Captain Nathan Alden

attributed to Frederick Mayhew, American, 1785 - 1854
formerly attributed to Cephas Thompson, American, 1775 - 1856


about 1820

Oil on canvas

Overall: 25 1/4 × 21 1/8 in. (64.1 × 53.6 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of Eleanor St. George, in memory of her husband, Charles St. George



Place Made: United States, North America


19th century

Object Name


Research Area


Not on view


Label on reverse: Cephas Thomas (Itinerant Painter of Middleboro, Mass. / Portrait of Captain Nathan Alden (21 x 25") / (6th in line from John & priscilla Alden). / Purchased about 1912 from the Alden Family who lived on the Shores of the Chautaugua New York where the Aldens formerly has migrated from Middleboro Mass.

Exhibition History

American 19th Century Paintings, Beaumont Gallery, Hopkins Center Art Galleries, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, October 4-31, 1974.

New Selections from the College Collection, Carpenter Hall, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, February 23-June 30, 1979.

Portraits at Dartmouth, Jaffe-Friede Gallery, Hopkins Center Art Galleries, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire,March 10-April 16, 1978.

Publication History

Arthur R. Blumenthal, Portraits at Dartmouth, Hanover, New Hampshire: Trustees of Dartmouth College, 1978, p. 53, no. 46.


Alden Family, Lake Chautauqua, New York; sold to Eleanor St. George (1880-unknown), about 1912; given to present collection, 1952.

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