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Brilliant Beginnings Checklist

PLEASE NOTE: Unless otherwise noted, all objects are in the collection of the Boston Athenæum. Whenever possible, objects are listed in chronological order within each thematic segment.

 

The Athenæum before 1870

John & William Ridgway (active ca. 1814–1830), “Beauties of America/Athenæum Boston.” Plate with a view of the Boston Athenæum on Pearl Street, Boston, ca. 1829. Ceramic, 15.9 cm (diameter). Gift of Francis J. Parker, 1870

Ralph Stevenson (active 1815–1840), Washbowl, with a view of Pearl Street, Boston, ca. 1825–1840. Ceramic, 32.5 cm (diameter). Athenæum purchase, 1995

Tickets to exhibitions at the Athenæum gallery, on Pearl and Beacon Streets, 1827–1869

Merrill G. Wheelock (1822–1866), Interior of the Athenæum Library, 1849. Pen & ink, wash drawing on paper, 9.2 x 9.8 cm (image). Athenæum purchase, 1894

Unidentified photographer, The Boston Athenæum, 1852. Salted paper print, 33.3 x 27.9 cm (mount). Provenance unknown

“The Boston Athenæum,” with wood-engravings by Henry Bricher (born ca. 1817), after Asa Coolidge Warren (1819–1904), Exterior View of the Boston Athenæum; Library of the Athenæum; Statuary Room of the Athenæum; and Gallery of Paintings at the Athenæum, 1855. Ballou’s Pictorial Drawing Room Companion 8 (March 31, 1855)

Stephen Fellows Adams (1844–1876), Statuary Gallery, Boston Athenæum, ca. 1865. Stereograph, 8.6 x 17.3 cm. Provenance unknown

Edward Clarke Cabot (1818–1901), Design for Adding a Fine Art Gallery to Boston Athenæum, ca. 1866. Pen & ink, wash drawing with graphite on paper, 47 x 67.6 cm (sheet). Provenance unknown

 

The Collaboration between the Athenæum & the Museum, 1870–1876

Annibale Carracci (1560–1609), attributed to, Portrait of a Man, 1592. Oil on canvas, 52.1 x 41 cm. Athenæum purchase, 1828

Unidentified artist, after Christofano Allori (1577–1621), Judith with the Head of Holofernes, ca. 1650–1700. Oil on canvas, 139.3 x 116 cm. Athenæum purchase, 1838

Johann Carl Loth (1632–1698), attributed to, The Flaying of Marsyas, ca. 1680. Oil on canvas, 117 x 151.7 cm. Athenæum purchase, 1837

Francesco Zuccarelli (1702–1788), Landscape with Dancing Figures, ca. 1750. Oil on canvas, 67 x 133.3 cm. Athenæum purchase, 1838; conserved in memory of Alexander K. Severy (1972–1994)

Unidentified artist, Raphael, ca. 1750–1780. Marble bust, 67.6 x 66.7 x 33.4 cm. Gift of Thomas Handasyd Perkins, 1851

Jean Villette (ca. 1747–after 1804), attributed to, Peter Paul Rubens, 1786. Marble bust, 68.5 x 62.2 x 36.6 cm. Gift of Thomas Handasyd Perkins, 1851

Unidentified artist, after Guido Reni (1575–1642), The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian, n.d. Oil on canvas, 137.2 x 96.5 cm. Gift of George W. Brimmer, 1838

Washington Allston (1779–1843), The Opening of the Casket, ca. 1807. Oil on canvas, 50.4 x 60.9 cm. Bequest of John E. Allston, nephew of the artist, 1877

John Gadsby Chapman (1808–1889), Horatio Greenough, ca. 1830. Oil on canvas, 71.8 x 59.3 cm. Gift of the artist, 1832

Albert Gallatin Hoit (1809–1856), after Rembrandt van Rijn (1606–1669), Self-Portrait, ca. 1842. Oil on canvas, 64.3 x 52.5 cm. Deposited by Mrs. Albert G. Hoit, 1857

Richard Saltonstall Greenough (1819–1904), Carthaginian Girl, 1863. Marble statue, 129 x 49.5 x 35 cm. Bequest of Nabby Joy, 1869

Enrico Meneghelli (1853–after 1912), Picture Gallery of the Boston Athenæum, 1876. Oil on canvas, 33.2 x 53.7 cm. Athenæum purchase, 1876

“Works of Art Deposited at the Museum of Fine Arts by the Boston Athenæum, Jan. 1, 1877,” opened to first page, Boston Athenæum Trustees Records, volume 4 (1862–1880)

Enrico Meneghelli (1853–after 1912), Hall of the Maidens, the Museum of Fine Arts, at Copley Square, with Casts from the Boston Athenæum, 1889. Oil on canvas, 35.9 x 23.5 cm. Athenæum purchase, 1998

Littleton View Co. (Littleton, NH), 1186. The Sleeping Faun. Museum of Fine Arts Boston, n.d. Stereograph, 10.8 x 17 cm. Athenæum purchase, 2006

 

The Museum’s First Building

James H. Richardson (active 1848–1880), attributed to, The Museum of Fine Arts, ca. 1878.

Wood-engraving, 10.1 x 16.8 cm (image). Published in Moses King, King’s Handbook of Boston (Cambridge, MA, 1878)

Josiah J. Hawes (1808–1901), The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1876. Photograph, 16.8 x 21.6 cm (image). Provenance unknown

Shaw and Lord, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1880 or 1881. Stereograph (enlarged facsimile), 10 x 17.5 cm (original). Athenæum purchase, 2006

Baldwin Coolidge (1845–1928), The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, ca. 1902. Photograph, 18.1 x 24.5 cm (sheet). Provenance unknown

 

Cast of Characters

Bernardino Riccardi (1814–1854), Edward Newton Perkins, 1845. Watercolor on paper, 33 x 26 cm. (sight). Gift of the Estate of Miss Eliza Callahan Perkins, 1914

Unidentified photographer, Charles Callahan Perkins, ca. 1875. Photograph, 19.7 x 14 cm (mount). Gift of the Estate of Miss Eliza Callahan Cleveland, 1914

Hayman Selig Mendelssohn Studio, London, Martin Brimmer, ca. 1880. Albumen photograph, 29.8 x 23.2 cm (mount). Gift of Charles H. Parker, 1938

 

A Gallery of Reproductions

William Marshall Craig (ca. 1765–ca. 1834), after Gerrit Dou (1613–1675), An Interior with a Young Violinist, ca. 1806–1810. Watercolor on paper, 31.3 x 22.5 cm (image). Gift of the Estate of Thomas Dowse, 1858

William Marshall Craig (ca. 1765–ca. 1834), after Rembrandt van Rijn (1606–1669), The Mill, ca. 1806–1820. Watercolor on paper, 27.2 x 32.4 cm (image). Gift of the Estate of Thomas Dowse, 1858

Richard Evans (1784–1871), after Rembrandt van Rijn (1606–1669), The Painter Hendrick Martensz Sorgh, ca. 1806–1820. Watercolor on paper, 17.5 x 15.6 cm (image). Gift of the Estate of Thomas Dowse, 1858

Peltro William Tomkins (1759–1840), after Raphael Sanzio (1483–1520), Madonna del Passeggio, ca. 1806–1816. Watercolor on paper, 20 x 13.8 cm (image). Gift of the Estate of Thomas Dowse, 1858

Pierre Noel Violet (1749–1819), after Giulio Romano (ca. 1499–1546), Holy Family, ca. 1808. Watercolor on paper, 25.5 x 20.1 cm (image). Gift of the Estate of Thomas Dowse, 1858

Henry Tresham (1749?–1814), The British Gallery of Pictures: Selected from the Most Admired Productions of the Old Masters in Great Britain; Accompanied with Descriptions, Historical and Critical / by the Late Henry Tresham and William Young Ottley; the Executive Part under the Management of Peltro William Tomkins (London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, & Brown, 1818)

Vincent Brooks (1815–1885), after a watercolor by Margaretta-Anne (Mrs. Higford) Burr (1817–1892), The Interior of Arena Chapel at Padua in 1306. London: Arundel Society, 1856. Chromo-lithograph, 56.8 x 64.5 cm (image). Athenæum purchase, n.d.

Storch & Kramer, after a watercolor by Signor Marianecci of a fresco by Raphael Sanzio (1483–1520), Philosophy. London: Arundel Society, Second Annual Publication, 1867. Chromo-lithograph, 35.6 x 35.6 cm (image). Athenæum purchase, ca. 1868

Storch & Kramer, after a watercolor by Signor Marianecci of a fresco by Raphael Sanzio (1483–1520), Poetry. London: Arundel Society, Second Annual Publication, 1867. Chromolithograph, 35.6 x 35.6 cm (image). Athenæum purchase, ca. 1868

Christian Schultz (1817–1883), after Hubert van Eyck (ca. 1385–1426) and Jan van Eyck (ca. 1395–1441), The Adoration of the Lamb. Paris: Printed by Hangard-Mauge. London: Arundel Society, First Annual Publication, 1868. Chromolithograph, 38.7 x 65.7 cm (image). Athenæum purchase, 1869

Christian Schultz (1817–1883), after a watercolor by Edward Kaiser (1820–1895) of a fresco attributed to Giotto (1266/67–1337), St. Francis Preaching to the Birds. Paris: Printed by Lemercier and Co. London: Arundel Society, Occasional Publication, 1877. Chromolithograph, 57.2 x 41.6 cm (image). Athenæum purchase, 1878

Christian Schultz (1817–1883), after a watercolor by Signor Fattorini of a painting by Pinturicchio (Bernardino di Betto, 1454–1513), Virgin in Glory with Two Saints. London: Arundel Society, Second Publication, 1880. Chromolithograph, 62.9 x 44.1 cm (image). Athenæum purchase, 1880

Adolphe Braun (1811–1877), Florence, Michel-Ange. Twilight. Aurora. Monument of Lorenzo de Medici. Church of San Lorenzo, n.d. Carbon photograph, 65.1 x 47.9 cm (mount). Athenæum purchase, ca. 1872

Adolphe Braun (1811–1877), Florence, Michel-Ange. Night. Monument of Lorenzo de Medici. Church of San Lorenzo, n.d. Carbon photograph, 65.1 x 47.9 cm (mount). Athenæum purchase, ca. 1872

“Electrotypes of Greek Coins—B.C. 190–100. Originals in the British Museum,” ca. 1880.

Frame number six, containing 220 coins, in a set of seven, 76 x 76 cm (frame). Athenæum purchase, 1881

Table-Top Stereoviewer, ca. 1860. Wood, glass, metal, 19.5 x 34.8 x 32.4 cm. Gift of Lester H. Scharaf in memory of his wife, 1984

Littleton View Co. (Littleton, NH), 1177. Fighting Gladiator. Museum of Fine Arts Boston, n.d. Stereograph (facsimile), 8.9 x 17.8 cm (original). Athenæum purchase, 2006

Littleton View Co. (Littleton, NH), Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Copley Square Location. Classical Gallery, n.d. Stereograph, 8.9 x 17.8 cm. Athenæum purchase, 2006

Littleton View Co. (Littleton, NH), 1183. In Roman Room. Museum of Fine Arts Boston, n.d. Stereograph, 8.9 x 17.8 cm. Athenæum purchase, 2006

Thomas E. Marr, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Copley Square Location.Classical Gallery, 1902. Photograph © 2013 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Thomas E. Marr, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Copley Square Location.Classical Gallery, 1902. Photograph © 2013 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

 

A Museum of Applied Arts

Cinerary urn, Roman, 1st century A.D., with 18th- and 19th-century restorations to the lid. Marble, 49 x 32.5 x 32.5 cm. Athenæum purchase, 1874

Chasuble, Italian, late 16th century. Red silk brocade, embroidered with gold threads, 121.3 cm (height). Athenæum purchase, 1876

Chasuble, Italian, 17th century. White silk satin, embroidered with polychrome silk & metallic threads, 128.7 cm (height). Athenæum purchase, 1876

Letter pouch, Italian, 17th century. Silk embroidered with silk, silver, & gold thread, red fringe, pink silk lining, 50 x 25.4 cm (open). Athenæum purchase, 1876

Chalice veil, Italian, 18th century, Silk woven with strips of gold, embroidered with gold threads & coils, edged with gold lace, 72.1 x 71.4 cm. Athenæum purchase, 1876

Cloisonné vase, Chinese, Qianlong era (1735–1796). Cloisonné with copper, brass, enamel, 42.5 x 25.1 x 25.1 cm. Athenæum purchase, 1875

Blackamoor figure, Italian, probably 18th century. Wood, gesso, gilding, 112 cm (height). Gift of Mrs. Timothy Bigelow Lawrence, probably 1876

Gun, Iranian, probably early 19th century. Damascened steel, wood, possibly tinted steel, bone, 122 cm (length). Bequest of Colonel Timothy Bigelow Lawrence, 1869

Sword & Scabbard, Turkish, 18th–19th century. Steel, gilt-brass or bronze inlay, silver or copper alloy, horn, leather, 81 cm (length). Bequest of Colonel Timothy Bigelow Lawrence, 1869

Battle axe, Indian, n.d. Steel, gold inlay, 58 cm (length). Bequest of Colonel Timothy Bigelow Lawrence, 1869

Key to the warehouse that housed the original Lawrence collection, Pearl Street, Boston, n.d. Metal, 14 cm (length). Gift of Mrs. Timothy Bigelow Lawrence, 1872

Pair of Satsuma vases, Japanese, 19th century. Ceramic, 38.5 cm (height). Athenæum purchase, 1884

Carved wood depicting a scene from ancient history, surrounded by putti and scrolls, n.d. (probably 19th century). Wood, metal, 52 x 58.5 x 7.5 cm. Athenæum purchase, 1876

Polychrome frame, with a picture representing the Madonna and Child, n.d. (probably 19th century). Wood, metal, paint, gilding, glass, 63.5 x 43.2 cm. Athenæum purchase, 1876

Caryatid (carved architectural fragment), n.d. (probably 19th century). Wood, metal, 76.2 cm (height). Athenæum purchase, 1876

Caryatid (carved architectural fragment), n.d. (probably 19th century). Wood, metal, 89 cm (height). Athenæum purchase, 1876

Baldwin Coolidge (1845–1928), Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Copley Square Location.Lawrence Room, ca. 1889. Fabjet print. Provenance unknown

Thomas E. Marr, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Copley Square Location. Classical Gallery, 1902. Fabjet print. Photograph © 2013 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston