Aladdin's Lamp

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American (New York, NY 1836 - 1923 Rome, Italy)
Aladdin's Lamp, c. 1888
19th century
Gouache, gold leaf, and black ink on brown card
24.2 x 18.7 cm (9 1/2 x 7 3/8 in.)
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Grenville L. Winthrop, Class of 1886
, 1941.76
signed: red-brown gouache, l.r.: Vedder
gallery label: removed from backing, now in curatorial file, paper
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
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.
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