Objects - Art

The fine art included in our collection ranges from classical portraiture to advertisements and shows how Vermonters both saw themselves and wanted others to see them. This collection includes paintings, sculpture, works on paper, and folk art.

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A Little River
Name/Title
A Little River
Entry/Object ID
1998.10.1
Description
Hand-colored photographic print showing a river bed with a road beside it. The photograph shows evidence of editing where telephone poles and wires have been removed. The print is cut close and top mounted onto an embossed mat. It is labeled in pencil "A Little River / Wallace Nutting" beneath the print.
Artwork Details
Paper
New Hampshire
Acquisition
Accession Number
1998.10
Source or Donor
FIC
Acquisition Method
Found in Collection
Made or Created
Artist
Nutting, Wallace
Lexicon
Print, Photographic,Photograph,Graphic Documents,Documentary Objects,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
A Vt. Kitchen Tunket
Interpretative Labels
Kitchen Tunket, 1935-1945 Napolean DeGuise (1894-1950) Waterbury, Vermont Pine Gift of Cornelia Tarbell, #1991.46.4 “Tunket” is a regional term meaning party or informal get-together. This folk-art carving by Napoleon DeGuise depicts the joy that can be found around a warm stove with company, music and dancing. In the Canadian Maritimes, this type of event is still referred to as a “Kitchen Party.” Napoleon DeGuise was born in Burlington in 1894 and began whittling in 1932, "to save the old ways...for the younger generation." A barber by trade, DeGuise whittled during his free time between customers in his Waterbury shop. He used local pine and carved with a small knife and his barber clippers. Though he gave many pieces away, his work traveled to craft shows around the country and was featured in The Saturday Evening Post in 1944 and Handicrafts of New England by Allen Eaton in 1949.
Name/Title
A Vt. Kitchen Tunket
Entry/Object ID
1991.46.4
Description
Wooden diorama scene showing several people dancing in a kitchen. The room, or box, is carved with the label, "A VT. KITCHEN TUNKET". The walls of the diorama are carved to represent a simple interior, with bead board or planking on the lower half of the walls, and a four-paneled door at the center back. From right to left, the scene includes a seated woman, a dog and puppies, a shelf of accessories, a stove, a fiddler atop a table, a step caller, four dancing couples, a clock on a shelf, two standing men, lanterns on a shelf, and two seated women.
Artwork Details
Wood
Context
Made by Napoleon DeGuise in Waterbury, VT.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1991.46
Source or Donor
Tarbell, Cornelia
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
DeGuise, Napoleon F. (1894-1950)
1945-1950
Waterbury
Lexicon
Carving,Sculpture,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Relationships
DeGuise, Napoleon F. (1894-1950)
Abraham Lincoln
Interpretative Labels
Abraham Lincoln, c. 1865 Unknown Artist Vermont Oil on canvas Gift of Robert and Dona Bradish, #2019.9 After Abraham Lincoln's death, images of the president became very popular in households and public buildings. This portrait, a copy of the famous Matthew Brady Gettysburg photograph, was commissioned by a family in Bellows Falls, Vermont.
Name/Title
Abraham Lincoln
Entry/Object ID
2019.9.1
Description
Portrait showing a man wearing a black, three-piece suit, a white shirt with a fall-collar, and a black tie or cravat. He has dark hair and a short beard following his jawline.
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil
Abraham Lincoln
Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865)
Acquisition
Accession Number
2019.9
Source or Donor
Bradish, Robert
Acquisition Method
Gift
Credit Line
Gift of Robert and Dona Bradish
Made or Created
1865
19th Century
Vermont
Lexicon
Portrait,Painting,Picture,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Admiral George Dewey
Name/Title
Admiral George Dewey
Entry/Object ID
1969.28.30
Description
White marble portrait bust of Admiral George Dewey. He is shown with center-parted hair and a large mustache. He is wearing a double-breasted coat with a point fall collar. It sits on a round, fluted base. Each flute is painted gold.
Artwork Details
Marble
Dewey, George (1837-1917)
Acquisition
Accession Number
1969.28
Source or Donor
Orlowski, Alexandre
Made or Created
1899
Lexicon
Bust,Sculpture,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Relationships
Dewey, George (1837-1917)
Spanish-American War
Admiral George Dewey
Name/Title
Admiral George Dewey
Entry/Object ID
1969.28.32
Description
Small, white bust of Admiral Dewey. The bust sits on a round, ogee pedestal. Dewey wears a double-breasted coat with a fall collar and epaulets, each with two anchors, and is shown facing slightly upwards. He has a handlebar mustache, his wavy hair is parted down the center. Mold seams are visible at the center back to the proper left of the buttons on the front.
Artwork Details
Marble
Dewey, George (1837-1917)
Acquisition
Accession Number
1969.28
Source or Donor
Orlowski, Alexandre
Lexicon
Bust,Sculpture,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Relationships
Dewey, George (1837-1917)
Spanish-American War
Admiral George Dewey
Name/Title
Admiral George Dewey
Entry/Object ID
1969.28.23
Description
Silver-painted portrait bust of Admiral George Dewey. He has a large mustache, and his hair is parted in the center. He is wearing a double-breasted military coat with rectangular epaulets. The round base is molded with a flying eagle and architectural decorative elements.
Artwork Details
Dewey, George (1837-1917)
Acquisition
Accession Number
1969.28
Source or Donor
Orlowski, Alexandre
Lexicon
Bust,Sculpture,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Relationships
Spanish-American War
Alfred Randall
Name/Title
Alfred Randall
Entry/Object ID
1985.7.4
Description
Full length profile portrait of a young man in pen and ink with watercolor highlights. The man faces left and has his left hand on his hip. He holds a tall beaver hat in his right hand. He is dressed in black pants, a black cutaway jacket, a cream colored vest, a white shirt with stand-up collar, and and a white cravat. Pinned to the cravat is a gold chain with a brooch. A blue and red watch fob with metal ornament drapes from his right front hip area. The man's hair is cut short, swept forward in front of the ears and forward, and into a wave at the forehead. There is stylized grass and rocks in foreground, and written in ink on left side of portrait is the inscription, "Alfred Randall/ Portland/ County of Cumberland/ State of Maine" Written in ink on right side of portraid is, "A Compliment to his/ afectionate Mother/ Resident Derby V.T."
Artwork Details
Watercolor, Ink
Randall, Alfred (1803-1879)
Context
Alfred Randall was from Greensboro, Vermont
Acquisition
Accession Number
1985.7
Source or Donor
Ellenberger, Eleanor H. Brown
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
1830
Portland
Lexicon
Painting,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Ammi B. Young
Interpretative Labels
Ammi B. Young, 1846 C. Rogers Montpelier, Vermont Oil on canvas Gift of Mrs. Margaret Ross Ferguson, 1971.53.1 Ammi Young (1800-1874) was the architect for the second Vermont State House. He went on to a successful career as an architect for the federal government during the 19th century. Among his other recognizable buildings are the Customs House in Boston and the Treasury Building in Washington, DC.
Name/Title
Ammi B. Young
Entry/Object ID
1971.53.1
Description
Portrait showing a man sitting in profile, holding a small painting. The man has curly, dark hair, and is wearing tan trousers, a white jacket, a white vest, and a black shirt. He holds a small painting on the arm of his red Windsor arm chair, but the painting is facing away from the viewer, showing the stretcher and the artist's signature on the back of the canvase ("C. Rogers Aug. 1846"). the stretcher itself is labeled with "No. 232 Young." His other arm is draped casually on the arm of the chair, and his legs are crossed at the knee.
Artwork Details
Oil
Young, Ammi Burnham (1798-1874)
Context
Painted by C. Rogers in Montpelier in 1846, and shows Ammi B. Young, the architect of the State House.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1971.53
Source or Donor
Bell, Marian
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Artist
Rogers, C.
Aug 1846
Montpelier
Lexicon
Portrait,Painting,Picture,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Relationships
Vermont State House
Web Bookmarks, Links and URLs
Anna Gray Child
Interpretative Labels
Anna Gray Child, 1856 James Hope (1818-1892) Castleton, VT Oil on Canvas Gift of Stephen C. Millett, jr., #A-114 Castleton Resident Alonzo Child commissioned James Hope to paint his parents and in-laws in 1856. His mother-in-law, Mary Wallis Goodrich, can be found in the Freedom and Unity Exhibit. James Hope immigrated to Canada from Scotland with his father at a young age. At the age of 15, upon the death of his father, he walked to Vermont to start a new life. In addition to mechanical work, he studied painting at Castleton Seminary and set up a studio to produce portraits. After his Civil War service he increasingly produced landscapes, for which he is best known today.
Name/Title
Anna Gray Child
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-114
Description
Oval portrait showing an elderly woman in a white bonnet and black clothing. She is wearing gold-framed, rectangular glasses. The bonnets is tied in a small bow beneath her chine. Her clothing is quite loosely draped and may be either a dressing gown or a shawl.
Artwork Details
Oil
Child, Anna Gray (1776-1861)
Context
Anna Gray Child was one of the early residents of Castleton, Vermont
Made or Created
Artist
Hope, James (1818-1892)
1856
Lexicon
Portrait,Painting,Picture,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Approach to Montpelier
Name/Title
Approach to Montpelier
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-10
Description
Landscape painting showing a road running alongside a narrow, flat river. The grass-covered embankment between the road and water is lined with trees. Figures in the foreground include two young boys throwing rocks into the water, a girl picking flowers, and girl or woman watching the two boys. The middle ground, a wagon full of wood travels down the road and two horses drink from the river. There is a yellow house by the road with more buildings lining that side of the road, and the red dome of Vermont's statehouse at the center above the tree line.
Artwork Details
Watercolor
Montpelier
Context
Painted by James Franklin Gilman in 1889
Made or Created
Artist
Gilman, James Franklin (1850-1929)
1889-1889
Montpelier
Lexicon
Painting,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Relationships
Vermont State House
Asbestos Mill - Belvidere Mountain
Name/Title
Asbestos Mill - Belvidere Mountain
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-388
Description
Pencil drawing showing a mountain-side factory. There are several raised passageways on stilts connecting from the large factory building to places outside the borders of the drawing. There are trees in the foreground and a large mountain in the background. The image is labeled, "Asbestos Mill - Belvidere Mountain" at the center bottom. The top edge of the paper is wavy from perforation.
Type of Drawing
Artwork Details
Graphite, Paper
Belvidere
Context
Asbestos was mined in Vermont until 1993.
Made or Created
Artist
Burton, Arthur Gibbes (1883-1969)
1956
Belvidere
Lexicon
Drawing,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Birdhouse
Name/Title
Birdhouse
Entry/Object ID
2020.20.1
Description
Square birdhouse with peaked roof painted all over with images of Vermont. The front is painted with a stylized version of the Vermont seal, featuring bales of wheat and a cow in a field flanking a tree. The bust of a deer (in the form of a crest) surmounts the opening, and the base is framed with two tree branches and the words "FREEDOM/VERMONT/UNITY" in a red ribbon. A small dowel protrudes out from underneath the opening to act as a perch.

The proper left side of the house is painted with the exterior of the Spaulding High School building (now Vermont History Center), the monument of Robert Burns, and a green sign with the words "Vermont Historical Society" in white. This side opens up to allow access to the inside, and is held in place with a small wooden block that is painted to blend into the scene.

The back shows an aerial view of rolling fields with white sheep, spotted cows, and both green and autumn-colored trees bordering the fields. A small town is depicted near the center, and purple, snow-capped mountains form the horizon. There is hardware at the center top for mounting the house to a wall.

The proper right side shows an aerial view of a town center, with a white steepled church at center. Additional red and white buildings dot the rolling hills, which are painted in both greens and golds.

The bottom is painted bright green, and has three drainage holes.

Twine is attached to the peak of the roof to allow for hanging.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2020.20
Source or Donor
Kaiser, Susanne
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
2008
Lexicon
Birdhouse,Site Features,Category 01: Built Environment Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Wood, Paint, Metal, Hemp
Relationships
Dover
Birth Certificate
Name/Title
Birth Certificate
Entry/Object ID
1950.1
Description
Framed, handwritten birth information of Harriot Smalley. The certificate consists of the name Harriot Smalley written in large copperplate letters, filled in with a checkered patter. The last letter of Smalley is placed between the two words. Her birth details are written in script beneath. The designed is framed by a checkered pattern at the top and bottom and a chevron or X pattern on the sides. The certificate is held in a black-painted wooden frame, decorated with rivet-type nails. A note on the back of the frame reads, "This frame was made by uncle Osange Smalley (brother of Harriot) when he was only five years old. The pen work was by a schollar [sic] of here while she was teaching in Brandon Vt. D. A. G."
Type of Drawing
Artwork Details
Ink
Green, Harriot Smalley (1805-1848)
Acquisition
Accession Number
1950.1
Source or Donor
Greene, Norman J.
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Smalley, Orange Alfonsa (1812-1893), Carmen, William
Carmen, William
1817
Brandon
Lexicon
Certificate, Birth,Record, Birth,Record, Vital,Government Records,Documentary Objects,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Brigadier General Stephen Thomas
Name/Title
Brigadier General Stephen Thomas
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-146
Description
Portrait to the waist of an older man in uniform. He has short gray hair, parted on the left, blue eyes, a full mustache, and a long gray beard. Four gold buttons on front of his military coat are visible. He is holding the handle of a gold sword and stands before a dark sky with golden clouds.
Artwork Details
Oil
Thomas, Stephen (1809-1903)
Context
Brigadier General Stephen Thomas was commander of the 8th Vt. Regiment in the Civil War.
Made or Created
Artist
Wood, Thomas Waterman (1823-1903)
1886
Lexicon
Painting,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Relationships
Montpelier
Civil War
Brookfield
Name/Title
Brookfield
Entry/Object ID
2020.15.2
Description
Drawing on board showing a wooden bridge leading to a small town. The buildings in the top directly abut the river over a rock wall. Mountains are in the background. A sheet of tissue paper has been taped at the top of the image to fall over it as protection, and bears the label, "BROOKFIELD." The drawing is signed at the lower right corner, "BOB VOGEL"
Type of Drawing
Artwork Details
Brookfield
Acquisition
Accession Number
2020.15
Acquisition Method
Found in Collection
Made or Created
Artist
Vogel, Bob
Relationships
Brookfield
Calais/Woodbury
Name/Title
Calais/Woodbury
Entry/Object ID
2020.15.1
Description
Drawing on board showing a small farm complex situated along a road by a pond.

A piece of tissue paper has been secured at the top to fall over the drawing and bears the inscription, "CALAIS/WOODBURY" in red pencil. A yellow Post-It note affixed to the tissue reads, "This set of Field prints is for showing ONLY! Not to be sold. Prints are shipped from ARTIST."
Type of Drawing
Artwork Details
Calais
Acquisition
Accession Number
2020.15
Acquisition Method
Found in Collection
Made or Created
Artist
Vogel, Bob
Relationships
Woodbury
Candace Salter Stevens
Name/Title
Candace Salter Stevens
Entry/Object ID
1903.4.2
Description
Portrait of a woman wearing a black dress with a translucent white cap and collar. The woman is shown with rosy cheeks and dark hair and eyes. Her hair is held in large curls on either side of her head, and she is wearing a gold beaded necklace. Her cap is trimmed with pleats, as is her collar. Her sleeves are very wide, and she is holding her right hand in front of her at the waist. The whole is framed in an ornate gilt frame.
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil
Stevens, Candace Salter (1792-1874)
Context
Candace Salter Stevens of Barnet was the wife of Henry Stevens, the founder of the Vermont Historical Society.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1903.4
Source or Donor
Stevens, Charlotte
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Artist
Fletcher, Aaron Dean
Lexicon
Painting,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Relationships
Stevens, Henry (1791-1867)
Barnet
Canoe
Name/Title
Canoe
Entry/Object ID
2017.3.5
Description
Miniature birch bark canoe. The hull of the canoe is constructed of birchbark, bent into shape and secured with small nails to splint around the top. The two ends are stitched together. The top is enclosed except for a central opening rimmed with a small wooden splint.
Context
Made by a Mr. Paquette (d. 1956) in Highgate Center, VT.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2017.3
Source or Donor
Wiseman, Frederick M.
Acquisition Method
Gift
Credit Line
Gift of Frederick M. Wiseman
Made or Created
1950-1956
Highgate Center
Ethnography
Abenaki
Lexicon
Canoe, Bark,Canoe,Boat,Watercraft,Water Transportation Equipment,Category 07: Distribution & Transportation Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Birch, Metal, Wood
Caroline and James Stevens
Interpretative Labels
James and Caroline Stevens, c. 1840 Horace Bundy (1814-1883) Craftsbury, VT Oil on canvas Gift of Elizabeth C. Waldo, #A-621 James Stevens (1816-1870) was cabinet maker in Craftsbury, Vermont. His account book, in the collection of VHS, indicates that he made frames for Horace Bundy. It's very probable that Stevens made this frame. Born in Hardwick, Vermont, Horace Bundy traveled throughout New England painting portraits until he was called to the ministry in the 1850s. His paintings are always signed in big, flowery letters on the back on the canvas.
Name/Title
Caroline and James Stevens
Entry/Object ID
1991.61.1
Description
Diptych portraits showing a woman (left) and man (right), both wearing black and looking toward the viewer. The woman is wearing a black dress with an off-the-shoulder neckline and low-set sleeves. Her bodice is pleated into a v-shape with high point at the neckline. She is also wearing a transparent shawl or stole. Her dark hair is parted in the center and held in a high bun. The man is shown wearing a black, three piece suit, a white suit with a high collar, and black cravat. His brown hair is parted on the side and swept across. His left hand rests on the back of a wooden chair.

The lustrous, burl wood frame is carved into an ogee shape with a flat divider between the two paintings.
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil
Stevens, James Wellington (1815-1870), Stevens, Caroline Dustan (1817-1881)
Context
James and Caroline Stevens lived in Craftsbury, Vermont, where James worked as a cabinetmaker.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1991.61
Source or Donor
Waldo, Elizabeth C.
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Bundy, Horace (1814-1883), Stevens, James Wellington (1815-1870)
1840
Lexicon
Portrait,Painting,Picture,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Relationships
Craftsbury
Horace Bundy: Itinerant Portraitist
Carving
Name/Title
Carving
Entry/Object ID
1991.1.1
Description
Hyper-realistic wood carving of a bird mounted on a branch. The branch is mounted on a marble block that sits on a low wooden base inscribed, "VERMONT STATE BIRD HERMIT THRUSH". The back corner of the base has the written label, "F. L. Scholz Hancock, VT. #0208 1-91".
Artwork Details
Wood
Hermit Thrush
Context
Made by Floyd Scholz of Hancock, Vermont, to celebrate the Vermont Bicentennial in 1991.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1991.1
Source or Donor
Kunin, Madeleine May (b. 1933)
Acquisition Method
Gift
Credit Line
Governor of Vermont
Made or Created
Artist
Scholz, Floyd (b. 1958)
1991
Hancock
Lexicon
Carving,Sculpture,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Relationships
Kunin, Madeleine May (b. 1933)
Vermont Bicentennial
Carving
Name/Title
Carving
Entry/Object ID
2012.23.14a-b
Description
Cedar bird tail carving on an uncarved base. This carving is made from one piece of cedar, which is then fanned out to form the tail. A small bag of unattached carved pieces accompanies the carving.
Context
Made by Chester Nutting in West Danville, VT
Acquisition
Accession Number
2012.23
Source or Donor
Hamblett, Barbara Knapp (1927-2011)
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Artist
Nutting, Chester (1900-1975)
1975
West Danville
Lexicon
Carving,Sculpture,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Wood
Child with Cat
Name/Title
Child with Cat
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-102
Description
Portrait of a young child with a grey cat. The blond child is shown seated and wearing a long, white dress. The neckline sits off the shoulder, and the dress has short sleeves. The child is wearing a necklace, and has red-soled black shoes. It is holding a coin or medallion on a red ribbon. A grey striped cat sits at the left border of the painting..
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil
Context
Found in Clarendon, Vermont
Made or Created
Artist
Fletcher, Aaron Dean
19th Century
Lexicon
Painting,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Civil War Officer
Interpretative Labels
Civil War Officer, 1902 Thomas Waterman Wood (1823-1903) Montpelier, VT Oil on canvas Gift of J. Brooks Buxton, #A-944
Name/Title
Civil War Officer
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-944
Description
Portrait showing a naval officer wearing a double-breasted uniform coat. The coat has a standing collar decorated in light blue edged with gold. He is wearing gold, braided epaulets. Addition gold braid decorates his sleeves. He is wearing white gloves and holding a sword in both of his hands. The piece is prominently signed in lower left in red: "T. W. Wood."
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil
Military officer
Acquisition
Accession Number
2011.13
Source or Donor
Buxton, J. Brooks
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Artist
Wood, Thomas Waterman (1823-1903)
1902
Montpelier
Lexicon
Portrait,Painting,Picture,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall (unframed)
Clark Day
Interpretative Labels
Clark Day, c. 1820 Attributed to Zedekiah Belknap (1781-1858) Barre, VT Oil on wood panel Barre History Collection, #A-1060 Born February 5, 1811 in Barre, Vermont, Clark Day was the son of Ira and Martha Clark Day. His father, one of Barre's early residents, was a lawyer, prominent merchant, and businessman running the local tavern and helping to establish a coach line between Boston and Montreal. Although he trained to be a storekeeper, ill health forced him to take up farming. Artis Zedekiah Belknap was a prolific itinerant artist who worked primarily in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, but made a number of trips to Vermont.
Name/Title
Clark Day
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-1060
Description
Portrait showing a young boy dressed in a black suit with a white pleated collar and red vest. His hair is cut into a mullet, and he is holding a thin book in front of himself.
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil
Day, Clark (1811-1886)
Acquisition
Accession Number
2014.60
Source or Donor
Barre Historical Society, Inc.
Acquisition Method
Transfer
Made or Created
Artist
Belknap, Zedekiah (1781-1858)
Attribution
Attributed to
1820
Barre City
Lexicon
Portrait,Painting,Picture,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Copper Plate
Name/Title
Copper Plate
Entry/Object ID
1990.27.1
Description
Engraved copper plate showing the front view of Lawton Hall on the grounds of the Brattleboro Retreat. The back of the plate is printed with a short history of the building and is number 140 of 200.
Artwork Details
Copper
Brattleboro Retreat
Brattleboro
Acquisition
Accession Number
1990.27
Source or Donor
Brattleboro Retreat
Made or Created
Artist
Fisher, Jean A. Pratt (1933-2005)
1983
Lexicon
Block, Engraving,Block, Printing,Print,Surface, Printing,Graphic Documents,Graphic Equipment,Documentary Objects,Printing T&E,Category 08: Communication Objects,Category 06: Tools & Equipment for Communication
Dimensions
Overall
Country Mouse Book Cover
Name/Title
Country Mouse Book Cover
Entry/Object ID
1977.55.2
Description
Oil painting on paper showing a view through a barn. On the other side of the barn is a white house with a large mountain (possibly Camel's Hump) behind. In the yard, a group of people are dancing in a circle, holding hands.
Artwork Details
Oil
Context
Used at the cover art for the novel "Country Mouse" by Louise Andrews Kent
Acquisition
Accession Number
1977.55
Source or Donor
Earle, Eyvind (1916-2000)
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Artist
Earle, Eyvind (1916-2000)
1945
Derby Line
Lexicon
Painting,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Relationships
Kent, Louise Andrews (1886-1969)
Country Mouse
Cover Design For "Country Mouse"
Name/Title
Cover Design For "Country Mouse"
Entry/Object ID
1977.55.1
Description
Ink and watercolor design on the right half of the paper shows the interior of a barn. Two figures, a man and a woman, stand at the far entrance beside a large pile of hay. In the distance is a small village in a valley with a mountain behind. On the left side of the page is a pencil mockup of the painting with the words "Country Mouse" written in the beams. Below the pencil sketch is a penciled letter addressed to Mr. Earle discussing potential changes to the painting.
Artwork Details
Pen and Ink
Context
Made by Eyvind Earle as a draft for the cover of the book, "Country Mouse", by Louise Andrews Kent.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1977.55
Source or Donor
Earle, Eyvind (1916-2000)
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Artist
Earle, Eyvind (1916-2000)
Role
Painter
1945
Derby Line
Lexicon
Drawing,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Relationships
Kent, Louise Andrews (1886-1969)
Country Mouse
Crucifiction of Christ
Name/Title
Crucifiction of Christ
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-909
Description
Pen an ink drawing accented with watercolor. The drawing shows Christ on a cross flanked by winged angels. Small human figures stand at the right and along the bottom. Two small human figures hang from the cross horizontal beam and another stabs Christ in the lower abdomen. There are inscriptions in various places throughout the drawing that are quotes from the Bible. The paper is mounted on linen. The work is signed in the upper right corner on the back, "Mrs. Robert Chase, Guildhall, Vermont."
Type of Drawing
Artwork Details
Ink, Watercolor
Acquisition
Accession Number
2009.10
Source or Donor
FIC
Made or Created
1840-1860
Guildhall
Lexicon
Drawing,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Custer's Last Rally
Name/Title
Custer's Last Rally
Entry/Object ID
2011.50
Description
Poster showing a battle scene between United States troops and indigenous Americans. The partial poster is mounted to a portion of a clapboard wall. The scene shows mounted soldiers wearing blue, double-breasted uniforms charging to the left, bearing swords and pistols and flying a United States flag. To the right are stylized indigenous Americans wearing large, feathered headdresses and fringed, tan-colored pants. Behind the indigenous people is a settlement of pointed tents in front of a line of trees. The scene is bordered on the right with a red ribbon, and a small portion of a military scene is visible on the other side of the border. A blue circle and a yellow ribbon with the letters "SH" are partially visible at the top left and bottom right, respectively. There is a rectangular piece missing at the bottom left. The whole is framed with grey-painted wooden molding
Context
The poster shows an act from the show, "Adam Forepaugh and the Wild West Circus", and advertises the performance on August 25, 1890 in Barre, VT.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2011.50
Source or Donor
Lovely, Ronald L.
Acquisition Method
Purchase
Made or Created
1890
Lexicon
Poster,Advertisement,Advertising Media,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Relationships
Barre City
Web Bookmarks, Links and URLs
Daniel Pierce Thompson
Name/Title
Daniel Pierce Thompson
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-124
Description
Portrait of a man leaning against a tree with his arms cross. He has short, curly black hair parted at the side. Though is turned toward the right, he is looking straight at the viewer with one eyebrow raised. He is wearing a black suit, vest, and bowtie with a white shirt that has a standing collar. He is shown outside amid mountains and trees. The mountain in the background may be Camel's Hump.
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil
Thompson, Daniel Pierce (1795–1868)
Context
Daniel Pierce Thompson was a Vermont politician and famous novelist.
Made or Created
Artist
Wood, Thomas Waterman (1823-1903)
1855
Lexicon
Painting,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Relationships
Montpelier
Darius Lorenzo Green
Name/Title
Darius Lorenzo Green
Entry/Object ID
1959.65.1
Description
Miniature watercolor portrait of a young man painted on an oval ivory disk. The man has short brown hair with no sideburns and blue eyes. He is wearing a very high-necked black jacket, vest, and wide black cravat over a white shirt. The painting is set into a gold-toned pendant with a small glass enclosure on the reverse holding a lock of hair.
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Watercolor, Ivory, Metal, Hair
Green, Darius Lorenzo (1815-1891)
Context
Shows Darius Green of Mount Holly, Vermont
Acquisition
Accession Number
1959.65
Source or Donor
Conklin, Mrs. Charles
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
1835
Lexicon
Painting,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Relationships
Mount Holly
Dennis Duhigg
Name/Title
Dennis Duhigg
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-123
Description
Oval portrait showing a mustached man in a military uniform. His hair is parted at the side. His uniform coat buttons down the center front, and he has rectangular epaulets on either shoulder.
Artwork Details
Duhigg, Dennis (1841-1864)
Context
Dennis Duhigg enlisted into the Union Army from Lyndon, Vermont
Made or Created
1862-1864
Lexicon
Photograph, Black-and-White,Drawing,Photograph,Graphic Documents,Art,Documentary Objects,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Relationships
Civil War
Dr. Edward Lamb
Interpretative Labels
Dr. Edward Lamb, 1895 Thomas Waterman Wood (1823-1903) Montpelier, VT Oil on canvas Gift of Frederick J. Prentiss, #A-121 Born in Charlton, MA in 1771, Dr. Edward Lamb served Montpelier from his arrival in 1796 until his death in 1845. Frederick Prentiss commissioned this portrait for the Vermont Historical Society well after Lamb's death. Thomas W. Wood is arguably Montpelier's most famous artist. The son of a cabinet maker, he was largely self-taught, yet rose to the highest ranks of genre painters in the United States.
Name/Title
Dr. Edward Lamb
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-121
Description
Portrait showing a man in the process of taking snuff. The man is wearing a black suit, a white suit with a high collar, and a white bow tie. He has a can under his left arm with a wood shaft and a white knob. He is holding a metal case and preparing to pinch material from the case. He has long sideburns and appears to wearing an expression of annoyance.
Artwork Details
Oil
Lamb, Edward (1770-1845)
Made or Created
Artist
Wood, Thomas Waterman (1823-1903)
1895
Montpelier
Lexicon
Portrait,Painting,Picture,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Dr. Julius Yemans Dewey
Interpretative Labels
Dr. Julius Yemans Dewey Unknown Montpelier, VT Oil on canvas Gift of Emily Shipman Howland Gay, #A-576 Dr. Julius Dewey (1801-1877) practiced medicine in Montpelier, Vermont until the 1840s when he founded the National Life insurance company. What started out as a one-man operation soon turned into a major, national corporation still in operation today. His son, Admiral George Dewey, went on to fame in the Spanish American War. Susan Dewey was Dr. Dewey's third wife.
Name/Title
Dr. Julius Yemans Dewey
Entry/Object ID
1989.23.2
Description
Oval portrait showing a man wearing a black three-piece suit, a white, pleated-front shirt with a high collar, and black bow tie. His grey hair is swept back and he has long, white sideburns. His right hand rests on the handle of a cane.
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil
Portrait
Dewey, Julius Yemans (1801-1877)
Context
Dr. Dewey was the founder of National Life insurance company and the father of Spanish-American War hero Admiral George Dewey.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1989.23
Source or Donor
Gay, Emily Shipman Howland Mansfield (1907-1996)
Acquisition Method
Gift
Credit Line
Susan Howland estate
Made or Created
1860
Montpelier
Lexicon
Portrait,Painting,Picture,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Relationships
Dewey, Susan Elizabeth Griggs(1816-1886)
Montpelier
East Corinth
Name/Title
East Corinth
Entry/Object ID
2020.15.5
Description
Drawing on board of an aerial view of a small downtown. The town has residences, stables, a store, and church. The town is framed from behind with rolling hills.
Type of Drawing
Artwork Details
Calais
Acquisition
Accession Number
2020.15
Acquisition Method
Found in Collection
Edward Kinsman
Interpretative Labels
Edward Kinsman, c. 1836 Uknown Artist Barre, VT Oil on canvas Barre History Collection, #A-1163 Newell Kinsman (1795-1858) moved to Barre as a young lawyer and quickly established the leading law firm in town. This remarkable family group illustrates the talent of itinerant portrait painters of the day. Included in the group are his wife Leonora Lamb Kinsman (1810-1856) and their three children, George (b. 1829), Edward (b. 1831), and Ellen (b. 1833).
Name/Title
Edward Kinsman
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-1163
Description
Portrait showing a young boy in a three-piece suit consisting of a black jacket and pants and white vest. He's wearing a white shirt with a wide fall collar and black bow tie. He is holding a red book.
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil
Kinsman, Edward
Acquisition
Accession Number
2014.60
Source or Donor
Barre Historical Society, Inc.
Acquisition Method
Transfer
Made or Created
1836
Barre City
Lexicon
Portrait,Painting,Picture,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Elisha Payne Jewett
Name/Title
Elisha Payne Jewett
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-40
Description
Portrait of an older man with a white beard and dark, grey hair. He is shown wearing a black suit and facing the left. The background is dark green, and the whole is framed in an ornate gild frame.
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil
Jewett, Elisha Payne (1801-1894)
Context
Elisha Payne Jewett was Vermont State Treasurer from 1846 to 1847.
Made or Created
Artist
Burgess, Ruth Payne Jewett (1865-1934)
1922
Lexicon
Painting,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Relationships
Montpelier
Ella Luthera Dewey Pitkin
Interpretative Labels
Ella Luthera Dewey Pitkin, 1883 Thomas Waterman Wood (1823-1903) Montpelier, VT Oil on canvas Gift of J. Brooks Buxton, #A-945 Ella Luthera Dewey Pitkin (1850-1879) was the second daughter of Charles and Betsy Tarbox Dewey and granddaughter of Julius Dewey. She married Carrol Pitkin in 1873 but died young in 1879. This portrait is one of two commissioned by the family from Thomas Waterman Wood after her death. Thomas W. Wood is arguably Montpelier's most famous artist. The son of a cabinet maker, he was largely self-taught, yet rose to the highest ranks of genre painters in the united states.
Name/Title
Ella Luthera Dewey Pitkin
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-945
Description
Portrait showing a young woman wearing a white lace dress embellished with a bouquet of brightly-colored flowers. The dress has a high, ruffled lace collar with a rose bud and stem pinned at the center. The translucent sleeves are gathered into poofs. A posy of pink and white flowers with green foliage is pinned to her chest at center. She is holding a lace shawl. Her hair is swept back from her face and held in a simple style.
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil
Pitkin, Ella Luthera Dewey (1850-1879)
Acquisition
Accession Number
2011.13
Source or Donor
Buxton, J. Brooks
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Artist
Wood, Thomas Waterman (1823-1903)
1883
Montpelier
Lexicon
Portrait,Painting,Picture,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Ellen Kinsman
Interpretative Labels
Ellen Kinsman, c. 1836 Unknown Artist Barre, VT Barre History Collection, #A-1164 Newell Kinsman (1795-1858) moved to Barre as a young lawyer and quickly established the leading law firm in town. This remarkable family group illustrates the talent of itinerant portrait painters of the day. Included in the group are his wife Leonora Lamb Kinsman (1810-1856) and their three children, George (b. 1829), Edward (b. 1831), and Ellen (b. 1833).
Name/Title
Ellen Kinsman
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-1164
Description
Portrait showing a young girl wearing a blue dress. The dress has an off-the-shoulder neckline edged in narrow lace, with low set sleeves gathered into three sections. The bodice pleats into a v-shape at the waist. She is holding a red book.
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil
Kinsman, Ellen
Acquisition
Accession Number
2014.60
Source or Donor
Barre Historical Society, Inc.
Acquisition Method
Transfer
Made or Created
1836
Barre City
Lexicon
Portrait,Painting,Picture,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Emery L. Smith
Interpretative Labels
Emery L. Smith, c. 1895 James Franklin Gilman (1842-1929) Barre, VT Oil on canvas Barre History Collection, #A-1082 Emery L. Smith (1842-1929) helped found the granite industry in Barre and served as the newly incorporated city's first mayor in 1895.
Name/Title
Emery L. Smith
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-1082
Description
Impressionistic portrait showing a man in a brown and green suit jacket, a black vest, black tie, and white shirt with a fall collar. The man has a slightly receding hairline cut close to the head and large mustache that curls low below his mouth. The background is a gradient of brown, from light to dark. The painting is in a wide, gilded frame with molded acanthus and oak leaves. At the bottom center of the frame is a small plaque with the inscription, "EMERY L. SMITH/1895-1896".
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil
Smith, Emery L. (1842-1929)
Acquisition
Accession Number
2014.60
Source or Donor
Barre Historical Society, Inc.
Acquisition Method
Transfer
Made or Created
Artist
Gilman, James Franklin (1850-1929)
Role
Painter
1895
Barre City
Lexicon
Portrait,Painting,Picture,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Relationships
Barre City
Web Bookmarks, Links and URLs
Envelope
Name/Title
Envelope
Entry/Object ID
2020.15.6
Description
Bi-fold envelope for holding artwork. The front of the enveloped is stamped with three images: a dog holding a fountain pen; a sign saying "greetings from the sticks" held by three sticks; and the artist's information, "HAL/Mayforth/RD #1 Box 4135, BARNES RD./MONTPELIER, VERMONT/05602."
Context
Made by Hal Mayforth for National Life
Acquisition
Accession Number
2020.15
Acquisition Method
Found in Collection
Made or Created
Artist
Mayforth, Hal
Materials
Paper
Exode des paysans devant l'ennemi
Interpretative Labels
Exode des paysans devant l'ennemi, 1940 Joseph Pinchon (1871-1953) Paris, France Oil on board Gift of State of Vermont, 1964.63.182 Joseph Pinchon was born in Amiens, France, the second of eight children. He studied in Paris, and began working as an illustrator for children's magazines. In 1905, he created the character Becassine, and became one of the earliest and best artists developing a new style of illustration that would be called, in French, "bandes dessinees" (In America, we would call them comics, but their cultural role in France is very different). He continued to work as a prolific illustrator and artist for the rest of his life, with occasional forays into different art forms. In addition to the oil painting you see here, Pinchon also served briefly as the costume director for the Opera Garnier in Paris.
Name/Title
Exode des paysans devant l'ennemi
Entry/Object ID
1964.63.182
Description
Painting on cardboard or paint board of refugees traveling in two wagons pulled by horses. People are piled onto the wagons with goods. A dog walks beside the wagon. There is a large tree and a house in the background. The work is signed in the left hand corner: Emile Joseph Porphyre Pinchon.
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil
Context
Given to the State of Vermont by the people of France as part of the Merci Train after World War II.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1964.63
Source or Donor
France
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Artist
Pinchon, Joseph P. (1871-1953)
1940
Paris
Lexicon
Painting,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Relationships
Merci Train
World War II
Family Scene
Name/Title
Family Scene
Entry/Object ID
1995.5.1
Description
Charcoal of a family seated and standing around a table. The family consists of the parents and three children. A dog and cat are present as well. The father is reading the Scientific American and the mother has mending on her lap.
Type of Drawing
Artwork Details
Charcoal, Paper
Context
Possibly drawn in Barre, Vermont
Acquisition
Accession Number
1995.5
Source or Donor
Graffagnino, J. Kevin
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Barre City
Lexicon
Drawing,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
General Parley Davis
Name/Title
General Parley Davis
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-168
Description
Portrait of a seated man. He has grey hair and short sideburns. He is shown wearing a suit consisting of a black coat, vest, and cravat, and white shirt with a falling collar. Is is seated in a wooden chair. The whole is framed in a veneered wooden frame with simple molding.
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil
Davis, Parley (1766-1854)
Made or Created
1840
Lexicon
Painting,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Relationships
Montpelier
George Lamb Kinsman
Interpretative Labels
George Lamb Kinsman, c. 1836 Unknown Artist Barre, VT Oil on canvas Barre History Collection, #A-1162 Newell Kinsman (1795-1858) moved to Barre as a young lawyer and quickly established the leading law firm in town. This remarkable family group illustrates the talent of itinerant portrait painters of the day. Included in the group are his wife Leonora Lamb Kinsman (1810-1856) and their three children, George (b. 1829), Edward (b. 1831), and Ellen (b. 1833).
Name/Title
George Lamb Kinsman
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-1162
Description
Portrait showing a young boy in a three-piece suit consisting of a black jacket and pants and white vest. He's wearing a white shirt with a wide fall collar and black bow tie. He is holding a red book.
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil
Kinsman, George Lamb
Acquisition
Accession Number
2014.60
Source or Donor
Barre Historical Society, Inc.
Acquisition Method
Transfer
Made or Created
1836
Barre City
Lexicon
Portrait,Painting,Picture,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Governor Ernest Gibson
Name/Title
Governor Ernest Gibson
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-539
Description
Portrait drawing of a man. The man has wavy hair that is parted in the center and slicked away from his face. He has dark eyebrows, with one raised slightly higher than the other. He is shown wearing a light-colored suit and dark, striped tie. At the bottom right is the large cursive inscription "Gov. Gibson" and the outlines of the initials, "N R".
Type of Drawing
Artwork Details
Pastel, Paper
Gibson, Ernest Willard, Jr. (1901-1969)
Context
Ernest Gibson served as Governor of Vermont from 1946 to 1950.
Made or Created
Artist
Rockwell, Norman Perceval
1946-1947
Vermont
Lexicon
Drawing,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Grafton
Name/Title
Grafton
Entry/Object ID
2020.15.3
Description
Drawing on board showing a deeply rutted road leading to a farm complex. A fence runs along the road on one side, and a copse of young trees is on the other. Rolling mountains and another farm complex can be see in the distance.
Type of Drawing
Artwork Details
Grafton
Acquisition
Accession Number
2020.15
Acquisition Method
Found in Collection
Made or Created
Artist
Vogel, Bob
Grand Isle County Court House
Name/Title
Grand Isle County Court House
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-189
Description
Pencil drawing of a Georgian-style brick building. The building is five bays wide and two stories tall with a chimney on the left side. The hipped roof has a six-sided cupola at its center. There is a four-columned portico over the central entrance, and an arched window or niche above the portico on the second story. The building is surrounded by four leafless trees. The image is labeled at the bottom, "Grand Isle County Court House North Hero Vt."
Type of Drawing
Artwork Details
Pencil, Paper
North Hero
Made or Created
Artist
Stearns
20th Century
Lexicon
Drawing,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Grazing
Name/Title
Grazing
Entry/Object ID
1992.39.1
Description
Brightly colored printed scene of several black-and-white spotted cows in a field. The field is color blocked in red, grey, and green. Hills and mountains in the background are red, orange, green, pink, and purple. The print is matted under a cream-colored mat and framed in a narrow, light wood frame.
Artwork Details
Plexi, Glass
Acquisition
Accession Number
1992.39
Source or Donor
Jackson, Woody
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Artist
Jackson, Woody
Holy Cow, Inc.
1990-1991
Middlebury
Lexicon
Print,Graphic Documents,Documentary Objects,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Hand
Interpretative Labels
Ceres Hand, 1858 Larkin Goldsmith Mead (1835-1910) Montpelier, VT Wood Gift of J. Richard Nye, 1978.24.1 Larkin Goldsmith Mead's artistic talent was recognized when he shaped a particularly fine snowman that led to training with a local sculptor. Commissioned in 1858, his statue of Ceres, the Greek goddess of Agriculture, for the top of the new Vermont State House dome was his first important work. The statue was so well-received that he subsequently carved the statue of Ethan Allen that still stands by the State House front door. The figure, carved out of wood, stood until 1938. Exposure to the elements means that it was in poor shape when it was removed, and this hand and the head of the statue (now lost) were the only remnants.
Name/Title
Hand
Entry/Object ID
1978.24.1
Description
Large, wooden statue fragment of a hand, in two pieces. The sculpture has three fingers and a portion of a fourth. It is covered in a thick layer of grey, showing significant crackling.
Artwork Details
Wood
Ceres
Context
The hand is from the Ceres statues that sat atop the State House dome. The statue was made by Larkin Mead in 1858.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1978.24
Source or Donor
Nye, J. Richard
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Mead, Larkin Goldsmith (1835-1910)
1858
Lexicon
Statue,Sculpture,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Relationships
Vermont State House, Montpelier
Hant Got No Others
Name/Title
Hant Got No Others
Entry/Object ID
1982.4.9
Description
Oil on board painting of a young boy pulling on socks. The boy is sitting on a rush seated green ladder-back chair. A jacket and hat are hanging on the right side of the chair. The boy is wearing a white, long-sleeved shirt with holes in the sleeve and brown pants. His socks have large holes in the toes and heels. There are boots to the right of the chair. The boy is looking at the viewer and smiling.
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil
Squier, Herbert Northrup, Dr. (1878-1963)
Context
Painted by Edwin Parker Squier in Shoreham, Vermont
Acquisition
Accession Number
1982.4
Source or Donor
Squier, Helen
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Artist
Squier, Edwin Parker
1883
Shoreham
Lexicon
Painting,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Hartland Hayfields
Name/Title
Hartland Hayfields
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-82
Description
Pen and ink drawing of rolling hills. In the foreground, hay is stacked in small piles and a hay-filled cart is being pulled by two animals, a figure sitting atop the hay. The hills are lined with trees. The drawing is signed on the bottom right, "Andrew R. Butler '26" in pencil, and titled, "Hartland Hayfields" on the bottom left in pencil.
Type of Drawing
Artwork Details
Ink, Paper
Hartland
Made or Created
Artist
Butler, Andrew Reid (1896-1979)
1926
Lexicon
Print,Graphic Documents,Documentary Objects,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Henry Stevens
Interpretative Labels
Henry Stevens, 1834 Unknown Artist Barnet, VT Oil on canvas GIft of Mrs. Benjamin Franklin Stevens, #A-149 Henry Stevens (1791-1867), of Barnet, Vermont, was somewhat of a Renaissance man. He farmed, ran an inn, kept the toll road, served his town in the legislature, and had a reputation as Vermont's greatest antiquarian. Along with three other gentlemen, he founded the Vermont Historical Society through an act of the legislature in 1838. He served for 18 years as its president.
Name/Title
Henry Stevens
Entry/Object ID
1903.4.1
Description
Portait of a man wearing a black suit jacket, white shirt with a high fall collar, and a black cravat or tie. He has long sideburns and wispy hair on his forehead. His left arm is draped casually on the back of an inlaid wooden side chair, and his is holding a newspaper with the date 1834.
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil
Stevens, Henry (1791-1867)
Context
Henry Stevens was the founder of the Vermont Historical Society.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1903.4
Source or Donor
Stevens, Charlotte
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
1834
Barnet
Lexicon
Portrait,Painting,Picture,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Relationships
Stevens, Candace Salter (1792-1874)
Honorable Warren Robinson Austin
Name/Title
Honorable Warren Robinson Austin
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-179
Description
Portrait of a seated man. He is shown wearing a suit consisting a black double-breast coat, black pants, black vest, black necktie, and a white shirt. He is wearing glasses and holding a book in his left hand with a finger inserted into its pages. He is seated in a chair with a red curtain framing the left side of the painting.
Artwork Details
Oil
Austin, Warren Robinson (1877-1962)
Context
Warren Austin represented Vermont in congress from 1931 to 1941.
Made or Created
Artist
Slade, C.A.
1936
Washington
Lexicon
Painting,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Honorable William Jarvis
Interpretative Labels
Honorable William Jarvis, c. 1850 Unknown Artist Weathersfield, VT Oil on canvas Gift of Mrs. Leavitt Jarvis Hunt, #A-120 William Jarvis of Weathersfield, Vermont, served as the consul to Lisbon and Charge d'Affairs to Portugal under Presidents Jefferson and Madison. His time on the Iberian peninsula introduced him to the prized Merino sheep. Upon his return to Vermont, he became the largest importer of Merino sheep to the United States. The resulting sheep craze transformed Vermont's landscape and economy for decades to come.
Name/Title
Honorable William Jarvis
Entry/Object ID
1961.53.1
Description
Portrait showing an older man with a jovial expression, looking directly at the viewer. He is seated in profile and wearing a black suit, white shirt with a high collar, and a white cravat. He has a receding hairline, but shoulder-length gray hair in the back. He is seated in a red armchair. His left hand is clenched, but his right hand remains loose on the arm of the chair.
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil
Jarvis, William (1770–1859)
Acquisition
Accession Number
1961.53
Source or Donor
Hunt, Virginia Sowers (1875-1963)
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
1850
Weathersfield
Lexicon
Portrait,Painting,Picture,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Web Bookmarks, Links and URLs
Hyde Manor
Name/Title
Hyde Manor
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-420
Description
Pencil and watercolor drawing of a fountain in the shape of a swan. The swan has its head pointed upwards and wings outstretched. The water of the fountain streams out of the swan's mouth. The pool of the fountain is round and surrounded by large stone blocks or pavers. A lake, bushes, and mountains are in the background. The picture is signed at the lower left corner in pencil, "Ruth Robins '42". Beneath the signature in the blank part of the paper is the inked inscription, "1801 - Hyde Manor Sudbury V.T."
Artwork Details
Pencil, Watercolor
Fountain at Hyde Manor
Sudbury
Context
Drawn by Ruth Robinson in Sudbury, Vermont
Made or Created
Artist
Robinson, Ruth
1942
Sudbury
Lexicon
Painting,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
James S. Peck
Name/Title
James S. Peck
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-49
Description
Portrait of a man facing 3/4 right. He is shown wearing a dark-color overcoat and has short brown hair and a narrow brown beard.
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil
Peck, James S. (1838-1884)
Made or Created
Artist
Wood, Thomas Waterman (1823-1903)
Lexicon
Painting,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Jay Peak
Name/Title
Jay Peak
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-969.2
Description
Scratchboard etching showing Jay Peak with a house and barn. A river runs across the foreground.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2012.20
Source or Donor
VHS Library
Acquisition Method
Transfer
Made or Created
Artist
Sanborn, Edward M.
1951
Lexicon
Landscape,Picture,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Relationships
Jay
John F. Lincoln
Interpretative Labels
John F. Lincoln, c.1860 Unknown Artist Pittsford, VT Oil on canvas #A-117
Name/Title
John F. Lincoln
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-117
Description
Oval portrait showing a man wearing a black suit jacket and vest, a white shirt with a high collar, and a black tie. He has light brown hair and a small beard beneath rosy cheeks. He is sitting in a red chair.
Artwork Details
Oil
Lincoln, John Fenton (1828-1889)
Made or Created
1860
Ohio
Lexicon
Painting,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Julia C.R. Dorr
Interpretative Labels
"Julia C. R. Dorr", 1950-1960 Dr. Grace A. Webster Vermont Oil on canvas Gift of J. Shaw Webb, 1979.22.7 Julia C. R. Dorr was born Julia Caroline Ripley, on February 13, 1825, in Charleston, South Carolina. She was the daughter of William Young Ripley, a native Vermonter and Zulma De Lacy Thomas, daughter of French refugees from San Domingo. Julia's mother died when she was a young child, after which her father brought the family to Vermont. They settled in Middlebury first and later moved to Rutland. In 1847, Julia married the Honorable Seneca Dorr, of New York, and the couple settled in Ghent, New York. Julia began writing poetry when she was a child, but none of her poems were published until 1847, when her husband sent one of her poems to the Union Magazine. In 1848, her first short story was published, for which she received $100. In 1857 Julia and Seneca Dorr moved to Rutland, Vermont. There they built "The Maples", which became a meeting place for authors, including Ralph Waldo Emerson. Julia C. R. Dorr was a prolific writer of poetry and short stories and was considered by many to be one of the leading women poets of the 19th century. Her poem Periwinkle, illustrated by Zulma De Lacy Steele, is only one of many examples of her work in the Vermont Historical Society collections. She continued writing until her death on January 18, 1913, at age 88. The artist used a photograph of the poet to paint the portrait in the 1950s.
Name/Title
Julia C.R. Dorr
Entry/Object ID
1979.22.7
Description
Portrait showing a white-haired woman in a full, dark-blue dress. She is shown seated, holding a book open in her lap. She has a white scarf around her neck, matching her white collar and cuffs. A pink rose is pinned to her bodice.
Artwork Details
Oil on Canvas
Dorr, Julia C. Ripley (1825-1913)
Context
Julia C. R. Dorr was a famous Vermont writer.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1979.22
Source or Donor
Webb, J. Shaw
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Artist
Webb, Dr. Grace A. (1888-1979)
1950-1960
Lexicon
Painting,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Relationships
Webb, Dr. Grace A. (1888-1979)
Justin Morgan, Jr.
Interpretative Labels
Justin Morgan, Jr., ca. 1850 Pastel on Paper Gift of Mary Clifford Brown, 1979 Son of the Randolph teacher and musician who introduced the Morgan horse, Justin Morgan, Jr., was born in 1786. He was a storekeeper in Stockbridge, represented that town in the 1840 legislature, and was Windsor County senator in 1844.
Name/Title
Justin Morgan, Jr.
Entry/Object ID
1979.10.12
Description
Oval portrait of a man wearing a suit with oval wire-rimmed glasses pushed up on his forehead. He has short, dark hair swept back from his face and dark eyes. He is wearing a high-necked suit consisting of a dark jacket, vest, and cravat and a white shirt.
Type of Drawing
Artwork Details
Morgan, Justin Jr. (1786-1853)
Acquisition
Accession Number
1979.10
Source or Donor
Brown, Mary Clifford (1891-1988)
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
1850
Lexicon
Drawing,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Justin Smith Morrill
Name/Title
Justin Smith Morrill
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-20
Description
Portrait of a dark-haired man with significant sideburns. He is shown sitting in a red-upholstered chair, his body angled to the right. He is wearing a black suit, bowtie, and white shirt. He is resting his right arm on the arm of the chair.
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil
Morrill, Justin Smith (1810-1898)
Context
Justin Smith Morrill represented Vermont in Congress from 1855 to 1898 as first a Representative, then a Senator.
Made or Created
Lexicon
Painting,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Kent Family at Kent's Corner
Interpretative Labels
Kent Family at Kent's Corner, 1882 James Franklin Gilman (1842-1929) Calais, VT Charcoal on paper Gift of J. Brooks Buxton, #A-788 This drawing depicts the area of Calais known as Kent's Corners due to the large number of Kent families that lived there. The building known as Kent Tavern once belonged to Vermont Historical Society and is now a Vermont State Historic Site. The people pictured are all descendants of patriarch Abdiel Kent. James Gilman was a prolific landscape painter throughout Washington County in the late-19th century.
Name/Title
Kent Family at Kent's Corner
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-788
Description
Charcoal landscape drawing showing a family of six lounging on the bank of a river. Three additional people walk along the opposite bank, and a small town centered along a road can be seen beyond them. The buildings consist primarily of white structures with the notable exception of a stately brick house at the center. The landscape consists or rolling hills, partitioned with fences and sparsely dotted with trees.
Artwork Details
Charcoal
Kent family
Kent's Corner
Acquisition
Accession Number
2007.13
Source or Donor
Buxton, J. Brooks
Lisman, Bruce M. (b.1947)
Pizzagalli, James C.
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Artist
Gilman, James Franklin (1850-1929)
Role
Painter
1882
Kent's Corner
Lexicon
Landscape,Drawing,Picture,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall (framed)
Relationships
Kent, Dorman B.E. (1875-1951)
Calais
Land Voyage of the Ticonderoga - #1 In the Lower Basin
Name/Title
Land Voyage of the Ticonderoga - #1 In the Lower Basin
Entry/Object ID
1979.22.1
Description
Watercolor painting showing a large, white steam boat being pulled onto land. The scene shows the boat at the edge of the water, barely visible behind it, in the process of being lifted on a rolling platform. A yellow crane sits in front of the boat. There are large piles of dirt on either side of the boat, and a pile of materials is at the lower right corner of the scene.
Artwork Details
Watercolor
Context
Shows the transportation of the Ticonderoga to the Shelburne Museum.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1979.22
Source or Donor
Webb, J. Shaw
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Artist
Webb, Dr. Grace A. (1888-1979)
Nov 12, 1954
Burlington
Lexicon
Painting,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Relationships
Webb, Dr. Grace A. (1888-1979), Shelburne Museum
Land Voyage of the Ticonderoga - #10 In the Woods
Name/Title
Land Voyage of the Ticonderoga - #10 In the Woods
Entry/Object ID
1979.22.5
Description
Watercolor painting showing a large, white steamboat sitting at the edge of a field. The boat has several levels, a single, black chimney, two lifeboats, and the label "TICONDEROGA". It is shown in a field of dead grass alongside a line of red-orange trees. Purple mountains rise in the distance.
Artwork Details
Watercolor
Context
Shows the transportation of the Ticonderoga to the Shelburne Museum.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1979.22
Source or Donor
Webb, J. Shaw
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Artist
Webb, Dr. Grace A. (1888-1979)
Feb 19, 1955
Lexicon
Painting,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Land Voyage of the Ticonderoga - #11 Box Car
Name/Title
Land Voyage of the Ticonderoga - #11 Box Car
Entry/Object ID
1979.22.6
Description
Watercolor painting showing a large, white steamboat being pulled down a road. The boat has several levels, a single, black chimney, and the label "TICONDEROGA". It is on a series of rollers being pulled by a very small red truck. A white picket fence is in the foreground, hills of brown trees in the middle distance, and blue mountains in the background, one of which is identifiable as Camel's Hump.
Artwork Details
Watercolor
Context
Shows the transportation of the Ticonderoga to the Shelburne Museum.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1979.22
Source or Donor
Webb, J. Shaw
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Artist
Webb, Dr. Grace A. (1888-1979)
Mar 7, 1955
Lexicon
Painting,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Land Voyage of the Ticonderoga - #2 Suggesting An Etching
Name/Title
Land Voyage of the Ticonderoga - #2 Suggesting An Etching
Entry/Object ID
1979.22.2
Description
Watercolor painting showing a large, white steamboat. The boat has several levels and a single, black chimney. It has the name label "Ticonderoga" on the front of the uppermost level. The boat is shown either in water alongside land, or already on the land alongside water. There a yellow building at the lower left, a sign at the lower right, and an electrical or telephone pole at the right edge.
Artwork Details
Watercolor
Context
Shows the transportation of the Ticonderoga to the Shelburne Museum.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1979.22
Source or Donor
Webb, J. Shaw
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Artist
Webb, Dr. Grace A. (1888-1979)
Dec 31, 1954
Burlington
Lexicon
Painting,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Relationships
Shelburne Museum
Land Voyage of the Ticonderoga - #5 Above the Roofs
Name/Title
Land Voyage of the Ticonderoga - #5 Above the Roofs
Entry/Object ID
1979.22.4
Description
Watercolor painting showing a large, white steamboat sitting above the rooflines of a neighborhood. The boat has several levels and a single, black chimney. The bottom of the painting shows several rooflines and two men at the lower right.
Artwork Details
Watercolor
Context
Shows the transportation of the Ticonderoga to the Shelburne Museum.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1979.22
Source or Donor
Webb, J. Shaw
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Artist
Webb, Dr. Grace A. (1888-1979)
Jan 5, 1955
Burlington
Lexicon
Painting,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Relationships
Webb, Dr. Grace A. (1888-1979)
Leonora Lamb Kinsman
Interpretative Labels
Leonora Lamb Kinsman, c. 1836 Unknown Artist Barre, VT Oil on canvas Barre History Collection, #A-1161 Newell Kinsman (1795-1858) moved to Barre as a young lawyer and quickly established the leading law firm in town. This remarkable family group illustrates the talent of itinerant portrait painters of the day. Included in the group are his wife Leonora Lamb Kinsman (1810-1856) and their three children, George (b. 1829), Edward (b. 1831), and Ellen (b. 1833).
Name/Title
Leonora Lamb Kinsman
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-1161
Description
Portrait showing a woman in a black dress. The dress has an off-the-shoulder neckline with several pleats across the breast and low-set, full sleeves. She is draped across the shoulders with a translucent shawl. Her dark hair is parted in the center and looped in braids around her ears.
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil
Kinsman, Leonora (1810-1856)
Acquisition
Accession Number
2014.60
Source or Donor
Barre Historical Society, Inc.
Acquisition Method
Transfer
Made or Created
1836
Barre City
Lexicon
Portrait,Painting,Picture,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Lewis Robinson
Name/Title
Lewis Robinson
Entry/Object ID
1957.1.330
Description
Silhouette of man in stand up collar and tie. The bulk of the silhouette is cut, but details, like the shirt lines and hair, are drawn with pen.
Type of Drawing
Artwork Details
Robinson, Lewis (1793-1871)
Context
Lewis Robinson was a Windsor County engraver and printer, active c. 1816-1855, possibly later. His products include maps, lithographs, memorials and prints.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1957.1
Source or Donor
Rugg, Harold Goddard (1883-1957)
Acquisition Method
Bequest
Made or Created
1840
Lexicon
Silhouette,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Relationships
Windsor County
Lucretia Houghton Prentiss
Name/Title
Lucretia Houghton Prentiss
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-144
Description
Portrait of an older woman with center-parted dark grey hair. She is wearing an elaborately ruffled white cap and a white blouse with a ruffled collar. Over the blouse she is wearing a black dress and holding a red paisley shawl around her arms. The background is dark brown, and the whole is framed in an ornate gilded frame.
Artwork Details
Oil
Prentiss, Lucretia Houghton (1786-1855)
Context
Lucretia Prentiss of Northfield, Vermont, was the wife of Samuel Prentiss, US Senator for Vermont from 1831 to 1842.
Made or Created
Artist
Wood, Thomas Waterman (1823-1903)
1895
Lexicon
Painting,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Relationships
Northfield
Lucy Ainsworth Cooke
Interpretative Labels
Lucy Ainsworth Cooke, ca. 1846 Vermont Oil on canvas Gift of Julia Cooke Greenbank, 1936.7.2 Born in the Vermont hill town of Calais, Lucy Ainsworth (1819-1895) lived during a period of great social, economic, and political change. Many Americans responded to those changes by turning to movement ranging from evangelical Protestantism and abolitionism to phrenology and spiritualism. Lucy found a ready clientele for her ability to diagnose physical ailments, find missing wallets, or help sheriffs solve mysteries by entering a trancelike sleep known as mesmerism. According to family tradition "Sleeping Lucy" developed her clairvoyant skills gradually and did not begin to heal people until after her marriage to Charles Cooke in 1847. The couple settled in Reading, where they worked as a team until his death in 1855 and then Lucy moved to Montpelier. Eventually Lucy remarried and moved to Boston, where she continued to practice as Dr. Lucy Cooke, treating patients and running a successful mail-order herbal business. This portrait was probably done shortly after Lucy's first marriage (1846) since its match is a portrait of her husband, Charles Cooke. Though unknown, the artist skillfully captured Cooke's intensity in her eyes.
Name/Title
Lucy Ainsworth Cooke
Entry/Object ID
1936.7.2
Description
Portrait showing a woman with dark hair and a black dress. The folk-style portrait shows a woman with brown hair, parted in the center and pulled into looped braids in the back. She has brown eyes, a straight nose, a point chin, and is shown with a very slight smile. She is wearing a gold-toned beaded necklace, and the neckline of her dress is trimmed in white lace with a gold brooch at the center. Her black dress is pleated outward from the center, forming a large V that is held in place at the waist. The background of the painting is brown.
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil
Raddin, Lucy Ainsworth Cooke (1819-1895)
Context
Lucy A. Cooke, or Sleeping Lucy, was a famous clairvoyant from Calais, VT.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1936.7
Source or Donor
Greenbank, Julia Ainsworth Cook (1850-1929)
Credit Line
Gift of Julia Cooke Greenbank
Made or Created
1846
Vermont
Lexicon
Portrait,Painting,Picture,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Relationships
Calais
Lydia Powers Paddock
Interpretative Labels
Lydia Powers Paddock, c. 1790 Attributed to Winthrop Chandler (1747-1790) Worcester, MA Oil on canvas Barre History Collection, #A-1071 Lydia Powers, aunt of famed Vermont sculptor Hiram Powers, married Dr. Robert Paddock of Woodstock and, in 1814, moved to Barre. Unlike other portrait artists of the day, Winthrop Chandler did not travel. Instead, subjects came to his home in either Massachusetts or Connecticut.
Name/Title
Lydia Powers Paddock
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-1071
Description
Portrait showing a woman wearing a black, apron-front dress with a translucent, white collar and cap. The cap is ruffled around her face and along the top of her head, and is both decorated and held beneath her chin with green striped ribbon. The collar pins the front of the gown below the neckline, showing an additional white layer worn underneath the main gown. She is holding a small, round tin on a white handkerchief or apron, and is wearing a ring with a heart-shaped head. She is sitting in a yellow Windsor chair.
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil
Paddock, Lydia Powers (1772-1815)
Acquisition
Accession Number
2014.60
Source or Donor
Barre Historical Society, Inc.
Acquisition Method
Transfer
Made or Created
Artist
Chandler, Winthrop
Attribution
Attributed to
1790
Worcester
Lexicon
Portrait,Painting,Picture,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Relationships
Woodstock, Barre City
Man with Rutland Herald
Interpretative Labels
Unfortunately the identity of the man in this portrait is unknown. The four portraits in this family group were found in the Chippenhook section of Clarendon and the family was probably from that area. The details in the portraits provide some information about the sitters. They are dressed and coiffed in a stylish yet restrained manner. The man is holding a Rutland Herald indicating that he was literate and reinforcing his Vermont connection. To the left of his shoulder you will see a drawing compass and square, indicating that he was a Mason. This would have been a strong political statement during a time when the majority of Vermonters viewed Masonic membership as undemocratic. Aaron Dean Fletcher (1817-1902) was born in Springfield, Vermont. He was self-taught and began his career in the Springfield area painting neighbors and friends from 1835 to 1839. By 1840 he had moved to Keeseville, New York. The Chippenhook portraits may have been painted by Fletcher on his way to New York. They have his characteristic olive background and black outlining of figures. Like many itinerant artists of the time, Fletcher traveled west to Indiana in 1856, but returned after a year to New York, where he continued to earn a meager living as an artist. He died in Keeseville in 1902. The frames are modern.
Name/Title
Man with Rutland Herald
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-100
Description
Portrait of a man in a black suit holding a newspaper. The man has dark hair swept to the left and long side burns. He is shown cleanshaven and with light-colored eyes. He is wearing a high-collared suit consisting of a black coat, black vest that opens at the center, black tie, and white shirt. He is leaning against a red upholstered furniture arm, and holding a newspaper with the letters "RALD" visible at the top [Rutland Herald]. A compass and square are painted into the background at the left, indicating Masonic ties.
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil
Context
Found in Clarendon, Vermont
Made or Created
Artist
Fletcher, Aaron Dean
1835
Lexicon
Painting,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Relationships
Freemasons
Clarendon
Margaret Fay Brown
Interpretative Labels
Margaret Fay Brown, c. 1857 Unknown Artist Bennington, VT Oil on canvas Gift of Margaret Fay Shaw Campbell, #A-598 Margaret Hyde Fay Brown (1833-1922) came from the prominent Fay family of Bennington. Her grandfather, Stephen Fay, owned what we now call the Catamount Tavern during the American Revolution.
Name/Title
Margaret Fay Brown
Entry/Object ID
1990.20.3
Description
Portrait showing a dark-haired woman in seated pose. She is wearing a dark gown with a low center-front split and a white blouse or shawl under the outer robe. Her hair is parted down the center and is held in ringlets at the nape of her neck.
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil
Brown, Margaret Hyde Fay (1833-1922)
Acquisition
Accession Number
1990.20
Source or Donor
Campbell, Margaret Fay Shaw
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Artist
Lawman, Jasper Holman
Attribution
Possibly
1855-1857
Bennington
Lexicon
Painting,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Martin Chittenden
Name/Title
Martin Chittenden
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-545
Description
Miniature portrait of a man. The man is shown with rose cheeks and light-colored hair parted at the side and with long sideburns. He is wearing a high-necked suit consisting of a black jacket, light-colored brocade waistcoat, black cravat, and white, high-collard shirt. The background is blue. The whole is set into a black velvet frame with an ormolu oak leaf attachment at the top.
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Watercolor, Ivory
Chittenden, Martin (1763-1840)
Lexicon
Painting, Miniature,Painting,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Mary Ann Williams
Interpretative Labels
Mary Ann Williams, c. 1845 Benjamin Franklin Mason (1804-1871) Woodstock, VT Oil on canvas #A-761 Norman and Mary Ann Williams were prominent citizens of Woodstock. He held numerous town, county, and state offices, including a seat on the commission that oversaw the design of the third Vermont State House. Their son, Dr. Edward Williams, built the town library on the site of their home in 1884 and named it after Norman. Benjamin Mason traveled throughout the northern tier of the United States producing portraits of many prominent citizens. He's known to have visited Woodstock a number of times.
Name/Title
Mary Ann Williams
Entry/Object ID
2006.6.2
Description
Portrait showing a woman wearing a black dress with a pleated, white lace collar. Around her neck she is wearing a translucent, blue scarf pinned at center front with an oval mourning brooch. The brooch is a black oval with a central portion containing hair held in a woven design. She is wrapped in a paisley shawl and sitting on a red upholstered chair. Her hair is parted in the center and falls in ringlets on either side.
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil
Williams, Mary Ann Wentworth Brown (1795-1879)
Acquisition
Accession Number
2006.6
Source or Donor
Garsh, Lee
Garsh, Brenda
Acquisition Method
Purchase
Credit Line
Made or Created
Artist
Mason, Benjamin Franklin (1804-1871)
1840-1850
Woodstock
Lexicon
Portrait,Painting,Picture,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall (framed)
Mary Palmer Hunt Tyler
Name/Title
Mary Palmer Hunt Tyler
Entry/Object ID
1932.5.7
Description
Bas relief plaster bust showing an elderly woman. Her hair is parted in the center, and she is wearing a bonnet that falls in layers on either side of her facing. She is wearing a high-necked blouse with a bow in the center of her neck and a small medallion beneath the bow. The background of the piece is an oval. The back of the sculpture is rough, with a concave portion behind the relief.
Artwork Details
Plaster
Tyler, Mary Palmer Hunt (1775-1866)
Acquisition
Accession Number
1932.5
Source or Donor
Brown, Helen Tyler
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
1858
Lexicon
Bas-Relief,Relief,Sculpture,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Relationships
Tyler, Royall (1757-1826)
Brattleboro
Mildred Howells
Name/Title
Mildred Howells
Entry/Object ID
1961.16
Description
Bas-relief portrait carving a young girl. She is shown with a high collar and a brimmed hat on her head, tied beneath her chin. Under the hat, the girl's hair is down and she has short bangs. The background slab is rectangular with an arched top, similar in shape to a tombstone.
Artwork Details
Marble
Howells, Mildred
Context
Portrait medallion showing Mildred Howells at age 10.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1961.16
Source or Donor
Howells, Mildred
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Artist
Mead, Larkin Goldsmith (1835-1910)
1882
Florence
Lexicon
Bas-Relief,Relief,Sculpture,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Mildred Lucas Austin
Name/Title
Mildred Lucas Austin
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-180
Description
Portrait of a woman lounging in a chair. She has short, grey hair and is wearing a long, sleeveless aqua velvet evening dress and a long beaded necklace. She is seated in a red upholstered arm chair, leaning on a side table to her right.
Artwork Details
Oil
Austin, Mildred Mary Lucas (1874-1973)
Made or Created
Artist
Slade, C.A.
1936
Washington
Lexicon
Painting,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Montpelier from Col. Jewett's Hill
Interpretative Labels
Montpelier from Col. Jewett's Hill, 1891 James Franklin Gilman (1842-1929) Montpelier, VT Oil on canvas Gift of Louise Andrews Kent, 1974.39.1 This view of Montpelier from what is now Terrace Street provides a great picture of Montpelier at the cusp of the 20th century. Notice the red painted dome of the State House and the prominent Montpelier Seminary in the background. James Gilman was a prolific landscape painter throughout Washington County in the late 19th century. A number of his works can be found elsewhere in this gallery.
Name/Title
Montpelier from Col. Jewett's Hill
Entry/Object ID
1974.39.1
Description
Painting showing a distant view of a city situated in a valley between multiple mountains. There is a white house on the left edge of the painting along a road lined with mature trees and leading into the city in the distance. The dome of the capital rises in the middle distance, and the rectangular form of the seminary is prominently visible in the distance. Several other domestic and business structures line the roads. The mountains and hills surrounding the city alternate between forest and fields, and the sky is filled with clouds.
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil
Montpelier as seen from Terrace Street
Montpelier
Context
Painted by James Franklin Gilman near Montpelier in 1891.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1974.39
Source or Donor
Kent, Louise Andrews (1886-1969)
Made or Created
Artist
Gilman, James Franklin (1850-1929)
Role
Painter
1891
Montpelier
Lexicon
Landscape,Painting,Picture,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Mount Vermont, the Situation of Gen'l George Washington
Name/Title
Mount Vermont, the Situation of Gen'l George Washington
Entry/Object ID
1987.43.1
Description
Watercolor painting showing a large building (Mount Vernon) atop a green hill. The two-and-a-half-story columned building sits on a rise in the middle ground. Trees and other foliage are along left and right borders and around the home. In the left background there is a body of water (Potomac River) with boats. The piece is signed at the lower right, "Lovisa Catterton Nov. 30, 1816 at Middlebury, Vt."
Artwork Details
Watercolor on paper
Mount Vernon
Context
Painted by Lovisa (or Louisa) Chatterton while a student at Emma Willard's Middlebury Female Seminary in 1816.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1987.43
Source or Donor
Northrop, Donald
Acquisition Method
Purchase
Made or Created
Artist
Hammond, Louisa Chatterton (1795-1868)
Nov 30, 1816
Middlebury
Lexicon
Painting,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Mrs. Rowena Randall Joyce
Name/Title
Mrs. Rowena Randall Joyce
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-36
Description
Oval portrait of a woman in a black dress. She is show with dark, center-parted hair gathered at the back of her head. She is wearing red earrings and a red pendant necklace. The square neckline of her dress is trimmed in white lace and black-and-red patterned ribbon. The portrait is held in an ornate gilded wood frame.
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil
Joyce, Rowena Randall (1834-1902)
Made or Created
Artist
Mason, Benjamin Franklin (1804-1871)
1865
Lexicon
Painting,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
My Mother
Name/Title
My Mother
Entry/Object ID
1988.22.1
Description
Portrait of an elderly woman to the chest. She has oval wire frame glasses, and her hair is parted down the center and pulled back. She is wearing a print dress with a lace collar. At the throat is a hair broach, and she has a chain around her neck twice.
Artwork Details
Merrill, Emeline W. (1838-1935)
Context
Emeline Merrill was from Ryegate, Vermont.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1988.22
Source or Donor
New Hampshire Historical Society
Acquisition Method
Transfer
Made or Created
Artist
Merrill, Hiram Campbell (1866-1958)
1943
Lexicon
Engraving,Print, Intaglio,Print,Graphic Documents,Documentary Objects,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
New Rural School
Name/Title
New Rural School
Entry/Object ID
2003.64.1
Description
Watercolor of a rural school house with trees and fields in foreground and a village in the background. It is mounted within a brown mat that has the label, "THE NEW RURAL SCHOOL" and a thin silver line around the mat opening. The whole is framed in a black wooden frame with a simple molding.
Artwork Details
Watercolor on paper
Context
Given to Lenora Stevens Farnham as second prize in a speaking contest for women aged 50-90 in 1924. Painted by Verna Stebbins of Montpelier, VT.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2003.64
Source or Donor
Farnham, Madeline H.
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Artist
Stebbins, Verna
1924-1924
Montpelier
Lexicon
Painting,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Relationships
Farnham, Lenora Rachael Stevens (1869-1943), Daughters of the American Revolution
Newell Kinsman
Interpretative Labels
Newell Kinsman, c. 1836 Unknown Artist Barre, VT Oil on canvas Barre History Collection, #A-1160 Newell Kinsman (1795-1858) moved to Barre as a young lawyer and quickly established the leading law firm in town. This remarkable family group illustrates the talent of itinerant portrait painters of the day. Included in the group are his wife Leonora Lamb Linsman (1810-1856) and their three children, George (b. 1829), Edward (b. 1831), and Ellen (b. 1833)
Name/Title
Newell Kinsman
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-1160
Description
Portrait showing a man wearing a black-three piece suit, a white shirt with a high collar, and a large, black bow tie. He has curly hair and appears to be looking directly at the viewer.
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil
Kinsman, Newell (1795-1858)
Acquisition
Accession Number
2014.60
Source or Donor
Barre Historical Society, Inc.
Acquisition Method
Transfer
Made or Created
1836
Barre City
Lexicon
Painting,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Norman Williams
Interpretative Labels
Norman Williams, c. 1845 Benjamin Franklin Mason (1804-1871) Woodstock, VT Oil on canvas #A-761 Norman and Mary Ann Williams were prominent citizens of Woodstock. He held numerous town, county, and state offices, including a seat on the commission that oversaw the design of the third Vermont State House. Their son, Dr. Edward Williams, built the town library on the site of their home in 1884 and named it after Norman. Benjamin Mason traveled throughout the northern tier of the United States producing portraits of many prominent citizens. He's known to have visited Woodstock a number of times.
Name/Title
Norman Williams
Entry/Object ID
2006.6.1
Description
Portrait showing a man wearing a black, three-piece suit, a white shirt with a fall collar, and black tie. His hairline has receded significantly, but wisps of hair have been brushed forward to disguise it.

The golden frame is very ornate, with an arched top to the opening and elaborately molded borders.
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil
Williams, Norman (1791-1868)
Acquisition
Accession Number
2006.6
Source or Donor
Garsh, Lee
Garsh, Brenda
Acquisition Method
Purchase
Credit Line
Made or Created
Artist
Mason, Benjamin Franklin (1804-1871)
1840-1850
Woodstock
Lexicon
Portrait,Painting,Picture,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall (framed)
Relationships
Williams, Norman (1791-1868)
North Dorset
Interpretative Labels
North Dorset, late 19th century Unknown Artist Dorset, VT Oil on canvas Gift of Norman Dieter, #A-161 Landscape view of North Dorset, Vermont, in the style of the Hudson River School.
Name/Title
North Dorset
Entry/Object ID
1972.65.1
Description
Painting of a landscape showing a wide valley between several mountains. A town center is at the center of the composition, consisting of several buildings, with roads leading outward from the center, primarily to the left of the composition. The valley is dotted throughout with houses, trees, and fields. The mountains on either side are tree covered with varied lighting from cloud cover.
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil
Dorset
Acquisition
Accession Number
1972.65
Source or Donor
Dieter, Norman
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
19th Century
Lexicon
Landscape,Painting,Picture,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Plaque
Name/Title
Plaque
Entry/Object ID
1992.32.1
Description
Particleboard rectangular plaque with two large plaster bas relief medallions and two metal coins embedded in the lower corners. The bas relief on the proper right shows a depiction of Robert Frost, and the one on the proper left shows the Vermont state seal. The coins echo the bas reliefs.
Artwork Details
Plaster
Vermont state seal
Frost, Robert Lee (1874-1963)
Context
The reliefs on the plaque were models made to create Vermont's Presidential Art Medal, 1963. Two examples of the coins (showing either side) are included in the lower corners of the plaque.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1992.32
Source or Donor
Vermont Division for Historic Preservation
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Artist
Menconi, Ralph
Presidential Art Medals, Inc.
1963
Englewood
Lexicon
Plaque,Organizational Objects,Ceremonial Objects,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Portrait of a Man
Name/Title
Portrait of a Man
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-101
Description
Portrait of a man. He is shown wearing a suit consisting of a black jacket, black vest, black bow time, and white shirt. His shirt has a high collar that folds over and the top and has rounded points. He has brown hair that is parted at the side and long sideburns that reach down under his chin. He is wearing a gold pin at his breast and a pocket watch on a loop around his neck. He left hand is resting on the back of a chair.
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil
Context
Found in Clarendon, Vermont
Made or Created
Artist
Fletcher, Aaron Dean
1835-1840
Lexicon
Painting,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Relationships
Clarendon
Rear Admiral Charles Clark
Name/Title
Rear Admiral Charles Clark
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-171
Description
Portrait of an older man in an all white military uniform. He is shown from the knees up, standing facing the right with binoculars in his right hand and a cap in his left hand. He has short, center-parted grey hair and a grey mustache. There is a sword hanging at his left hip.
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil
Clark, Charles E. (1843-1922)
Context
Rear Admiral Charles Clark, of Bradford, Vermont, was an officer in the US Navy during the Civil War and the Spanish-American War.
Made or Created
Artist
Wood, Thomas Waterman (1823-1903)
1902
Lexicon
Painting,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Relationships
US Navy
Bradford
Civil War, Spanish-American War
Rebecca Peabody Davis
Name/Title
Rebecca Peabody Davis
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-169
Description
Portrait of a woman in dark clothes with a ruffled, white cap. The ruffles of her cap encompass her whole face and are trimmed at the center top and below the chin with wide, pink ribbon. Her black dress has wide sleeves and a high neckline. A few pearls peek out at the center of the neckline. She is sitting in a wooden chair, and the background of the painting is brown. The whole is framed in a veneered wooden frame with simple molding and hanging ring at the center top.
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil
Davis, Rebecca Peabody (1770-1854)
Context
Rebecca Peabody Davis was an early physician and surgeon in Montpelier, Vermont
Made or Created
1840
Lexicon
Painting,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Rena Cynthia Guernsey Davis
Name/Title
Rena Cynthia Guernsey Davis
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-14
Description
Full length portrait of a young girl with white dog, outside on a summer day. The girl has long blonde hair and is wearing a brimmed, straw hat. She is show wearing a white dress with a green ruffle along the knee-length hem. She is standing near a road amid wildflowers, and a house can be seen in the background.
Artwork Details
Watercolor
Davis, Rena Cynthia Guernsey (1875-1918)
Context
Painted by James Franklin Gilman, 1885
Made or Created
Artist
Gilman, James Franklin (1850-1929)
1885
Lexicon
Painting,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Relationships
Montpelier, Calais
Rowland Evans Robinson
Name/Title
Rowland Evans Robinson
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-201
Description
Watercolor portrait of an older man with a long white beard and short hair. He is shown at profile facing left. He is wearing a suit jacket. The painting is signed at the lower left, "R.R."
Artwork Details
Watercolor
Robinson, Rowland Evans (1833-1900)
Context
Rowland Evans Robinson of Ferrisburgh, VT, was an artist and author, as was his daughter Rachel Robinson Elmer, who painted this portrait.
Made or Created
Artist
Elmer, Rachel Robinson (1878-1919)
Role
Painter
1895
Lexicon
Painting,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Relationships
Ferrisburgh
Samuel Crafts
Name/Title
Samuel Crafts
Entry/Object ID
1999.45.1
Description
Miniature portrait of a man wearing a white shirt and black coat. He has short hair, and his collar stands high. The oval portrait is within a black and gold eglomise frame with gold scalloped detailing around the frame opening. The whole is within a gilded rectangular frame with a simple molding profile and a ring for hanging at the center top.
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Glass, Wood, Ivory
Crafts, Samuel C. (1768-1853)
Context
Shows Samuel Crafts of Craftsbury, Vermont
Acquisition
Accession Number
1999.45
Source or Donor
J. Dickerson, Inc.
Acquisition Method
Purchase
Made or Created
1810
Lexicon
Painting, Miniature,Painting,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall (framed)
Relationships
Craftsbury
Sculpture
Name/Title
Sculpture
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-1137
Description
Plaster sculpture of a greyhound. He is shown standing, with his attention forward, and his tail pointed downward. An iron rod extends from the base into the dog's chest. The body of the dog is lean and muscular, and ribs can be seen. The dog's legs are lean, and it is in a relaxed standing position. Between its hind legs is a thin tale, splintering at the end. The base has three descending levels. Both the base and the dog are covered in scratches, presumably from an artists tool.
Artwork Details
Clay
Greyhound
Context
This sculpture was used as a model for freehand drawing at the Barre Evening Drawing School, founded by Carlo Abate in 1911.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2014.60
Source or Donor
Barre Historical Society, Inc.
Acquisition Method
Transfer
Made or Created
Artist
Abate, Carlo (1859-1941)
1920
Lexicon
Sculpture,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Relationships
Barre City
Self Portrait
Name/Title
Self Portrait
Entry/Object ID
1998.22.13
Description
Portrait of a woman from the shoulders up. She has brown hair swept back away from her face and is wearing glasses and red lipstick. She is wearing a red blazer and a white or grey shirt.
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil
Mould, Ruth Greene
Acquisition
Accession Number
1998.22
Source or Donor
Mould, Channing
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Artist
Mould, Ruth Greene
1930-1940
Burlington
Lexicon
Painting,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Sen. Justin Morrill
Interpretative Labels
Sen. Justin Morrill, 1892 Thomas Waterman Wood (1823-1903) Montpelier, VT Oil on canvas Gift of Thomas Waterman Wood, #A-164 Sen. Justin Morrill served Vermont in the United States House of Representatives from 1855 to 1867 and in the United States Senate from 1867 to 1898. He helped found the Republican party, assisted in drafting the 14th Amendment, and, most famously, wrote the legislation that created the land-grant college system. His home in Strafford is now a Vermont State Historic Site. Thomas W. Wood is arguably Montpelier's most famous artist. The son of a cabinet maker, he was largely self-taught, yet rose to the highest ranks of genre painters in the United States.
Name/Title
Sen. Justin Morrill
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-164
Description
Portrait showing and older man wearing a black three-piece suit, a white shirt with a stand collar, and a black bow tie. He is shown sitting in carved, wooden arm chair holding a newspaper in his right hand and spectacles in his left hand. His grey hair is parted on the side, and he has long sideburns extending toward his mouth in muttonchops. The painting is in an ornate gold frame with carved or molded acanthus leaves.
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil
Morrill, Justin Smith (1810-1898)
Made or Created
Artist
Wood, Thomas Waterman (1823-1903)
1892
Montpelier
Lexicon
Painting,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Web Bookmarks, Links and URLs
Sign
Name/Title
Sign
Entry/Object ID
2003.13
Description
Wooden sign with the gold-painted inscription, "WHITE-RIVER-BRIDGE, LOTTERY OFFICE." The sign consists of a half-circle above a rectangle. The whole is painted black and textured with sand. At the center of the sign is a painting of a cornucopia tilting downward to pour coins into an upturned top hat. The sign is framed with a narrow piece of wood.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2003.13
Source or Donor
FIC
Acquisition Method
Found in Collection
Credit Line
Found in Collection
Made or Created
1826
Lexicon
Sign,Visual Communication Devices,Visual Communication T&E,Category 06: Tools & Equipment for Communication
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Wood
Relationships
Hartford
Sign
Name/Title
Sign
Entry/Object ID
2001.31.1
Description
Metal sign that has a green leaf at the top and the words "DON'T / TRASH / VERMONT" in the bottom half in black.
Acquisition
Accession Number
2001.31
Source or Donor
Vermont Green Up, Inc.
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
2001
Lexicon
Sign,Visual Communication Devices,Visual Communication T&E,Category 06: Tools & Equipment for Communication
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Metal
Relationships
Green Up Day
Social Security
Interpretative Labels
Social Security, 1946 Francis P. Colburn (1909-1984) Burlington, Vermont Oil on canvas Given in Memory of Francis Colburn, #2008.8.1 Noted Vermont artist and humorist Francis Colburn painted the Vermont scene, with a special sensitivity to characters, for over fifty years. For much of the Great Depression he painted in southern Vermont where his realist style evoked the struggle and stoicism of farm families confronting the challenges of working failing hill farms. In the 1940s he moved to Burlington where he founded and chaired the art department at the University of Vermont. This portrait, painted in his later, more-abstract style, is entitled “Social Security.” In composition it relates to earlier, darker works reflecting the fragility of life on a hill farm. However, this piece with its bright colors, smiling subject, and ordered landscape evokes a sense of relief brought by the federal social safety net. For most of its history, the only financial security available in Vermont was land ownership. Throughout the early 20th century, the production value of this land quickly declined making the farms liabilities to their owners. Industrial workers often owned no property and lived hand-to-mouth as long as work was available. The advent of Social Security as part of the large New Deal suite of legislation allowed most Vermonters the first glimpse of financial security they had ever seen.
Name/Title
Social Security
Entry/Object ID
2008.8.1
Description
Painting showing an elderly woman sitting on a couch with a very angular scene of fenced-in backyards. Though depicted outside, the woman is seated within an interior set up, with a round floor rug, a side table and lamp, and portions of a wood floor. She is wearing a pink dress with a white color. Behind her is a bright green house, two fenced-in yards, rolling hills, and mountains.
Artwork Details
Oil on Canvas
Acquisition
Accession Number
2008.8
Source or Donor
Bogorad, Ruth P.
Acquisition Method
Gift
Credit Line
In memory of Francis Colburn
Made or Created
Artist
Colburn, Francis Peabody (1909-1984)
1946
Lexicon
Painting,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
St. Francis Preaches to the Birds
Name/Title
St. Francis Preaches to the Birds
Entry/Object ID
1990.21.1
Description
Art book entitled, "St. Francis Preaches to the Birds", by Bread and Puppet. The book is bound into a hardcover folder held at the binding with screws. The images within are rough woodcuts painted with watercolor. Images include St. Francis walking, St. Francis with his hands raised, a window showing the sun, a toothbrush, a foot, a milk jug, a coffee mug, houses, an apple tree, hills, and birds. The back cover is printed all over with flying birds. The pages of the book are folded into the binding in such a way that they can be removed and displayed horizontally.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1990.21
Source or Donor
Carris, David
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Artist
Schumann, Peter
Bread and Puppet Theater
1979
Newark
Lexicon
Print,Graphic Documents,Documentary Objects,Category 08: Communication Objects
Storage Silos in Monkton
Name/Title
Storage Silos in Monkton
Entry/Object ID
1998.22.26
Description
Painting showing several metal-clad tubes (silos) painted in shades of blue. There is a streetlight in the lower left corner.
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil
Monkton
Acquisition
Accession Number
1998.22
Source or Donor
Mould, Channing
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Artist
Mould, Ruth Greene
1961
Lexicon
Painting,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Susan Elizabeth Griggs Dewey
Interpretative Labels
Susan Elizabeth Griggs Dewey Unknown Montpelier, VT Oil on canvas Gift of Emily Shipman Howland Gay, #A-577 Dr. Julius Dewey (1801-1877) practiced medicine in Montpelier, Vermont until the 1840s when he founded the National Life insurance company. What started out as a one-man operation soon turned into a major, national corporation still in operation today. His son, Admiral George Dewey, went on to fame in the Spanish American War. Susan Dewey was Dr. Dewey's third wife.
Name/Title
Susan Elizabeth Griggs Dewey
Entry/Object ID
1989.23.3
Description
Oval portrait of a woman seating wearing a blue gown with a pink central bodice and black, fur shawl. Her dark hair is curled close to her head and held in a chin-length style and she has a small smile. Her dress is embellished with self-fabric ruffles along the center edges. She is draping her right arm on a white marble table and loosely clasping her hands in front of her.
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil on Canvas
Dewey, Susan Elizabeth Griggs(1816-1886)
Context
Susan Dewey lived in Montpelier and was the mother of Spanish-American War hero Admiral George Dewey.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1989.23
Source or Donor
Gay, Emily Shipman Howland Mansfield (1907-1996)
Acquisition Method
Gift
Credit Line
Susan Howland estate
Made or Created
1860
Montpelier
Lexicon
Painting,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Relationships
Dewey, Julius Yemans (1801-1877)
The Contra Dancers, 1896
Interpretative Labels
After graduating from high school in Pennsylvania, Lucy spent one year in Paris to study art and then four years in Vienna where she studied at the Wiener Frauen Akademie, an art school for women. There she designed costumes for Vienna balls. It was also in Vienna where she met her husband, Gerhard Pfeiffer. Lucy moved to Montpelier in 1966. Pfeifer began working with costuming soft dolls she bought in stores but didn't like their embroidered faces. Shortly before the Pfiefers moved to Montpelier in 1966 Lucy began making her own papier-mache dolls which she called figurines. Over the next to decades Pfeifer created over 40 of these exquisite, meticulously dressed figures. Each was unique with special features, coloring, and carefully researched costumes. Pfeifer estimated that it took her two months to produce each figure. The figurines from the 1970s were modeled on people Pfeifer saw in Montpelier. She never sold any of her works and stopped making her figurines in the late 1980s.
Name/Title
The Contra Dancers, 1896
Entry/Object ID
2003.14.22.1
Description
Decorative figurine showing a man and a woman posed as if dancing together. The woman is wearing a white-and-purple checked dress (bodice and skirt) with a black belt at her waist. She has brown hair and is wearing a small bonnet topped with pink and white flowers. The man is wearing denim overalls and a long-sleeved white shirt. He has brown shoes, a large brown hat, and a red handkerchief in his back pocket. He has white hair and a long white beard. The figures are on a green, oval base, and there is a bifold paper label that reads "The Contra Dancers 1896".
Artwork Details
Papier-mâché
Dancers at the Tunbridge Fair Square Dance
Context
Made by Lucy Rivelis Pfeiffer in Montpelier, Vermont
Acquisition
Accession Number
2003.14
Source or Donor
Pfeiffer, Lucy Rivelis (1912-2002)
Acquisition Method
Bequest
Made or Created
Artist
Pfeiffer, Lucy Rivelis (1912-2002)
1965-1985
Montpelier
Lexicon
Figurine,Statue,Sculpture,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Relationships
Tunbridge
The Cooler, Vermont
Name/Title
The Cooler, Vermont
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-194
Description
Woodcut print of a wooden door set into a hillside. Inside the door is a large milk jug. A bench and post topped with a bucket is at the bottom left. There are a shed and hills in the background.
Made or Created
Artist
Appleton, LeRoy H. (1893-1980)
1930
Thetford
Lexicon
Engraving,Print, Intaglio,Print,Graphic Documents,Documentary Objects,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
The Council of War
Name/Title
The Council of War
Entry/Object ID
1908.5
Description
Scenic sculpture showing three men (Ulysses Grant, Abraham Lincoln, and Edwin Stanton). Lincoln is seated in the middle of the other two men, who are standing. Lincoln is holding a large scroll or piece of paper.
Artwork Details
Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865), Grant, Ulysses S. (1822-1855), Stanton, Edwin (1814-1869)
Acquisition
Accession Number
1908.5
Source or Donor
Chadwick, Mr. and Mrs.
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Artist
Rogers, John (1829–1904)
Role
Sculptor
19th Century
Lexicon
Sculpture,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Relationships
Civil War
The Granite Country
Name/Title
The Granite Country
Entry/Object ID
1996.10.1
Description
Landscape with an elm tree prominently placed in the left foreground. There is another elm to its right in the middle ground. Stone walls, fences and a hilly field complete the fore and middle grounds. A farm with several outbuildings is behind the smaller elm. There are mountains in background, and granite derricks are also shown in the background to the right.
Artwork Details
Barre City
Acquisition
Accession Number
1996.10
Source or Donor
Marks, William
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Artist
Lucioni, Luigi (1900-1988)
1932-1932
Barre City
Lexicon
Print,Graphic Documents,Documentary Objects,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
The Hiker
Name/Title
The Hiker
Entry/Object ID
1964.42.1
Description
Plaster statue of a young man leaning against a pillar. The man is dressed in a hat, collared shirt and long trousers. His long-sleeved shirt is open to his chest and has a pocket on the left. A thick, segmented belt or bandolier sits around his waist, and he is wearing stiff boots that rise to mid-calf. He is leaning casually, with one arm draped across the waist-high pillar, and the other hand placed on his waist. The inscription "C. Abate" is carved on the left side of the base.
Artwork Details
Plaster
Context
Made in 1898 by Carlo Abate in Barre, VT.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1964.42
Source or Donor
Boyce, Floy E.
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Artist
Abate, Carlo (1859-1941)
1898
Barre City
Lexicon
Statue,Sculpture,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Relationships
Spanish-American War
The Village Blacksmith
Interpretative Labels
Napoleon DeGuise was born in 1894 and began whittling in 1932, "to save the old ways...for the younger generation." DeGuise whittled during his free time while running his barber shop. He gave many pieces away, but his work also traveled to craft shows around the country and was featured in The Saturday Evening Post in 1944 and the book Handicrafts of New England by Allen Eaton in 1949. DeGuise was born in Burlington and used Vermont pine and a knife or his own electric barber's clipper to create most of his carvings. DeGuise's work not only depicted life at the time, but showcased New England traditions of handcrafts and woodcarving. The Village Blacksmith contains about 20 pieces, from a large bellows to a tiny horseshoe. This diorama seems to highlight the bustle of a blacksmith shop, with one man working the forge and another shoeing a horse. Even the two men not at work appear to be having a discussion, possibly about the horse next to them. While both dioramas are places of work, the Blacksmith's shows a busier side.
Name/Title
The Village Blacksmith
Entry/Object ID
1991.46.3
Description
Carved wooden diorama showing the interior of a building in which several men are working. One is shoeing a horse or donkey, two are talking, and another is working a large, ceiling-mounted bellows and forging an object within a fire. Objects around the room include tools, a barrel/bucket, a broom, a tool case, and an anvil. The bottom front is carved with the title, "THE VILLAGE BLACKSMITH". On the upper right corner is the inked label, "REPLICA PETE HURLBERT SHOP STOWE ST WATERBURY VT 1814".
Artwork Details
Wood
Interior of a Pete Hurlbert's blacksmith shop
Waterbury
Context
Made by Napoleon DeGuise of Waterbury, Vermont
Acquisition
Accession Number
1991.46
Source or Donor
Tarbell, Cornelia
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Artist
DeGuise, Napoleon F. (1894-1950)
1945-1950
Waterbury
Lexicon
Carving,Sculpture,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
The Warren Family
Name/Title
The Warren Family
Entry/Object ID
1952.41.1
Description
Portrait showing three figures: a man, a woman, and a child (left to right). The man is shown wearing a black suit coat with a white, high-collared shirt and white cravat. He is holding a green book in his right hand. The child is shown with light-colored hair, parted in the center and and falling in curls behind the head. The child is wearing a white, short-sleeved dress and holding a small sprig of greenery. The woman is shown with brown hair, parted in the center and looped around her ears. She is wearing a black dress with white lace at the neckline, and two gold chains around her neck. The group is placed in front of a bookcase, and red curtains frame the top corners. The whole is framed in a light-colored birds-eye frame.
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil
The Warren Family, Lester, Elvira, and child.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1952.41
Source or Donor
Burnham, Mary Jennie Warren
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Artist
Warren, Elise
Lexicon
Painting,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Relationships
Calais, East Montpelier
The Whipples
Interpretative Labels
The Whipples, ca. 1950 Oil on canvas Hilda Belcher Gift of Stephen Patterson Belcher, Jr., and Barbara Belcher Mericle, 1993 One can feel the affection Hilda Belcher felt for these children, her neighbors in Pittsford, Vermont. The warmth of tone and expression is communicated beautifully in this candid portrait of three very real children, with varying expressions on their faces that give more than a little hint as to their personalities. It is quite a contrast to the flat expressionless faces of so many of the young children in the portraits of the previous century, when children were really regarded as little adults, rather than a separate species from their parents as they became at a later date.
Name/Title
The Whipples
Entry/Object ID
1993.23.1
Description
Painting showing three young children. The one at the back left has short blonde hair and is wearing a loose, red or pink coat over a black dress. The one at the center front is wearing a black knitted hat, a large brown coat, black mittens, and a grey skirt or pants. The one at the right has short brown hair and is wearing an orange sweater and brown pants with his left hand in his pants pocket.
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil
Metcalf, Nellie Elizabeth Whipple (1927-1997), Whipple, Leon Julius (1934-1990), Whipple, Philip Arthur (b. 1947)
Acquisition
Accession Number
1993.23
Source or Donor
Belcher, Stephen Patterson Jr.
Mericle, Barbara Belcher
Acquisition Method
Made or Created
Artist
Belcher, Hilda (1881-1963)
1950
Lexicon
Painting,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Transparency
Name/Title
Transparency
Entry/Object ID
2020.15.12
Description
Drawing on clear plastic showing a man and young boy riding on a steam-powered wagon. Surrounding them are toppled and fleeing forms of a cow, a milkmaid, a duck, a chicken, and a farmer. The sheet is mounted onto cardboard with clear tape at the center top, and "SHOOT SAME SIZE/TREAT WITH CARE, AS INK comes off the plastic -/page 40/41" is written in red pencil beneath the artwork.
Type of Drawing
Acquisition
Accession Number
2020.15
Acquisition Method
Found in Collection
Vermont Capitol, Montpelier
Interpretative Labels
Vermont Capitol, Montpelier, 1858-1859 J. H. Bufford's Lithographic and Publishing House (1857-1864) Boston, MA Print on paper #A-178 This print was produced to celebrate the opening of the rebuilt Vermont State House in 1859. Drawn before the State House was completed, certain details do not match the finished building, including the entablature and statue.
Name/Title
Vermont Capitol, Montpelier
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-178
Description
Lithograph print showing the Vermont State House behind a wide, tree-lined road with several pedestrians and travelers on horseback or carriage. The building is a neoclassical building with a two-story, five-column colonnade and a tall cupola surmounted by a female figure.
Artwork Details
Paper
Vermont State House
Vermont State House
Made or Created
Artist
Bufford, John Henry
J. H. Bufford's Lithographic and Publishing House
1858-1859
Boston
Lexicon
Print,Graphic Documents,Documentary Objects,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Vermont Life
Name/Title
Vermont Life
Entry/Object ID
2020.15.11
Description
Original watercolor illustration showing a personified Vermont Life policy holding up a large trophy bearing the inscription, "AWARD/of/EXCELLENCE."
Artwork Details
Watercolor
Acquisition
Accession Number
2020.15
Acquisition Method
Found in Collection
Made or Created
Artist
Mayforth, Hal
Vermont Life
Name/Title
Vermont Life
Entry/Object ID
2020.15.8
Description
Original watercolor illustration showing showing several people in business attire walking through a grey city. One man in the center of the image is smiling with a thought bubble above his head showing an image of green mountains, blue sky, and the sun.
Artwork Details
Watercolor
Acquisition
Accession Number
2020.15
Acquisition Method
Found in Collection
Made or Created
Artist
Mayforth, Hal
Vermont Life
Name/Title
Vermont Life
Entry/Object ID
2020.15.10
Description
Original watercolor illustration showing a personified Vermont glowing atop a pedestal, while a personified Vermont Life policy gestures up at it.
Artwork Details
Watercolor
Acquisition
Accession Number
2020.15
Acquisition Method
Found in Collection
Made or Created
Artist
Mayforth, Hal
Vermont Life
Name/Title
Vermont Life
Entry/Object ID
2020.15.7
Description
Original watercolor illustration showing a anthropomorphized sheaf of paper and the words, "VERMONT LIFE/A Vermont Treasure/A LOOK AT WHAT VERMONT LIFE DOES FOR VERMONT..... AT NO COST!!!!"
Artwork Details
Watercolor
Acquisition
Accession Number
2020.15
Acquisition Method
Found in Collection
Made or Created
Artist
Mayforth, Hal
Vermont State House
Interpretative Labels
First and Second State Houses Modern prints #A-130 Vermont's first State House was a wood-frame structure located roughly where the Supreme Court building now stands. The second State House, finished in 1838, was designed by architect Ammi Young and built of granite. This building burned in 1857. The current State House, completed in 1859, incorporates the portico of the second State House in its design.
Name/Title
Vermont State House
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-130
Description
Diptych consisting of copies of two prints of different iterations of the Vermont State House. The image on the left shows a three-story rectangular building with a peak roof, culminating in a cupola. The face of the building is framed by two bays extending up all three floor with balconies spanning between them. The image on the right shows the capitol from a slight distance. The building is neoclassical in design, with a two-story portico and squat, white cupola. It sits behind a tree-lined road with several pedestrians.
Artwork Details
First and Second Vermont State Houses
Montpelier
Made or Created
Artist
Kilburne
Lexicon
Print,Graphic Documents,Documentary Objects,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Vermont or Bust
Name/Title
Vermont or Bust
Entry/Object ID
2020.15.9
Description
Original watercolor illustration showing a family of four and a dog in a yellow car bearing the inscription, "Vermont OR BUST!!!" The car is loaded with briefcases and a bag of money on top, and dollar bills are flying out behind the car. Factories can be seen in the background.
Artwork Details
Watercolor
Acquisition
Accession Number
2020.15
Acquisition Method
Found in Collection
Made or Created
Artist
Mayforth, Hal
View at Underhill, Vermont
Interpretative Labels
View at Underhill, Vermont, 1892 Charles L. Heyde (c. 1832-1892) Burlington, VT Oil on canvas Museum Purchase, 1949.24.1 Charles Louis Heyde was one of the most prolific and celebrated Vermont artists of the 19th century. From 1856 until his death, he made Burlington his home, painting numerous scenes of Mount Mansfield, the Winooski River, and the High Bridge. He won a competition sponsored by the Vermont Historical Society in 1862 to redesign the Vermont coat-of-arms. Heyde married Walt Whitman's daughter Hannah, but the marriage was not happy. Alcoholism and dementia soon caused his business and personal life to fall apart. His later works, of which this is one, do not show nearly the quality of his output during his younger years. He died shortly after this painting was produced in the Vermont State Asylum in Waterbury.
Name/Title
View at Underhill, Vermont
Entry/Object ID
1949.24.1
Description
Landscape showing the view from a bank next to river. The river is spanned by a covered bridge at the center of the composition, and flanked by autumn-colored trees. Mount Mansfield is seen in background. There is a house in a clearing on the right side of the river.
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil on Canvas
Underhill
Context
Painted by Charles Louis Heyde in Burlington in 1892.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1949.24
Source or Donor
Foster, L.D.
Acquisition Method
Purchase
Made or Created
Artist
Heyde, Charles Louis (1822-1892)
1892
Burlington
Lexicon
Landscape,Painting,Picture,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Relationships
Mount Mansfield
Web Bookmarks, Links and URLs
View of Bridgewater, Vermont
Name/Title
View of Bridgewater, Vermont
Entry/Object ID
2007.1.1
Description
Oil painting of a landscape. The painting shows a green valley with a river in the center and mountains to the sides and in the background. Roads run along either side of the river and there is a large village on the right side. The painting is within an ornate gilded frame.
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil, Canvas
Bridgewater
Acquisition
Accession Number
2007.1
Source or Donor
Buxton, J. Brooks
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Artist
Childs, Frank
1876
Lexicon
Painting,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
View of Montpelier
Interpretative Labels
View of Montpelier, ca. 1940 Oil on masonite Herbert Phillip Barnett Barnett seldom depicted Vermont's cities; this view of Montpelier is a rare exception. Although the distinctive steeples of the town's churches are visible, the cityscape is largely subsumed behind the landscape elements that were often the artist's focus: iron bridges spanning the Winooski River; the lush greenery of ample trees; and the hillside rising behind the city and defining its contours.
Name/Title
View of Montpelier
Entry/Object ID
1989.45.1
Description
Landscape painting showing Montpelier, Vermont from across the river. The painting is done in thick, heavy strokes. There is a metal bridge on the right side, and church steeple in the center.
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Masonite, Oil
Montpelier
Acquisition
Accession Number
1989.45
Source or Donor
Sawyer, Richard
Acquisition Method
Purchase
Made or Created
Artist
Barnett, Herbert Phillip (1910-1972)
1940
Lexicon
Painting,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
View of the East Dorset Marble Works
Name/Title
View of the East Dorset Marble Works
Entry/Object ID
2001.21.3
Description
Large oil painting, showing a landscape. The landscape consists of a wide valley with a mountain in the middle ground, right. Within the valley is a village that consists of several white houses, some brick buildings, a church, and at least two factories. There are several fields, some containing livestock. In the foreground, on what appears to be charred land, is a group of people, one of whom is pointing towards the mountain. The train crosses the valley at the center. There is another round Mountain further off in the distance on the left. The hole is in a large but simply molded gilded frame.
Artwork Details
Oil
East Dorset marble works
Dorset
Acquisition
Accession Number
2001.21
Source or Donor
Onion, Margaret Kent
Acquisition Method
Gift
Credit Line
Margaret Kent Onion Trust / Gifts of Margaret Kent Onion and William A. Onion of Castleton, Vermont.
Made or Created
Artist
Childs, Frank
Role
Painter
1870
Dorset
Lexicon
Painting,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Wall Pocket
Name/Title
Wall Pocket
Entry/Object ID
1987.16.2
Description
Die cut and embossed decorative paper card holder. The piece is in the shape of a bell with a snow-covered church in the center. The cards would sit in a paper pocket with the label, "R. CUETO/Meats and Groceries/Telephone 419-R/195 Barre Street/Montpelier, Vt." The bell and the snow are covered in glitter.
Context
Distributed by R. Cueto grocery store in Montpelier, Vermont
Acquisition
Accession Number
1987.16
Source or Donor
Nye, J. Richard
Acquisition Method
Gift
Credit Line
Estate of J. Richard Nye
Made or Created
1920-1930
Germany
Lexicon
Advertisement,Novelty, Promotional,Advertising Media,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Materials
Cardboard, Paperboard
Relationships
R. Cueto
Montpelier
Waterville, Vermont
Name/Title
Waterville, Vermont
Entry/Object ID
2009.28.2
Description
Landscape painting showing a town nestled amid rolling hills and mountains. The town consists of a white church with pointed steeple, a white municipal building with a cupola behind, and several red and white building before. The hills in the foreground are green with tall, thin trees. The hills in the middle ground are golden, indicating agricultural use, and the hills/mountains in the background are dark.
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil, Wood
Waterville
Acquisition
Accession Number
2009.28
Source or Donor
Friedrichs, Arthur M.
Acquisition Method
Bequest
Made or Created
Artist
Barrett, Robert
Lexicon
Painting,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Where Vermont Comes in
Name/Title
Where Vermont Comes in
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-53
Description
Narrow print on paper consisting of a landscape and poem. The landscape image at the center top shows sheep in a field, done in a watercolor style. A four-stanza poem is printed beneath in a mid-century Gothic font. The Vermont state seal is at the bottom left.
Artwork Details
Watercolor
Made or Created
Artist
Peck, Georgiana
1914
Lexicon
Print, Screen,Poem,Print,Literary Works,Graphic Documents,Documentary Objects,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Relationships
Vermont
World War I, World War II
William Czar Bradley
Name/Title
William Czar Bradley
Entry/Object ID
1927.4
Description
Marble bust of a man. He is shown with short, curly hair and long sideburns. He has noticeable jowls, and is wearing a suit coat and high-collard shirt. The front breast of the bust is sheared flat.
Artwork Details
Marble
Bradley, William Czar (1782-1867)
Context
William Czar Bradley served as US Representative for the State of Vermont from 1813-1827.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1927.4
Source or Donor
Bradley, Richard
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Mead, Larkin Goldsmith (1835-1910)
1860
Lexicon
Bust,Sculpture,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Overall
Relationships
Westminster
William Czar Bradley
Name/Title
William Czar Bradley
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-26
Description
Oval portrait of a man with tousled white hair and an intense facial expression. He has noticeable jowls and is shown in a suit consisting of a dark jacket, vest, and cravat, and a white shirt.
Artwork Details
Pastel, Charcoal
Bradley, William Czar (1782-1867)
Context
William Czar Bradley was the US Representative for Vermont from 1813 to 1827.
Made or Created
Artist
Mead, Larkin Goldsmith (1835-1910)
1860
Lexicon
Drawing,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Relationships
Westminster
Willis Mould
Name/Title
Willis Mould
Entry/Object ID
1998.22.14
Description
Small portrait of a man wearing a green suit and red shirt. He has short white hair and glasses. He is shown seated with his legs crossed.
Artwork Details
Oil
Mould, Willis Perry (1892-1961)
Acquisition
Accession Number
1998.22
Source or Donor
Mould, Channing
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Artist
Mould, Ruth Greene
Lexicon
Painting,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Winter Quarters of the Vermont Brigade in Front of Fredericksburg, Virginia 1862-1863
Name/Title
Winter Quarters of the Vermont Brigade in Front of Fredericksburg, Virginia 1862-1863
Entry/Object ID
1997.47.1
Description
Large oil painting showing rolling fields with a large number of white tents in the middle-ground. In the foreground, which lies in shadow, people are walking along a road near a cemetery. The whole is framed in an ornate gilded frame.
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil
Fredericksburg
Context
Shows the Vermont Brigade encamped near Fredericksburg, VA, during the Civil War
Acquisition
Accession Number
1997.47
Source or Donor
Macgregor, Rob Roy
Acquisition Method
Purchase
Made or Created
Artist
Hope, James (1818-1892)
1864
St. Albans City
Lexicon
Painting,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Framed
Relationships
Civil War
Woman Holding Small Book
Interpretative Labels
Unfortunately the identity of the woman in the portrait is unknown. The four portraits in this family group were found in the Chippenhook section of Clarendon and the family was probably from that area. The details in the portraits provide some information about the sitters. They are dressed and coiffed in a stylish yet restrained manner. The woman is wearing some gold jewelry, fashionable for the time, and appears to be holding a small book, probably of psalms. Aaron Dean Fletcher (1817-1902) was born in Springfield, Vermont. He was self-taught and began his career in the Springfield area painting neighbors and friends from 1835 to 1839. By 1840 he had moved to Keeseville, New York. The Chippenhook portraits may have been painted by Fletcher on his way to New York. They have his characteristic olive background and black outlining of figures. Like many itinerant artists of the time, Fletcher traveled west to Indiana in 1856, but returned after a year to New York, where he continued to earn a meager living as an artist. He died in Keeseville in 1902. The frames are modern reproductions
Name/Title
Woman Holding Small Book
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-99
Description
Portrait of a dark-haired woman holding a small, red book. She is shown with rosy cheeks, brown eyes, and high lips. Her lustrous, brown hair is parted down the center, falling into ringlets at the side and held in a small white cap at the back. She is wearing a wide-sleeved black dress and large, white capelet with a broad falling collar. Both the collar and hem of the capelet are trimmed with fringe, and the center front neckline is held with what appears to be a rectangular mourning brooch.
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil
Context
Found in Clarendon, Vermont
Made or Created
Artist
Fletcher, Aaron Dean
1835
Lexicon
Painting,Art,Category 08: Communication Objects
Dimensions
Relationships
Clarendon
Woodstock
Name/Title
Woodstock
Entry/Object ID
2020.15.4
Description
Drawing on board showing a street scene with a streetlamp, shops, and a clocktower. A mountain rises in the background. A piece of tissue is secured at the top over the image and bears the inscription, "WOODSTOCK," in red pencil.
Type of Drawing
Artwork Details
Woodstock
Acquisition
Accession Number
2020.15
Acquisition Method
Found in Collection
Made or Created
Artist
Vogel, Bob

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