Mrs. Daniel (Grace Fletcher) Webster (1781-1828)

Chester Harding, American, 1792 - 1866


about 1828

Oil on canvas

Overall: 36 × 29 in. (91.5 × 73.6 cm)

Frame: 48 × 41 1/2 in. (121.9 × 105.4 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of the William L. Bryant Foundation



Place Made: United States, North America


19th century

Object Name


Research Area


On view


Labels, on reverse: Label 1) [printed] ROBERT C. VOSE / 559 BOYLSTON ST. / (COPLEY SQUARE) / BOSTON, MASS. / [typed] #11727 / MRS. DANIEL WEBSTER / BY / CHESTER HARDING; Label 2) UNIDENTIFIED LABEL: TO BE ATTACHED TO BACK OF FRAME / TITLE Portrait [underlined] / Name of Owner Mrs. [?] Abbott Lawrence [underlined] / Residence: 5 Commonwealth Avenue [underlined] / Name of Artist: Harding [underlined] Value: [line]; Label 3) THE CURRIER GALLERY OF ART / MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE / ARTIST CHESTER HARDING [underlined] / TITLE Portrait of Mrs. Daniel Webster / Grace Fletcher (wife #1) 1968 [underlined]; EXHIBITION Exchange Loan [underlined] / LENT BY Dartmouth College [underlined]; Label 4) Printed: Presented to Dartmouth College / through the / Friends of the Dartmouth Library

Exhibition History

American Art at Dartmouth: Highlights from the Hood Museum of Art, Churchill P. Lathrop Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, June 9-December 9, 2007.

Completing the Picture: Hats, Fashion, and Fine Art, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, March 28-September 24, 2000.

Exhibited as part of the celebration of the publication of the Webster Papers At Dartmouth College, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, April 25-July 9, 1989.

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

The Dartmouth Collection: 19th and 20th Century Paintings, Jaffe-Friede Gallery, Hopkins Center Art Galleries, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, September 17-November 6, 1982.

Women's Clothing and Accessories: 1800-1930, Rotunda, Jaffe-Friede, Strauss and Barrows Galleries, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, December 7, 1979-January 27, 1980.

Publication History

Robert V. Remini, Daniel Webster: The Man and His Time, New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 1997.

Friends of the Dartmouth Library, undated pamphlet, p. 8.

Chester Harding, A Sketch of Chester Harding, Boston: Houghton Mifflin and Company, 1890, p.182.

J.B. McMaster, Daniel Webster, New York: Century,1902, p. 90.

Allan L. Benson, Life of Daniel Webster, New York: Cosmopolitan Book Corporation, 1929, p.56.

Leah Lipton, A Truthful Likeness: Chester Harding and his Portraits, Washington, DC: National Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, 1985, p.187.

Arthur R. Blumenthal, Portraits at Dartmouth, Hanover, New Hampshire: Trustees of Dartmouth College, 1978, p. 55, no. 48.

Ann Millspaugh Huff and Ross Urquhart, Paintings in the Massachusetts Historical Society, Antiques (magazine), November 1985, p.970.

Samuel Isham, The History of American Painting, 1905, fig. 35, p. 166.

Andrew Oliver, Ann Millspaugh Huff, and Edward W. Hanson, Portraits in the Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1988.

S.G. Fisher, The True Daniel Webster, Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Co., 1911, p. 85.

Alice Morse Earle, Two Centuries of Costume in America, New York: The Macmillan Co., 1903, p. 805.

Bonnie Carman Harvey, Daniel Webster: "Liberty and Union, Now and Forever", Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow Publishers, Inc., 2001, 112 pp., ill. p. 32.

Barbara J. MacAdam, American Art at Dartmouth: Highlights from the Hood Muesum of Art, Hanover: Trustees of Dartmouth College, 2007, p. 29, no. 10.


Collection of the sitter, Grace Fletcher Webster (1781-1828) and her husband, Daniel Webster (1782-1852), 1828-1852; to their son, Daniel Fletcher Webster (1813-1862), about 1852-1862; to his wife, Caroline Story White Webster (1811-1886); 1862-1886; to her sister's [Harriette Story White Paige (1809-1886)] daughter, Mrs. Abbott Lawrence [Harrietta Story White Paige Lawrence (1832-1903)], about 1886-1903, 5 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts, about 1886-1903; to her daughter, Mrs. Reginald Foster [Henrietta Story White Lawrence Foster (1867-1952)], about 1903-1952; with Vose Galleries, Boston, about 1952; William L. Bryant Foundation, given to present collection, 1953.

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