Still Life with Bric-a-Brac

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American (Clonakilty, Ireland 1848 - 1892 New York, NY)
Still Life with Bric-a-Brac, 1878
19th century
Creation Place: United States
Oil on canvas
81.3 x 108.6 cm (32 x 42 3/4 in.)
framed: 94.6 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm (37 1/4 x 47 1/2 x 3 in.)
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Grenville L. Winthrop, Class of 1886
, 1942.220
Department of American Paintings, Sculpture & Decorative Arts
signed: l.r.: W. M. Harnett / 1878
Commissioned by William Hazleton Folwell, Philadelphia, 1878; purchased by Grenville L. Winthrop through Martin Birnbaum, 1942; his gift to the Fogg Art Museum, 1942.
Fogg Art Museum and Benjamin Rowland, Jr., Real and Ideal in American Art, exh. cat., (Cambridge, MA, Summer 1948), cat. 16

Virgil Barker, American Painting: History and Interpretation, The Macmillan Company (New York, 1950), p. 576

Alfred V. Frankenstein, After the Hunt: William Harnett and Other American Still Life Painters 1870 - 1900, University of California Press (Berkeley, CA, 1969), p. 183, pl. 35

William H. Gerdts, "The Bric-a-Brac Still Life", The Magazine Antiques (November 1971), pp. 744-748, p. 747, no. 745, ill.

William H. Gerdts and Russell Burke, American Still Life Painting, Praeger (New York, NY, 1971), pp. 135, 138, reproduced fig. 10-5

William H. Gerdts, "On the Tabletop: Europe and America", Art in America (September 1972 - October 1972), pp. 62-69, reproduced p. 68

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. 89, ill.

Barbara S. Groseclose, "Vanity and the Artist: Some Still-Life Paintings by William Michael Harnett", American Art Journal (Winter 1987), vol. XIX, no. 1, pp. 51-59, footnote no. 24, p. 59

Doreen Bolger, ""Cards and Letters from his Friends": Mr. Hulings' Rack Picture by Wm M. Harnett", American Art Journal (1990), vol. XXII, no. 2, pp. 4-32, p. 13, fig. 9

Doreen Bolger, Marc A. Simpson and John Wilmerding, William M. Harnett, exh. cat., Metropolitan Museum of Art / Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 1992), p. 36, fig. 9; p. 246, fig. 112

Timothy Anglin Burgard, American Art at Harvard: Cultures and Contexts, brochure, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1994), p. 12, cat. 75

David Lubin, Picturing a Nation: Art and Social Change in Nineteenth-Century America, (New Haven, 1994), p. 282, fig. 156

Patrick Mauries, Le Trompe-l'oeil de l'Antiquite au XX siecle, Gallimard (Paris, France, 1996), pp. 270-8, pp. 274-5, ill.

Holly Edwards, Noble Dreams, Wicked Pleasures: Orientalism in America, 1870-1930, exh. cat., Princeton University Press and Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute (Princeton, NJ, 2000), p. 6; repr in color p. 4, fig. 1

Stephan Wolohojian, ed., Harvard Art Museum Handbook, Harvard Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 2008), p. 137, ill.

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. 129-31, cat. no. 94, p. 130, 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), pp. 457-59, cat. 198, ill.

Stephan Wolohojian, ed., A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University, exh. cat., ed. Stephan Wolohojian The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Yale University Press (New York, NY, 2003), pp. 443-44, cat. 198, ill.

Exhibition History
Real and Ideal in American Art, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 06/01/1948 - 09/01/1948, 16
American Art at Harvard, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/19/1972 - 06/18/1972, 89
Master Paintings from the Fogg Collection, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/13/1977 - 08/31/1977
American Art at Harvard: Cultures and Contexts, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/01/1994 - 12/30/1994, 75
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, 198
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 -
Re-View: S424-426 Western Art from 1560 to 1900, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 08/16/2008 - 06/18/2011
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