The Dawn
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
John La Farge, American (New York, NY 1835 - 1910 Providence, RI)
The Dawn
Other Titles
Former Title: Dawn on the Edge of Night
Work Type
Creation Place: North America, United States
Level 2, Room 2130, European and American Art, 17th–19th century
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Physical Descriptions
Oil on canvas
79.1 x 85.1 cm (31 1/8 x 33 1/2 in.)
frame: 93.4 x 98.4 x 5.1 cm (36 3/4 x 38 3/4 x 2 in.)
Consigned by the artist to Doll and Richards, Boston, MA, 1899; their sale to Mrs. Roland C. Lincoln, 1900; her sale, American Art Association, New York, 1920; purchased at that sale by Scott and Fowles, New York; their sale to Grenville L. Winthrop, New York, 1930s; his gift to the Fogg Art Museum, 1939.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Grenville L. Winthrop, Class of 1886
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
Publication History

Cecilia Waern, John La Farge, Artist and Writer (London and New York, 1896), pp. 43-44

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, An Exhibition of the Work of John La Farge, exh. cat., Blanchard Press, Inc. (New York, NY, 1936), no. 24, reproduced

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. 471-72, cat. 206, 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. 457-58, cat. 206, 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. 206, cat. no. 158, reproduced in color

James L. Yarnall, John La Farge, A Biographical and Critical Study, Ashgate Publishing Company (Burlington, VT, 2012), pp. xiii, 220-221, repr. p. 220 as fig. 8.9

Josephine L. Allen, "Exhibition of the Work of John La Farge", The Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY, April 1936), vol. XXXI, no. 4, pp. 74-78, p. 77

"Gift of Grenville L. Winthrop, class of 1886", Bulletin of the Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, January 1939), vol. XI, no. 1, p. 19, p. 19

Ann Hamilton Sayre, "The Complete Work of John La Farge at the Metropolitan", Art News (March 28, 1936), pp. 5-6, 12, pp. 5-6, 10

Royal Cortissoz, "John La Farge and his Original Traits", New York Herald Tribune (New York, NY, March 29, 1936), section V, p. 10, p. 10

Exhibition History

Unidentified Exhibition, Carnegie Institute, 1899, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, 01/01/1899 - 12/31/1899

Unidentified Exhibition, Cincinnati Art Museum, 1921, Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, 01/01/1921 - 12/31/1921

An Exhibition of the Work of John La Farge, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 03/23/1936 - 04/26/1936

A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University, National Gallery, London, 06/25/2003 - 09/14/2003; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 10/23/2003 - 01/25/2004

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

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Verification Level

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