Fisherman And Mermaid
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
1980.82
People
Elihu Vedder, American (New York, NY 1836 - 1923 Rome, Italy)
Title
Fisherman and Mermaid
Classification
Paintings
Work Type
painting
Date
1888-1889
Culture
American
Location
Level 2, Room 2130, European and American Art, 17th–19th century
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Physical Descriptions
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
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.)
Inscriptions and 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.
Aquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of John P. Coolidge
Accession Year
1980
Object Number
1980.82
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
Descriptions
Description
Another version of this painting, dated 1879, is in the Hood Museum, Dartmouth College (P.982.53).
Publication History

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

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Verification Level

4 - Best. Object is extensively researched, well described and information is vetted