List of illustrations

  • Richard, Duke of Gloucester, and the Lady Anne
  • The Cotton Pickers
  • The Peaceable Kingdom and Penn's Treaty, detail
  • Mrs. Hezekiah Beardsley (Elizabeth Davis), detail
  • Cupboard, detail
  • Schrank
  • The Infant, Chief of the Seneca Indians, detail
  • Spinning by Firelight—The Boyhood of George Washington Gray, detail
  • The Bloody Massacre Perpetrated in King-Street Boston on March 5th 1770 by a Party of the 29th Regt., detail
  • The Power of Music
  • Pair of Torah Finials
  • Chest, detail
  • The Resignation of General Washington, December 23, 1783, detail
  • The Bermuda Group (Dean Berkeley and His Entourage)
  • Communion Cup
  • Cottonus Matherus (Cotton Mather)
  • Reverend Ammi Ruhamah Robbins
  • Cann
  • Cann, alternate view
  • Cann, alternate view
  • Sugar Bowl
  • Flagon
  • Dr. Hezekiah Beardsley
  • Mrs. Hezekiah Beardsley (Elizabeth Davis)
  • The Peaceable Kingdom
  • The Peaceable Kingdom and Penn's Treaty
  • Penn's Treaty with the Indians
  • Beaker
  • Alle de Wercken, So ouden als nieuwen
  • High Chest of Drawers
  • Taufschein
  • Tumbler
  • Coffer
  • Pitcher
  • Captain Cold, or Ut-ha-wah
  • George III Indian Peace Medal, so-called Happy While United Medal
  • George III Indian Peace Medal, so-called Happy While United Medal, reverse
  • The Shepherd, one of three so-called Season Medals
  • The Farmer, one of three so-called Season Medals
  • The Family, one of three so-called Season Medals
  • Armband
  • Indians Playing Lacrosse on the Ice
  • Chest
  • Chest
  • Child's Chair
  • Cane
  • Cane, detail
  • Cane, detail
  • Cupboard
  • A Society of Patriotic Ladies, at Edenton in North Carolina
  • The Battle of Bunker's Hill, June 17, 1775, detail
  • The Declaration of Independence
  • George Washington, decorative pin
  • Apotheosis of Washington
  • Major General Friedrich Wilhelm Augustus, Baron von Steuben
  • 1889 to 1789-The Progress of Time
  • The Bloodly Massacre Perpetrated in King-Street Boston on March 5th 1770 by a Party of the 29th Regt.
  • The Bostonians Paying the Excise-Man, or Tarring & Feathering
  • The Bostonians in Distress
  • Powder Horn
  • Powder Horn, alternate view
  • Colonel Obadiah Johnson
  • Trumbull Gallery Broadside
  • The Battle of Bunker's Hill, June 17, 1775
  • The Death of General Montgomery in the Attack on Quebec, December 31, 1775
  • The Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776
  • First Idea of the Declaration of Independence, Paris, Sept. 1786
  • The Capture of the Hessians at Trenton, December 26, 1776
  • The Death of General Mercer at the Battle of Princeton, January 3, 1777
  • The Surrender of General Burgoyne at Saratoga, October 16, 1777
  • The Surrender of Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown, October 19, 1781
  • The Resignation of General Washington, December 23, 1783
  • Henry Laurens; John Jay; John Adams; George Hammond; William Temple Franklin
  • Nathanael Greene; William Hull; Ebenezer Stevens; Thomas Youngs Seymour; John Brooks
  • Rufus King; Fisher Ames; “The Infant,” Chief of the Seneca Indians; John Langdon; John Brown
  • Giuseppe Ceracchi; Tristram Dalton;“The Young Sachem,” A Chief of the Six Nations; Theodore Sedgwick; Oliver Ellsworth
  • Otho Holland Williams; Thomas Pinckney; John Rutledge; Charles Cotesworth Pinckney; William Moultrie
  • William Loughton Smith; Rufus Putnam; Jacob Read; Ralph Izard; John Faucheraud Grimké
  • Eleanor (Nelly) Parke Custis (Mrs. Lawrence Lewis); Cornelia Schulyer (Mrs. Washington Morton); Mrs. George Washington (Martha Dandridge, Mrs. Daniel Parke Custis); Sophia Chew (Mrs. Henry Phillips); Harriet Chew (Mrs. Charles Carroll)
  • William Smallwood; Elnathan Haskell; Daniel Morgan; Egbert Benson; Philip John Schuyler
  • Jonathan Trumbull, Jr.; Jonathan Trumbull, Sr.; “Good Peter,” Chief of the Oneida Indians; Lemuel Hopkins; John Trumbull
  • Thomas Mifflin; Samuel Livermore; Laurence Manning; Richard Butler; Arthur Lee
  • Roger Sherman
  • Medal of the Society of the Cincinnati
  • Medal of the Society of the Cincinnati, reverse
  • Plate
  • Hot Milk Pot
  • Chest-on-Chest
  • Chest-on-Chest, detail
  • Liberty. In the form of the Goddess of Youth, giving Support to the Bald Eagle
  • Sword and Scabbard
  • Sword, detail of hilt
  • Sword, detail of hilt (reverse)
  • Engagement between the United States and the Macedonian
  • The Hornet and Peacock, Or, John Bull in Distress
  • Brother Jonathan Administering a Salutary Cordial to John Bull
  • General George Washington at Trenton
  • George Washington at Trenton
  • A Display of the United States of America
  • A Display of the United States of America
  • George Washington
  • George Washington, alternate view
  • Marquis de Lafayette
  • The Marquis de Lafayette
  • Mantel Clock
  • Tablespoon
  • George Washington/Zachary Taylor Quart Flask
  • George Washington/Zachary Taylor Quart Flask, reverse
  • Medal for the Centennial Anniversary of the Birth Day of George Washington
  • Medal for the Centennial Anniversary of the Birth Day of George Washington, reverse
  • The Gold & Silver Artificers of Phila. in Civic Procession, 22 Feb. 1832
  • William Strickland
  • Pitcher
  • Frontispiece from R.S., Jachin and Boaz; or, an Authentic Key to the Door of Free Masonry
  • Masonic Flask
  • Masonic Flask, reverse
  • Frontispiece from R.S., Jachin and Boaz; or, an Authentic Key to the Door of Free Masonry
  • Eagle (Ten Dollars)
  • Eagle (Ten Dollars), reverse
  • So-called Chicken Eagle
  • Fireman's Trumpet
  • Fireman's Trumpet, reverse
  • The Life of a Fireman: The Ruins.—"Take Up."—"Man Your Rope
  • The Life of a Fireman: The New Era. Steam and Muscle
  • After Dinner
  • Self-Portrait
  • Log Cabin Politicians
  • Canvassing for a Vote
  • The County Election
  • The Power of Music!
  • Music is Contagious!
  • Death of Capt. Ferrer, the Captain of Amistad, July 1839
  • Sketches of the Amistad Captives (Malhue)
  • Sketches of the Amistad Captives (Kimbo)
  • Sketches of the Amistad Captives (Saby)
  • Sketches of the Amistad Captives (Marqu)
  • Sketches of the Amistad Captives (Pona)
  • Sketches of the Amistad Captives (Fuli)
  • Sketches of the Amistad Captives (Fargina)
  • Sketches of the Amistad Captives (Boro)
  • Sketches of the Amistad Captives (Grabo)
  • Sketches of the Amistad Captives (Little Kale)
  • Sketches of the Amistad Captives (Farquanar)
  • Sketches of the Amistad Captives (Sar)
  • Cinqué
  • Am I Not a Woman & a Sister, so-called Hard Times Token
  • Am I Not a Woman & a Sister, so-called Hard Times Token, reverse
  • Abraham Lincoln Presidential Campaign Medal
  • Abraham Lincoln Presidential Campaign Medal, reverse
  • Medallion of the Seal of the Society for the Abolition of the Slave Trade
  • Pitcher
  • Pitcher, reverse
  • Spinning by Firelight—The Boyhood of George Washington Gray
  • Hot Milk Jug
  • Hot Milk Jug, detail
  • Lighthouse at Camden, Maine
  • Pitcher
  • Pitcher, reverse
  • Mourning Medal for Col. Elmer E. Ellsworth
  • Mourning Medal for Col. Elmer E. Ellsworth, reverse
  • What Do I Want, John Henry?
  • Rebel Works in front of Atlanta
  • Pontoon Bridge across the Rappahannock
  • Trestle Bridge at Whiteside
  • Pontoon Boat, Brandy Station, Virginia
  • In Front of Yorktown
  • The Veteran (Portrait of George Reynolds)
  • B. Franklin of Philadelphia, L.L.D., F.R.S.
  • Ezra Stiles, detail
  • The Artist in His Museum
  • Miniature Panorama: Scenes from a Seminary for Young Ladies, detail
  • View of St. Louis
  • The Rocky Mountains, Emigrants Crossing the Plains
  • East and West Shaking Hands at Laying Last Rail
  • Buffalo Bill's Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders of the World, cover illustration
  • What an Unbranded Cow Has Cost, detail
  • The Oxbow (The Connecticut River near Northampton)
  • The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
  • Fireman's Trumpet, detail
  • Slum Interior
  • View across West End of Basin, World's Columbian Exposition
  • Pair of Candlesticks
  • Cupboard
  • Monteith
  • Caudle Cup
  • Covered Cup
  • Side Chair
  • Whistle and Bells
  • Elizabeth Moffatt Sherburne
  • John Greenwood's portraits of, from left to right, Katherine Cutt Moffatt, Samuel Cutt Moffatt, Katherine Moffatt Whipple, and John Moffatt, as installed in the parlor of the Moffatt-Ladd House, Portsmouth, N.H.
  • Her Highness The Princess Anne
  • Teakettle on Stand
  • Mr. Isaac Smith; Mrs. Isaac Smith (Elizabeth Storer)
  • Portrait of Jeremiah Lee
  • Portrait of Mrs. Jeremiah Lee (née Martha Swett)
  • Desk and Bookcase
  • William Buckland
  • Charles Willson Peale
  • Dish Ring
  • Pair of Shoe Buckles
  • Mrs. Walter Stewart (Deborah McClenachan)
  • Queen Charlotte
  • Teapot
  • Sideboard
  • Couch
  • Ezra Stiles
  • A Free Mason Form'd out of the Material of his Lodge
  • Cann
  • Cann, reverse
  • Bowl
  • Phi Beta Kappa Key
  • Phi Beta Kappa Key, reverse
  • Columbian Anacreontic Society Medal
  • Columbian Anacreontic Society Medal (Reverse)
  • Self-Portrait
  • Self-Portrait
  • View of the Trumbull Gallery, from Ezekiel Porter Belden, Sketches of Yale College
  • Self-Portrait of the Artist Painting His Wife (Sarah Annis Sully)
  • Self-Portrait
  • American Art-Union Medal Depicting Washington Allston
  • American Art-Union Medal Depicting Washington Allston, reverse
  • American Art-Union Medal Depicting Gilbert Stuart
  • American Art-Union Medal Depicting John Trumbull
  • John Trumbull
  • Portrait of George Eliot and Family
  • Embroidered Coat of Arms
  • Thimble
  • Chatelaine Hook
  • Work Table
  • Needlework Mourning Picture
  • The Microscope
  • The Moon
  • Figure de la lune vue au télescope de l'Observatoire Royal de Paris
  • Horse and Rider
  • Jumping, Running Twist High Jump
  • Woman Throwing a Ball
  • Dr. Agnew (Dr. D. Hayes Agnew)
  • The Agnew Clinic
  • Mount Ktaadn
  • Poughkeepsie Iron Works (Bech's Furnace)
  • Lynn Meadows
  • Hook Mountain, near Nyack, on the Hudson
  • Sudden Shower, Newbury Marshes
  • Old Mill (The Morning Bell)
  • The Country School
  • Cranberry Pickers
  • A South East View of the Great Town of Boston in New England
  • An East Prospective View of the City of Philadelphia, in the Province of Pennsylvania, in North America: taken from the Jersey Shore
  • New York from Heights near Brooklyn
  • New York from Weehawk
  • Platter with a View of New York from Heights near Brooklyn
  • Platter with a View of New York, from Weehawk
  • Broadway, New York / Shewing each Building from the Hygeian Depot corner of Canal Street to beyond Niblo's Garden
  • Shelf Clock
  • Side Chair
  • Decanter
  • Salt
  • Compote
  • Pitcher
  • Pitcher, reverse
  • Pitcher
  • Pitcher
  • Porcelain and Flint Ware, Exhibiting at the Crystal Palace
  • Matteawan. Manufacturing Village, Near Fishkill Landing. N. York
  • Lazell, Perkins & Co. Bridgewater, Mass.
  • Medal
  • Medal, reverse
  • Coffeepot
  • Water pitcher
  • Water pitcher, alternate view (spout)
  • Water pitcher, reverse
  • New York Crystal Palace. For the Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations
  • Medal of the 1853 Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations
  • Medal of the 1853 Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations, reverse
  • Burning of the New York Crystal Palace, on Tuesday Oct. 5th 1858. / During its Occupation for the Annual Fair of the American Institute
  • Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition, Women's Pavilion Medal
  • Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition, Women's Pavilion Medal, reverse
  • Women's Pavilion, on Belmont Avenue, near the Horticultural Grounds, from Frank H. Norton, ed., Frank Leslie's Historical Register of the United States Centennial Exposition
  • Metropolitan Mechanics' Institute Medal
  • Metropolitan Mechanics' Institute Medal, reverse
  • Michigan State Agricultural Society Medal
  • Michigan State Agricultural Society Medal, reverse
  • Medal of the World's Columbian Exposition, 1893
  • Medal of the World's Columbian Exposition, 1893, reverse
  • World's Columbian Exposition Commemorative Presentation Medal, Galvano for Rejected Reserve
  • Covered Two-Handled Urn
  • Plate with a View of the Chief Justice Marshall
  • Plate with a View of the Erie Canal, Aqueduct Bridge at Rochester
  • Pint Flask
  • The Jolly Flat Boat Men
  • Life on the Prairie: The Trappers Defence, "Fire Fight Fire
  • Life on the Prairie: The Buffalo Hunt
  • The Trappers' Camp
  • Sacramento City, Ca. From the Foot of J. Street, showing I. J. & K. St.s with the Sierra Nevada in the Distance
  • Grass Valley, Nevada County, California
  • San-Francisco
  • San Francisco, From California Street
  • Teaspoon
  • Teaspoon, reverse
  • Napkin Clips
  • Enamel Design Sketch for Butterfly Napkin Clip 12
  • Heathen Chinee Pitcher
  • Heathen Chinee Pitcher, alternate view
  • The Morning Market
  • Fort Union & Distribution of Goods to the Assinniboines
  • Fort Union, and Distribution of Goods to the Assinniboines
  • Distribution of Goods to the Gros Ventres
  • Marias River
  • Coeur d'Alene Mission, St. Ignatius River
  • Coeur d'Alene Mission, St. Ignatius River
  • Peluse Falls
  • Kettle Falls Columbia River
  • Across the Continent. Westward the Course of Empire Takes its Way
  • Junction of the Platte Rivers
  • Spanish Peaks from Raton Pass
  • Santa Fe
  • Sewing Table
  • What an Unbranded Cow Has Cost
  • Yosemite Falls, 2634 ft.
  • Bridal Veil Fall, Yosemite
  • The Three Brothers, 4480 ft., Yosemite
  • Falls of the Yosemite
  • Arched Falls, Foot of Mt. Blackmore M.T.
  • Cheyenne Falls
  • Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point Trail
  • Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point Trail, detail
  • Mountain Jack and a Wandering Minor
  • A Game of Croquet
  • Rocky Pool, Bash Bish Falls
  • Central-Park, Winter. The Skating Pond
  • The Grand Drive, Central Park N.Y.
  • John Biglin in a Single Scull
  • The Schreiber Brothers (The Oarsmen)
  • Rail Shooting
  • Self-Portrait of the Artist in His Studio
  • Barberini Sleeping Faun
  • Kathrin (Girl with a Cat)
  • Maud Cook (Mrs. Robert C. Reid)
  • Cabinet
  • Sofa
  • Vase
  • Shell Matching Tebako Box
  • Teapot
  • Teapot
  • Coffeepot
  • Silver Hollow ware shown at the Paris Exhibition of 1878
  • Vase
  • Ice Urn, Goblets, and Slop Bowl
  • Parlor Cabinet
  • Covered Ewer and Stand
  • Covered Ewer and Stand (Reverse)
  • Epithalamios
  • Terpander Singing in Lesbos
  • Covered Ewer and Stand, detail
  • The Capital $ Ceiling Scandal
  • To the Victors Belong the Spoils
  • English Syndicate (British Gold)
  • It Leads U S to A Challenge. It was indeed a "Wild and Reckless" Sacrifice of Blood and Money To Save One's Country To Be Ruled Over by One So Ungrateful!
  • The Tammany Tiger Loose — What Are You Going To Do About It?
  • The Great East River Suspension Bridge. Connecting the Cities of New York and Brooklyn
  • The Port of New York. Bird's Eye View from the Battery, Looking South
  • The City of Chicago
  • Summer
  • At the Sculpture Exhibition
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On a day in early March 1786, during a visit with her husband to the London studio of the American artist Benjamin West, Abigail Adams stood before a painting of the Battle of Bunker Hill by a young American then studying with West, John Trumbull. The painting, later to be titled The Battle of Bunker’s Hill, June...
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​The Bermuda Group commemorates Dean George Berkeley’s ill-fated attempt to found a seminary in Bermuda “for the better supplying of churches in our foreign plantations and for converting the savage Americans to Christianity...
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Although it was made for an English patron, this large beaker reflects the Dutch culture that dominated in New York in the late seventeenth century. Made by Cornelius Yander Burgh, it was presented to Robert Sandersen (1641-ca. 1691) of Schenectady in 1685. The Protestant Sandersens fled England for Holland during the reign of Mary II, eventually settling in Dutch-controlled New York. Sandersen probably received the beaker as a token of gratitude from Robert Livingston, a Scottish merchant and patron, after he served as an interpreter to help Livingston acquire a large tract of land from local Indians...
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Between 1775 and 1865, the United States moved through an awkward adolescence. Politically, culturally, socially, and economically, the new nation gradually gained an independent sense of self. This was a period of often startling growth. The population increased exponentially; a constant stream of settlers spilled onto the frontier,...
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The presence of British troops in colonial Boston had long been a point of contention among the city’s progressive politicians. On the night of 5 March 1770, in King Street, a mob of local men and boys taunted a British sentry standing guard at the city’s customs house...
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From a young age, William Sidney Mount was surrounded by music. As a boy, he lived with his uncle, a musician and composer of considerable talent and reputation, who taught him to play the violin, and the artist passionately pursued his playing throughout his life. In 1824, Mount began his artistic career as an ornament painter in his brother’s New York City sign shop. He eventually became an active member and regular exhibitor at the recently founded National Academy of Design...
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In the fall of 1773, James Boswell and Dr. Samuel Johnson embarked on a tour to the Hebrides in Scotland. On their way they spent two days at Armadale on the Isle of Skye, waiting for a favorable wind for their vessel to carry them northward. While at Armadale, Boswell wrote:
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These candlesticks demonstrate the taste for ostentatious display of the British merchant class that rose to power in Boston in the late seventeenth century, eclipsing the dominance of the founding Puritan oligarchs. Made by Jeremiah Dummer, the first native-born New England silversmith, the candlesticks, the earliest surviving American-made examples known, have traditionally.been associated with the marriage of Elizabeth Usher and David Jeffries in Boston in 1686...
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A 1746 graduate of Yale College, Ezra Stiles (1727–1795) returned as the school’s seventh president in 1778. Stiles, a respected Newport minister, was one of the town’s most erudite citizens. Fluent in several ancient languages, he read Greek and Roman history, philosophy, and the Cabala. In the sciences, Stiles proved no less inquisitive. He corresponded with Benjamin Franklin and conducted some of the earliest electrical experiments in America...
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Frederic Edwin Church traveled to this isolated peak in northern Maine for the first time in 1852, not long after the publication of Henry David Thoreau’s “Ktaadn and the Maine Woods” (1848). The landscape Thoreau called “exceedingly wild and desolate” is subtly brought under control in Church’s Mt. Ktaadn...
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Objects such as this urn, presented to the president of a canal company, reflect the dramatic changes taking place in the United States during the nineteenth century. A revolution in transportation technology was sweeping over the young nation, and improvements such as canals were opening up new trade routes, to the great benefit of the economy...
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With the end of the Civil War in 1865, Americans struggled to find stability after nearly five years of violence and social discord. For Winslow Homer, an artist whose career had been established during the war, the peacetime transition was particularly challenging. In A Game of Croquet, Homer discovered a worthy subject from the world of popular culture, a source previously untapped by American artists...
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