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Paul Sample, Dartmouth Row

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Paul Sample

Dartmouth Row
Watercolor with touches of pen and ink over graphite on wove paper
Gift of Frank L. Harrington Jr., Class of 1950, in memory of Frank L. Harrington Sr., Class of 1924; 2006.6

Dartmouth Row is one of several images that Paul Sample (1896-1974) made of the Dartmouth College campus—a place held dear by the artist and many of his admirers. Following a period of study and teaching in Los Angeles, Sample returned to his alma mater in 1938 as artist-in-residence. He went on to develop a national reputation for his views of northern New England, while inspiring students and other members of the Dartmouth community through the art classes he offered on a noncredit basis until 1962.

This watercolor, painted in 1963, captures the vibrancy of the Dartmouth green in springtime. Some students appear headed for class, while others take advantage of the fair weather to recreate and socialize. The watercolor was originally commissioned by Frank L. Harrington Sr., Class of 1924, who served as a trustee of the College from 1962 until 1971 and donated an outstanding collection of Colonial American silver to the Hood. Frank L. Harrington Jr., Class of 1950, recently donated the watercolor in memory of his father.

Barbara MacAdam
Jonathan L. Cohen Curator of American Art

Last Updated: 11/14/06