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Fisherman and Mermaid


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American (New York, NY 1836 - 1923 Rome, Italy)
Fisherman and Mermaid, 1888-1889
Painting
American
,
19th century
Oil on canvas
41 x 71.8 cm (16 1/8 x 28 1/4 in.)
framed: 72.4 x 102.9 x 7 cm (28 1/2 x 40 1/2 x 2 3/4 in.)
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of John P. Coolidge
, 1980.82
Department of American Paintings, Sculpture & Decorative Arts
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Description
Another version of this painting, dated 1879, is in the Hood Museum, Dartmouth College (P.982.53).
Marks
signed: black oil paint, l.l.: Elihu Vedder / Rome, 1888-9
Provenance
Sold by the artist to Joseph Randolph Coolidge, April 11, 1888; to his son, Julian Lowell Coolidge; to his son, John Coolidge; his gift to Fogg Art Museum, 1980.
Bibliography
Elihu Vedder, The Digressions of V, Houghton Mifflin Company (Boston and New YOrk, 1910), p. 486

Regina Soria, Elihu Vedder: American Visionary Artist in Rome (1836-1923), Fairleigh Dickinson University Press (Rutherford, NJ, 1970), p. 202

Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., Virginia Anderson and Kimberly Orcutt, ed., American Paintings at Harvard, Volume Two, Paintings, Drawings, Pastels and Stained Glass by Artists Born 1826-1856, Harvard University Art Museums/Yale University Press (Cambridge, MA and New Haven, CT, 2008), p. 375-76, cat. 408, ill. p. 376

Exhibition History
Sublimations: Art and Sensuality in the 19th Century, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 07/13/1996 - 07/21/2002