Butterflies and Flowers

Charles Ethan Porter, American, 1847 - 1923


about 1878

Transparent and opaque watercolor over very faint indications of graphite on wove paper

Image: 9 1/16 × 6 1/8 in. (23 × 15.5 cm)

Sight: 12 3/4 × 8 3/4 in. (32.4 × 22.3 cm)

Sheet (Irreg.): 12 7/8 × 9 3/16 in. (32.7 × 23.3 cm)

Frame: 20 3/8 × 16 13/16 × 13/16 in. (51.8 × 42.7 × 2 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Phyllis and Bertram Geller 1937 Memorial Fund



Place Made: United States, North America


19th century

Object Name


Research Area


Not on view


Signed, in graphite, lower center, in composition: C E Porter

Exhibition History

This Land: American Engagement with the Natural World, Israel Sack Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, January 5-April 11, 2022.

Published References

Binstock, Jonathan, P. and Lowery Stokes Sims. African American Art – 200 Years: 40 Distinctive Voices Reveal the Breadth of Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Art. New York: Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, LLC, 2008. Cummings, Hildegard. Charles Ethan Porter: African-American Master of Still Life. New Britain, CT: New Britain Museum of American Art, 2007. Foutch, Ellery. “Capturing Nature: American Artists’ Pursuit of Natural History.” In Flora/Fauna: The Naturalist Impulse in American Art, 75–96. Old Lyme, CT: Florence Griswold Museum, 2017. French, H. W. Art and Artists in Connecticut. Boston: Lee and Shepard, Publishers; New York: Charles T. Dillingham, 1879. Fusscas, Helen K., et al. Charles Ethan Porter: 1847?–1923. Marlborough, CT: The Connecticut Gallery, Inc., 1987. Gerdts, William H. Two Centuries of American Still-Life Painting: The Frank and Michelle Hevrdejs Collection. Houston: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 2016. Mitchell, Mark D. The Art of American Still Life: Audubon to Warhol. Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art in association with Yale University Press, 2015. Parsons, Jennifer Stettler. “Flora/Fauna: The Naturalist Impulse in American Art.” In Flora/Fauna: The Naturalist Impulse in American Art, 13–74. Old Lyme, CT: Florence Griswold Museum, 2017.


Sacks Fine Arts, New York, New York; sold to private collection, New York; Swann Auction Galleries, New York, New York, “African-American Fine Art,” October 4, 2018, Lot 2; sold to present collection, 2018.

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