The Jolly Washerwoman

Lilly Martin Spencer, American, 1822 - 1902

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1851

Oil on canvas

Overall: 24 1/2 x 17 1/2 in. (62.2 x 44.5 cm)

Frame: 32 1/2 × 26 1/4 × 3 3/8 in. (82.5 × 66.7 × 8.5 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Purchased through a gift from Florence B. Moore in memory of her husband, Lansing P. Moore, Class of 1937

P.993.25

Geography/Culture

North America, United States

Period

19th century

Object Name

Painting

Classification

Painting

On view

Inscription

Signed and illegibly dated, lower right: Lilly M. Spencer [...]

Course History

GEOG 17, Geopolitics and Third World Development, Patricia Lopez, Spring 2015

GEOG 17, Geopolitics and Third World Development, Patricia Lopez, Spring 2015

HIST 27, WGST 23, Gender and Power in American History from the Colonial Period to the Civil War, Leslie Butler, Spring 2012

Exhibition History

The Sweat of their Face: Portraying American Workers, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., November 3, 2017-September 3, 2018.

Israel Sack Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, September 19, 2003-May 8, 2007.

Israel Sack Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, September 16, 1997-April 21, 2003.

Israel Sack Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, November 16, 1993-June 22, 1997.

Israel Sack Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, March 2, 2009-present.

American Viewpoints: Painting and Sculpture from the Hood Museum of Art, Timken Museum of Art, San Diego, California, May 5-August 31, 2003.

American Art at Dartmouth: Highlights from the Hood Museum of Art, William B. Jaffe and Evelyn A. Jaffe Hall Galleries, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, June 9-December 9, 2007.

Publication History

Weirich, Jochen, "War Spirit at Home: Lilly Martin Spencer, Domestic Painting, and Artistic Hierarchy." Winterthur Portfolio, Vol. 37, No. 1 (Spring 2002), pp. 23-42. Discussed and illustrated on p. 37.

Warner Cadbury, Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait, University of Delaware Press, 1986, p. 82.

Robin Bolton-Smith and William H. Truettner, Lilly Martin Spencer (1822-1902): The Joys of Sentiment, National Collection of Fine Arts, Smithsonian Institution, 1973, pp. 35, 147-148.

Mary L. Knapp, An Old Merchant's House, Life at Home in New York City 1935-1865, New York: Girandole Books and the Merchant's House Museum, 2012, p. 174, no. 83.

Jochen Wierich, War Spirit at Home: Lily Martin Spencer, Domestic Painting, and Artistic Hierarchy, Winterthur Portfolio, 37:1, Winterthur, Delaware: The Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum, Inc., 2002, ill. p. 37.

Ellen Carol DuBois and Lynn Dumenil, Through Women's Eyes: An American History with Documents, Boston and New York: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2005, pp. 143, ill. p. 143.

Elizabeth L. O'Leary, At Beck and Call: The Representation of Domestic Servants in Nineteenth-Century American Painting, Washington and London: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1996, Plate number 3

Derrick R. Cartwright, " American Tales" in The Extraordinary and the Everyday: American Perspectives, 1820-1920, Giverny, France: Musee d'Art Americain Giverny, 2001, pp. 17-18, ill. p.18.

Barbara J. MacAdam, Robert L. McGrath, Katherine Hart, Marlene Elizabeth Heck, "A Mini-Seminar On Two Hood Pieces", Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, Volume 88, Number 8, May 1996, South Burlington: The Lane Press Inc., pp. 48-51, ill. 49

Barbara J. MacAdam, Hood Museum of Art: Recent Acquisitions, American Art Review, Volume VI, Number 6, December 1994-January 1995, Kansas City: American Arts Media, Inc. p. 97, ill. p. 96

Barbara J. MacAdam, Building on Dartmouth's Historic American Collections: Hood Museum of Art Acquisitions since 1985, The Magazine Antiques, November 2007, New York: Brant Publications, color ill. p. 149.

Barbara J. MacAdam, American Art at Dartmouth: Highlights from the Hood Muesum of Art, Hanover: Trustees of Dartmouth College, 2007, p. 42-3, no. 23.

American Viewpoints (brochure for exhibition), San Diego, California: Timken Museum of Art, May 9-August 31, 2003, 8 pp., checklist no. 15.

Alice Gomstyn, "What's Under the Hood? A peek at some of the rarest and most offbeat items housed in the College's Hood Museum of Art," Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, vol. 96 no. 4, Hanover, New Hampshire: Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, March-April 2004, pp. 30-31, ill. pp. 31.

Provenance

The artist; sold to American Art-Union, New York, New York, 1851; purchased by John Osborn, Brooklyn, New York, at an American Art-Union auction, December 15-17, 1852; sold to Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait (1819-1905), agent for Louis Prang, 1868; private collections, date unknown-1993; Berry-Hill Galleries, New York, New York (attributed to Meyer von Bremen); to Herbert Roman, New York, New York (art dealer); to Charles Lalli, Mattapoisett, Massachusetts (art dealer, who recognized it as a work by Spencer); to Brown-Corbin Fine Arts, Lincoln, Massachusetts; sold to present collection, 1993.

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