Aladdin's Lamp
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
1941.76
People
Elihu Vedder, American (New York, NY 1836 - 1923 Rome, Italy)
Title
Aladdin's Lamp
Classification
Drawings
Work Type
drawing
Date
c. 1888
Culture
American
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Gouache, gold leaf, and black ink on brown card
Dimensions
24.2 x 18.7 cm (9 1/2 x 7 3/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: red-brown gouache, l.r.: Vedder
  • inscription: across top of image, gouache, in artist's hand: Merry Christmas
  • inscription: across lower edge of image, gouache, in artist's hand: A Happy New Year
  • inscription: down sides of image, gouache, in artist's hand: [left side:] May Aladdin's / [right side:] lamp be thine
  • gallery label: removed from backing, now in curatorial file, paper
Provenance
Sold by the artist to or commissioned by Louis Prang, Boston; his sale, December 6, 1899, lot 1170; Grenville L. Winthrop, New York, NY; his gift to Fogg Art Museum, 1941.
Aquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Grenville L. Winthrop, Class of 1886
Accession Year
1941
Object Number
1941.76
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
Publication History

Elihu Vedder, The Digressions of V, Houghton Mifflin Company (Boston and New YOrk, 1910), p. 482

Regina Soria, Elihu Vedder: American Visionary Artist in Rome (1836-1923), Fairleigh Dickinson University Press (Rutherford, NJ, 1970), pp. 161-162

Richard Murray, "The Art of Decoration", exh. cat., Smithsonian Institution Press (Washington, D.C, 1979), p. 178, repr. fig. 218

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. 374-75, cat. no. 407, reproduced in color

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Verification Level

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