A View of the Principal Buildings of Dartmouth University

attributed to George Ticknor, American, 1791 - 1871



Watercolor and pen and ink over graphite on wove paper

Sheet: 10 13/16 × 13 3/16 in. (27.5 × 33.5 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Gift of John L. Sullivan, Class of 1921; Collection of Dartmouth College Library



North America, United States


19th century

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Not on view


Inscribed, on sheet, matted separately below image: Where late the Savage roam'd in search of prey / Fair science spreads her all enlivening ray. / The ancient forest fall'n; its inmates fled; / See Seats and Sons of learning in their stead! / 'Tis scenes like these, that freedom's pow'r disclose, / She makes the desert blofsom like the rose. / This view of the principal Buildings of Dartmouth University is humbly inscribed / to the Honorable John Wheelock, Esquire, L.L.D President, by, / George Ticknor, Delineator, / and Member of the Sophomore Class, aged eleven years. July 1803

Exhibition History

"The Godlike Black Dan, A Selection of Portraits from Life in Commemoration of the Two Hundredth Anniversary of the Birth of Daniel Webster", National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C., June 4-November 28, 1982.

Publication History

Philip N. Cronenwett, Treasures from Dartmouth College's Rauner Library, Hanover, New Hampshire: Trustees of Dartmouth College, 2001, p. 5, ill. cover, listed p. 7, checklist no. 58.

Patricia Harris, Art of the State of New Hampshire, New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2000, 96 p., ill.

Oliver S. Hayward, M.D. and Constance E. Putnam, Improve, Perfect, & Perpetuate: Dr. Nathan Smith and Early American Medical Education, Hanover: University Press of New England, 1998, ill., p. 129.

Lee Epstein and Thomas G. Walker, Constitutional Law for a Changing America: Institutional Powers and Constraints, Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly Press, c1995, 651 p., ill.

James Barber and Frederick Voss, The Godlike Black Dan, A Selection of Portraits from Life in Commemoration of the Two Hundredth Anniversary of the Birth of Daniel Webster, Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1982, p. 48.

Frederick Voss, Portraits of the American Law, Washington, D.C.: University of Washington Press, 1989, p. 58.

David J. Berg, Dartmouth '16 (for FS 38: Advanced Animation, 16S, 2016, link to the video: https://vimeo.com/168835700

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. 28, 247, ill. p. 28, fig. 24.


John L. Sullivan; Dartmouth College Library collection.

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