October Noon
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
1943.137
People
George Inness, American (Newburgh, NY 1825 - 1894 Bridge of Allan, Scotland)
Title
October Noon
Classification
Paintings
Work Type
painting
Date
1891
Places
Creation Place: North America, United States
Culture
American
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
77.8 x 113.4 cm (30 5/8 x 44 5/8 in.)
framed: 101.3 x 139.4 x 9.2 cm (39 7/8 x 54 7/8 x 3 5/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: l.l.: G. Inness 1891
Provenance
Walter D. Blair, Tarrytown, NY; sold to M. Knoedler & Co., 1919; sold to Charles M. Schwab, New York, NY, 1920; sold at Schwab estate sale, Tobias, Fischer and Co., NY, 1940, lot no. 47; sold to M. Knoedler & Co. Inc., New York, NY; sold to John Levy Galleries, 1942; acquired through Martin Birnbaum by Grenville L. Winthrop, 1942; his bequest to the Fogg Art Museum, 1943.

Aquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
1943
Object Number
1943.137
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
Publication History

LeRoy Ireland, The Works of George Inness: An Illustrated Catalogue Raisonné, University of Tennessee Press (Austin, TX, 1965), p. 346, no. 1359, ill.

Dorothy W. Gillerman, Gridley McKim-Smith, and Joan R. Mertens, Grenville L. Winthrop: Retrospective for a Collector, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1969), p. 238

Nicolai Cikovsky, Jr., George Inness, Praeger (New York, NY, 1971), p. 55, pl. IX

Kenyon Castle Bolton, III, Peter G. Huenink, Earl A. Powell III, Harry Z. Rand, and Nanette C. Sexton, American Art at Harvard, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1972), cat. 98, ill.

The Life and Work of George Inness (New York, NY, 1977), pp. 322, 366

Nicolai Cikovsky, Jr. and Michael Quick, George Inness, exh. cat., Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Harper & Row (Los Angeles and New York, 1985), pp. 10-11, fig. 1

Eric M. Rosenberg and Miriam Stewart, The Harvest of 1830: The Barbizon Legacy, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1990), p. 24

Nicolai Cikovsky, Jr., George Inness, Harry N. Abrams, Inc./National Museum of American Art (New York, NY, 1993), ill. p. 109

Eugene Taylor, "The Interior Landscape: George Inness and William James on Art from a Swedenborgian Point of View", Archives of American Art Journal (1997), vol. 37, nos 1-2, pp. 2-10, p. 7, ill.

Kate Smith, ""A Study of George Inness's Underdrawing Technique"" (thesis (certificate in conservation), Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, 2002), Unpublished, pp. 1-14 passim

Adrienne Baxter Bell, George Inness and the Visionary Landscape, exh. cat., National Academy of Design / George Braziller, Inc. (New York, NY, 2003), pp. 37, 102-103, 172, cat. 25, ill.

Stephan Wolohojian, ed., A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University, exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Yale University Press (New York, NY, 2003), pp. 452-53, cat. 204, ill.

Stephan Wolohojian, Ingres, Burne-Jones, Whistler, Renoir... La Collection Grenville L. Winthrop, exh. cat., Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon and Réunion des Musées Nationaux (Paris, France, 2003), p. 466-467, cat. 204, ill.

Rachel DeLue, George Inness and the Science of Landscape, The University of Chicago Press (Chicago and London, 2004), pl. 14, back cover, and p. 222, fig, 76, det.

Nicolai Cikovsky, Jr., "George Inness and Tonalist Uncertainty", The Poetic Vision: American Tonalism, ed. Ralph Sessions, Spanierman Gallery (New York, 2005), pp. 51-60, p. 53, fig. 17

Michael Quick, George Inness: A Catalogue Raisonné, Rutgers University Press (New Brunswick, NJ and London, 2007), p. 216, pl. 204, p. 261, fig. 296, p. 267, p. 311-313, no. 1003, ill.

Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr. and Melissa Renn, American Paintings at Harvard, Volume One: Paintings, Watercolors, and Pastels by Artists Born before 1826, Yale University Press and Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge and New Haven, 2014), pp. 27, 300-01, cat. 261, ill.

Louise Todd Ambler and Kenyon Castle Bolton, III, "American Painting at Harvard", Antiques (New York, NY, November 1972), vol. 102, no. 5, pp. 876-883, pp. 877, 879, fig. 8

Exhibition History

Exhibition of Paintings by George Inness , Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, 05/01/1935 - 09/01/1935

American Art at Harvard, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/19/1972 - 06/18/1972

The Harvest of 1830: the Barbizon Legacy, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 08/25/1990 - 10/21/1990

The Persistence of Memory: Continuity and Change in American Cultures, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 07/29/1995 - 05/13/2001

A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 10/23/2003 - 01/25/2004

George Inness and the Visionary Landscape, San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, 01/24/2004 - 04/18/2004; National Academy of Design, New York, 09/17/2003 - 12/28/2003

For Students of Art and Lovers of Beauty: Highlights from the Collection of Grenville L. Winthrop, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/16/2004

HAA 10 Survey Course (S421): The Western Tradition: Art Since the Renaissance (Fall 08 Rotation 1), Arthur M. Sackler Museum, 09/13/2008 - 10/19/2008

HAA 10 Survey Course (S421): The Western Tradition: Art Since the Renaissance (Fall 09 Rotation 1), Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 09/02/2009 - 10/12/2009

Subjects and Contexts

Collection Highlights

Verification Level

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