The Last Moments of Tom Coffin

Thomas Sully, American, 1783 - 1872

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1824

Black ink wash with traces of pen and brown ink over graphite on wove paper, with watercolor wash border

Sheet: 7 7/16 × 2 5/16 in. (18.9 × 5.9 cm)

Mount: 8 11/16 × 11 1/8 in. (22.1 × 28.2 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Katharine T. and Merrill G. Beede 1929 Fund

D.999.39

Geography

Place Made: United States, North America

Period

19th century

Object Name

Drawing

Research Area

Drawing

Not on view

Inscriptions

Signed and dated, lower left: TS [in monogram] 1824; inscribed, on mount, lower center: "The last moments of Tom Coffin" Designed from Coopers novel of the "Pilot". Presented by Thos. Sully / to his friend J. Neagle. 1827; inscribed, by Neagle, on mount lower left: (NB [in monogram]. The above is written by Mr. Sully)

Course History

ENGL 29, American Fiction to 1900, Colleen Boggs, Spring 2014

Exhibition History

American Works on Paper to 1950: Highlights from the Hood Museum of Art, Friends and Owen Robertson Cheatham Galleries, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, September 22-December 9, 2007.

Israel Sack Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, March 2-November 1, 2009.

Marks of Distinction: Two Hundred Years of American Drawings and Watercolors from the Hood Museum of Art, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, March 29-May 29, 2005; Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan, June 24-September 11, 2005; National Academy Museum, New York City, New York, October 20-December 31, 2005.

This Land: American Engagement with the Natural World, Owen Robertson Cheatham Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth, Hanover, New Hampshire, January 5–April 18, 2022.

Publication History

Barbara J. MacAdam, Marks of Distinction: Two Hundred Years of American Drawings and Watercolors from the Hood Museum of Art, Manchester, Vermont: Hudson Hills Press, 2005, pp. 19, 41, 60, 251, ill. p. 61, no. 4.

Provenance

The artist; to John Neagle (1796-1865), 1827; by descent to Neagle's Great-granddaughter, Mrs. E.H. Brodhead Jr.; Sotheby's Arcade Auction, New York, New York, "American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture," March 25, 1997, lot 108A; to Spanierman Gallery, LLC, New York, New York; sold to present collection, 1999.

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