1835

Gilbert Stuart, American, Daniel Webster, 1817

James McNeill Whistler, Dr. Isaac Burnet Davenport, 1895-1902/3

Irving Ramsey Wiles, Emily Henderson Cowperthwaite, 1902

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last Updated: 5/13/09