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Spanning approximately two centuries--from the mid-18th to the mid-20th century--the core of this collection area consists of the original 60 paintings of the Preston Morton Collection given in 1960, now expanded through gifts and purchases to include some 400 paintings and sculptures. Examples of portraiture and still life are strong in each historical period, while the development of American landscape painting is represented with an outstanding selection by key artists of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Works of importance by Albert Bierstadt, George Inness, John Singer Sargent, Frederic Remington, William Merritt Chase, Robert Henri, Marsden Hartley, and Milton Avery place this survey collection among the best in California.
Selected Works from our American Art Collection:
*Not all works listed are currently on view
 
Gifford Beal; USA, 1879-1956; Sideshow, 1910; Oil on canvas; (28 1/8 x 36 1/8"); Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Sterling Morton for the Preston Morton Collection; 1959.66;
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Gifford Beal
USA, 1879-1956
Sideshow, 1910
Oil on canvas
28 1/8 x 36 1/8"

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Sterling Morton for the Preston Morton Collection
1959.66
George Wesley Bellows; American, 1882-1925; Steaming Streets, 1908; Oil on canvas; 38 3/8 x 30 1/4"; Gift of Mrs. Sterling Morton to the Preston Morton Collection; 1960.50
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George Wesley Bellows
American, 1882-1925
Steaming Streets, 1908
Oil on canvas
38 3/8 x 30 1/4"

Gift of Mrs. Sterling Morton to the Preston Morton Collection
1960.50
       
Albert Bierstadt; German (active America), 1830-1902; Mirror Lake, Yosemite Valley, 1864; Oil on canvas; 21 3/4 x 30 1/8"; Gift of Mrs. Sterling Morton for the Preston Morton Collection; 1960.51
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Albert Bierstadt
German (active America), 1830-1902
Mirror Lake, Yosemite Valley, 1864
Oil on canvas
21 3/4 x 30 1/8"

Gift of Mrs. Sterling Morton for the Preston Morton Collection
1960.51
Thomas Birch; English, 1779-1851 (active USA); Landscape with Indians, 1835; Oil on canvas; (25 x 36"); Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Dalzell Hatfield; 1958.42;
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Thomas Birch
English, 1779-1851 (active USA)
Landscape with Indians, 1835
Oil on canvas
25 x 36"

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Dalzell Hatfield
1958.42
       
Ralph Albert Blakelock; USA, 1847-1919; Lake by Moonlight, n.d.; Oil on canvas; (18 x 22"); Bequest of Margaret Mallory; 1998.50.14;
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Ralph Albert Blakelock
USA, 1847-1919
Lake by Moonlight, n.d.
Oil on canvas
18 x 22"

Bequest of Margaret Mallory
1998.50.14
Charles F. Blauvelt; USA, 1824-1900; Homeward Bound from New York, n.d.; Oil on canvas; (12 3/8 x 9 3/8"); Gift of Charles C. and Elma Ralphs Shoemaker; 1994.34.1;
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Charles F. Blauvelt
USA, 1824-1900
Homeward Bound from New York, n.d.
Oil on canvas
12 3/8 x 9 3/8"

Gift of Charles C. and Elma Ralphs Shoemaker
1994.34.1
       
John George Brown; English, 1831-1913 (active USA); Boy Fishing, 1877; Oil on canvas; (21 x 17"); Gift of Charles C. and Elma Ralphs Shoemaker; 1994.34.2;
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John George Brown
English, 1831-1913 (active USA)
Boy Fishing, 1877
Oil on canvas
21 x 17"

Gift of Charles C. and Elma Ralphs Shoemaker
1994.34.2
John George Brown; English, 1831-1913 (active USA); Pull for the Shore, n.d.; Oil on canvas; (21 x 17"); Gifts from the Estate of Mrs. Stanley McCormick, Norman Hirschl and the American Federation of Arts to the Preston Morton Collection by exchange; 1971.18;
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John George Brown
English, 1831-1913 (active USA)
Pull for the Shore, n.d.
Oil on canvas
21 x 17"

Gifts from the Estate of Mrs. Stanley McCormick, Norman Hirschl and the American Federation of Arts to the Preston Morton Collection by exchange
1971.18
       
Samuel S. Carr; USA, 1837-1908; The Open Window (Contemplation), 1870s-1880s; Oil on canvas; (30 x 18"); Gift of Charles C. and Elma Ralphs Shoemaker; 1994.34.3;
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Samuel S. Carr
USA, 1837-1908
The Open Window (Contemplation), 1870s-1880s
Oil on canvas
30 x 18"

Gift of Charles C. and Elma Ralphs Shoemaker
1994.34.3
William Merritt Chase; USA, 1849-1916; The Lady in Pink (Portrait of the artist's wife), 1886; Oil on canvas; (68 1/2 x 38 3/4"); 1998.50.24;
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William Merritt Chase
USA, 1849-1916
The Lady in Pink (Portrait of the artist's wife), 1886
Oil on canvas
68 1/2 x 38 3/4"


1998.50.24
       
William Merritt Chase; USA, 1849-1916; Lydia Field Emmett, 1900; Oil on canvas; (24 x 20"); Bequest of Margaret Mallory; 1998.50.23;
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William Merritt Chase
USA, 1849-1916
Lydia Field Emmett, 1900
Oil on canvas
24 x 20"

Bequest of Margaret Mallory
1998.50.23
Frederic Edwin Church; USA, 1826-1900; Moonrise in Greece, 1889; Oil on canvas; (14 1/8 x 20 1/4"); Gift of Mrs. Lockwood de Forest; 1966.1;
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Frederic Edwin Church
USA, 1826-1900
Moonrise in Greece, 1889
Oil on canvas
14 1/8 x 20 1/4"

Gift of Mrs. Lockwood de Forest
1966.1
       
Thomas Cole
USA, 1801-1848
The Meeting of the Waters, ca. 1847
Oil on canvas
51 x 75 3/4"

Gift of Suzette Morton Davidson to the Preston Morton Collection
1979.19
Jasper Francis Cropsey; USA, 1823-1900; Janetta Falls, Passaic County, New Jersey, 1846; Oil on canvas; (19 x 22"); Gift of Mrs. Sterling Morton for the Preston Morton Collection; 1960.55;
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Jasper Francis Cropsey
USA, 1823-1900
Janetta Falls, Passaic County, New Jersey, 1846
Oil on canvas
19 x 22"

Gift of Mrs. Sterling Morton for the Preston Morton Collection
1960.55
       
Arthur B. Davies
USA, 1862-1928
Redwoods, n.d. (ca. 1905-1913)
Oil on paper mounted on board
18 x 40"

Museum purchase
1967.6
Stuart Davis
USA, 1894-1964
Yellow Hills, 1919
Oil on canvas
24 x 30"

Gift of Heyward Cutting
1980.73
       
Lockwood De Forest
USA, 1850-1932
California Coastal Range, 1923
Oil on canvas
24 x 34 1/8 x 3/4"

Gift of the Estate of Alice de Forest Sedgwick
1988.49.3
Thomas W. Eakins; American, 1844-1916; Portrait of Master Douty, 1906; Oil on canvas, 20 x 16 1/8", Gift of Mrs. Sterling Morton to the Preston Morton Collection, 1960.56
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Thomas W. Eakins
American, 1844-1916
Portrait of Master Douty, 1906
Oil on canvas
20 x 16 1/8"

Gift of Mrs. Sterling Morton to the Preston Morton Collection
1960.56
       
Louis M. Eilshemius; USA, 1864-1941; Plaza Theatre, 1915; Oil on composition board; (30 1/2 x 40 1/2"); Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Ira Gershwin; 1956.5.2;
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Louis M. Eilshemius
USA, 1864-1941
Plaza Theatre, 1915
Oil on composition board
30 1/2 x 40 1/2"

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Ira Gershwin
1956.5.2
Alvan Fisher
USA, 1792-1863
Watching the Boats, 1819
Oil on canvas
18 x 22"

Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Ronald M. Lawrence
1984.50.3
       
Walter Gay; USA, 1856-1937; Interior of His Brother's House in Boston, n.d. (ca. 1902); Oil on canvas; (20 x 24 7/8"); Anonymous Gift for the Preston Morton Collection; 1961.12;
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Walter Gay
USA, 1856-1937
Interior of His Brother's House in Boston, n.d. (ca. 1902)
Oil on canvas
20 x 24 7/8"

Anonymous Gift for the Preston Morton Collection
1961.12
Sanford Gifford; USA, 1823-1877; Isola Bella, Lago Maggiore, n.d.; Oil on canvas; (20 x 35 7/8"); Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Ronald M. Lawrence; 1981.52;
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Sanford Gifford
USA, 1823-1877
Isola Bella, Lago Maggiore, n.d.
Oil on canvas
20 x 35 7/8"

Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Ronald M. Lawrence
1981.52
       
William James Glackens
USA, 1870-1938
East River from Brooklyn, 1902
Oil on canvas
25 1/8 x 30"

Gift of Mrs. Sterling Morton for the Preston Morton Collection
1960.57
Seymour Guy
English, 1824-1910 (active USA)
The Love Letter, 1860s-1870s
Oil on canvas
22 3/8 x 15 1/4"

Gift of Charles C. and Elma Ralphs Shoemaker
1994.34.6
       
William Michael Harnett; Irish, 1848-1892 (active USA); The Secretary's Table, 1870; Oil on canvas; (14 x 20"); Gift of Mrs. Sterling Morton for the Preston Morton Collection; 1960.60;
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William Michael Harnett
Irish, 1848-1892 (active USA)
The Secretary's Table, 1870
Oil on canvas
14 x 20"

Gift of Mrs. Sterling Morton for the Preston Morton Collection
1960.60
William S. Haseltine; USA, 1835-1900; Indian Rock, Narragansett Sound, Rhode Island, 1863 or 1868; Oil on canvas; (22 3/8 x 38 1/4"); Gift of Mary and Will Richeson, Jr.; 1980.75.1;
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William S. Haseltine
USA, 1835-1900
Indian Rock, Narragansett Sound, Rhode Island, 1863 or 1868
Oil on canvas
22 3/8 x 38 1/4"

Gift of Mary and Will Richeson, Jr.
1980.75.1
       
Childe Hassam; USA, 1859-1935; The Manhattan Club, n.d. (ca. 1891); Oil on canvas; (18 1/4 x 22 1/8"); Gift of Mrs. Sterling Morton to the Preston Morton Collection; 1960.62;
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Childe Hassam
USA, 1859-1935
The Manhattan Club, n.d. (ca. 1891)
Oil on canvas
18 1/4 x 22 1/8"

Gift of Mrs. Sterling Morton to the Preston Morton Collection
1960.62
Martin Johnson Heade
USA, 1819-1904
Apple Blossom Branch on a Table, 1874
Oil on canvas
10 x 15"

Gift of Charles C. and Elma Ralphs Shoemaker
1994.34.7
       
Robert Henri
USA, 1865-1929
Derricks on the North River, 1902
Oil on canvas
26 x 32"

Museum purchase for the Preston Morton Collection, with funds provided by the Chalifoux Fund
1977.45
Thomas Hill
English, 1829-1908 (active USA)
View of Yosemite Valley, 1893
Oil on canvas
19 3/4 x 29 3/4"

Gift of Donald and Jobeth Van Gelderen in honor of Richard West
1991.96
       
Clarence Hinkle; American, 1880-1960; Coast Line, Laguna, ca. 1924; Oil on canvas; 30 x 36"; Gift of Mabel Bain Hinkle; 1961.18
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Clarence Hinkle
American, 1880-1960
Coast Line, Laguna, ca. 1924
Oil on canvas
30 x 36"

Gift of Mabel Bain Hinkle
1961.18
Winslow Homer
USA, 1836-1910
Woman in Autumn Woods, n.d. (ca. 1877)
Oil on canvas
35 1/8 x 24"

Gift of Mrs. Sterling Morton to the Preston Morton Collection
1960.63
       
George Inness; American, 1825-1894; Morning, Catskill Valley, 1894; Oil on canvas, 35 3/8 x 53 3/4"; Gift of Mrs. Sterling Morton to the Preston Morton Collection; 1960.66
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George Inness
American, 1825-1894
Morning, Catskill Valley, 1894
Oil on canvas
35 3/8 x 53 3/4"

Gift of Mrs. Sterling Morton to the Preston Morton Collection
1960.66
Frank Tenney Johnson; USA, 1874-1939; Cowboy with Lasso on Horse, n.d. (ca. 1920s); Oil on canvas; (30 x 24"); 1976.41;
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Frank Tenney Johnson
USA, 1874-1939
Cowboy with Lasso on Horse, n.d. (ca. 1920s)
Oil on canvas
30 x 24"


1976.41
       
John Frederick Kensett; USA, 1816-1872; View of the Beach At Beverly, Massachusetts, 1860; Oil on canvas; (14 1/4 x 24 1/4"); Gift of Mrs. Sterling Morton to the Preston Morton Collection; 1960.68;
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John Frederick Kensett
USA, 1816-1872
View of the Beach At Beverly, Massachusetts, 1860
Oil on canvas
14 1/4 x 24 1/4"

Gift of Mrs. Sterling Morton to the Preston Morton Collection
1960.68
Ernest Lawson; USA, 1873-1939; Royal Gorge, Colorado, n.d.; Oil on canvas; (25 x 30"); Gift of Mrs. Sterling Morton to the Preston Morton Collection; 1960.70;
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Ernest Lawson
USA, 1873-1939
Royal Gorge, Colorado, n.d.
Oil on canvas
25 x 30"

Gift of Mrs. Sterling Morton to the Preston Morton Collection
1960.70
       
Edward C. Leavitt; USA, 1842-1904; Grapefruit, n.d.; Oil on canvas; (16 x 22"); Gift of Charles C. and Elma Ralphs Shoemaker; 1994.34.9;
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Edward C. Leavitt
USA, 1842-1904
Grapefruit, n.d.
Oil on canvas
16 x 22"

Gift of Charles C. and Elma Ralphs Shoemaker
1994.34.9
George Luks
USA, 1867-1933
The Haunted House, n.d. (ca. 1925-1930)
Oil on canvas
13 1/4 x 19"

Gift of the Women's Board
1960.47
       
Paul Manship
USA, 1885-1966
Flight of Night, 1916
Bronze
17 3/8 x 12 7/8 x 6 3/4" (overall object)

Gift of Mrs. George M. Newell
1946.5.1
Larkin Goldsmith Mead
USA, 1835-1910
Venezia, ca. 1865
Marble
25 1/2 x 17 x 9 1/2" (with base)

Gift of Joanna and Travers Newton
1991.93.1
       
Thomas Moran
USA, 1837-1926
Mountain Landscape, 1864
Oil on canvas
20 1/4 x 28 1/4"

Gift of Mrs. Ina T. Campbell
1942.21.1
Thomas Moran; USA, 1837-1926; Veracruz, 1885; Oil on canvas; (28 x 21 3/4"); Gift of Mrs. Lockwood de Forest; 1984.53.5;
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Thomas Moran
USA, 1837-1926
Veracruz, 1885
Oil on canvas
28 x 21 3/4"

Gift of Mrs. Lockwood de Forest
1984.53.5
       
Elie Nadelman; Polish, 1882-1946 (active USA); Female Head, 1909-10; White marble; (13 1/4 x 12 1/2 x 8"; marble base: 4 3/4 x 9 1/8"(diam.); total: 18 x 12 1/2 x 8"); Museum Purchase, with funds provided by the Austin Fund in honor of Wright S. Ludington, the Carol L. Valentine Art Acquisition Fund, the Mary and Leigh Block Fund, and the General Art Acquisitions Fund; 1999.47;
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Elie Nadelman
Polish, 1882-1946 (active USA)
Female Head, 1909-10
White marble
13 1/4 x 12 1/2 x 8"; marble base: 4 3/4 x 9 1/8"(diam.); total: 18 x 12 1/2 x 8"

Museum Purchase, with funds provided by the Austin Fund in honor of Wright S. Ludington, the Carol L. Valentine Art Acquisition Fund, the Mary and Leigh Block Fund, and the General Art Acquisitions Fund
1999.47
Hugh Newell
Irish, 1830-1915 (active USA)
Children with a Goldfish Bowl, 1873
Oil on canvas
12 x 14"

Gift of Charles C. and Elma Ralphs Shoemaker
1994.34.10
       
John Frederick Peto; American, 1854-1907; My Studio Door, 1895; Oil on canvas; 49 3/8 x 29 1/2"; Gift of Mrs. Sterling Morton to the Preston Morton Collection; 1960.76
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John Frederick Peto
American, 1854-1907
My Studio Door, 1895
Oil on canvas
49 3/8 x 29 1/2"

Gift of Mrs. Sterling Morton to the Preston Morton Collection
1960.76
John Frederick Peto
USA, 1854-1907
Still-Life with Cake, n.d.
Oil on board
6 1/4 x 9 1/8 x 1/8"

1994.34.13
       
John Frederick Peto
USA, 1854-1907
Still-Life with Pipe, n.d.
Oil on board
6 1/4 x 9 3/8"

1994.34.11
Abram Poole; American, 1882-1961; Portrait of Mercedes de Acosta, 1923; Oil on canvas; 79 x 39 1/2"; Gift of Mercedes de Acosta in honor of Ala Story; 1960.26
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Abram Poole
American, 1882-1961
Portrait of Mercedes de Acosta, 1923
Oil on canvas
79 x 39 1/2"

Gift of Mercedes de Acosta in honor of Ala Story
1960.26
       
Edward Henry Potthast; USA, 1857-1927; Santa Barbara Mission, ca. 1910; Oil on canvas, mounted on cardboard; (8 x 10"); Gift of Mr. David Becker; 1980.2;
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Edward Henry Potthast
USA, 1857-1927
Santa Barbara Mission, ca. 1910
Oil on canvas, mounted on cardboard
8 x 10"

Gift of Mr. David Becker
1980.2
Maurice Prendergast; USA, 1859-1924; Summer in the Park, n.d. (ca. 1905-1907); Oil on canvas; (15 1/2 x 20 1/4"); Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Sterling Morton ; 1959.52;
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Maurice Prendergast
USA, 1859-1924
Summer in the Park, n.d. (ca. 1905-1907)
Oil on canvas
15 1/2 x 20 1/4"

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Sterling Morton
1959.52
       
Frederic Remington; American, 1861-1909; Fight Over a Waterhole, 1897; Oil on canvas; 27 x 40"; Gift of Barbara D. Dupee; 1996.24
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Frederic Remington
American, 1861-1909
Fight Over a Waterhole, 1897
Oil on canvas
27 x 40"

Gift of Barbara D. Dupee
1996.24
no image William Henry Rinehart
USA, 1825-1874
Untitled (portrait bust of Charles Cheney as a child), 1872
Marble
16 3/4 x 11 3/4 x 7 1/2"

Gift of Joanna and Travers Newton in honor of Phillip M. Johnston
2007.51
       
Severin Roesen; German, ca. 1815-1872 (active USA); Still Life, 1848; Oil on canvas; (25 x 35"); Gift of Mrs. Sterling Morton to the Preston Morton Collection; 1960.79;
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Severin Roesen
German, ca. 1815-1872 (active USA)
Still Life, 1848
Oil on canvas
25 x 35"

Gift of Mrs. Sterling Morton to the Preston Morton Collection
1960.79
Randolph Rogers
USA, 1825-1892
Ruth Gleaning, 1861
Marble
34 3/4 x 16" (includes base)

Museum purchase with funds provided by Mrs. Sterling Morton for gallery niche
1969.9
       
Charles Marion Russell
USA, 1865-1926
Where the Best of Riders Quit, n.d. (ca. 1920)
Bronze
14 3/4 x 8 x 8 3/8" (object w/o base)

Gift of Malcolm P. Aldrich in memory of Edward S. Harkness
1966.8
Augustus Saint-Gaudens
USA, 1848-1907
Head of Victory, n.d.
Gilded bronze
8 1/4 x 7 1/2 x 6"

Museum Purchase, with funds provided by the Suzette and Eugene Davidson Fund
1992.70
       
John Singer Sargent; USA, 1856-1925; Perseus at Night (The Statue of Perseus in Florence),  n.d. (ca. 1907); Oil on canvas; (50 3/4 x 36 3/8"); SBMA, Gift of Mrs. Sterling Morton to the Preston Morton Collection; 1960.80;
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John Singer Sargent
USA, 1856-1925
Perseus at Night (The Statue of Perseus in Florence), n.d. (ca. 1907)
Oil on canvas
50 3/4 x 36 3/8"

SBMA, Gift of Mrs. Sterling Morton to the Preston Morton Collection
1960.80
Joseph Henry Sharp; USA, 1859-1953; Elk Foot, Pueblo of Taos, New Mexico, n.d. (ca. 1903-1912); Oil on canvas; (15 1/8 x 20"); Gift of William and Marion Dentzel; 1980.101;
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Joseph Henry Sharp
USA, 1859-1953
Elk Foot, Pueblo of Taos, New Mexico, n.d. (ca. 1903-1912)
Oil on canvas
15 1/8 x 20"

Gift of William and Marion Dentzel
1980.101
       
Everett Shinn
USA, 1873-1953
Sixth Avenue Shoppers, 1903
Pastel and watercolor on board
21 x 26 1/2"

1960.81
Everett Shinn
USA, 1873-1953
The Seine, Right Bank, ca. 1905
Oil on canvas
Bequest of Margaret Mallory

1998.50.60
       
Francis Augustus Silva
USA, 1836-1886
Sunset Off City Island, ca. 1880
Oil on canvas
14 x 24 1/4"

Museum purchase, The Dicken Fund in memory of Emily Rodgers Davis
1988.52
John Sloan; USA, 1871-1951; City from the Palisades, 1908; Oil on canvas; (26 1/8 x 32 1/8"); Gift of Mrs. Sterling Morton to the Preston Morton Collection; 1960.82;
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John Sloan
USA, 1871-1951
City from the Palisades, 1908
Oil on canvas
26 1/8 x 32 1/8"

Gift of Mrs. Sterling Morton to the Preston Morton Collection
1960.82
       
George Henry Story; USA, 1835-1923; Wonders of the Barn, ca. 1865; Oil on panel; (24 x 20"); Gift of Charles C. and Elma Ralphs Shoemaker; 1994.34.16;
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George Henry Story
USA, 1835-1923
Wonders of the Barn, ca. 1865
Oil on panel
24 x 20"

Gift of Charles C. and Elma Ralphs Shoemaker
1994.34.16

 

 
     
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