The Summons
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze, American (Schwäbisch-Gmünd, Germany 1816 - 1868 Washington, DC)
The Summons
Other Titles
Former Title: Light and Shadow
Former Title: Entertaining the Messenger in the Outer Hall
Former Title: Entertaining the Messenger
Former Title: Light and Shade
Work Type
Physical Descriptions
Oil on canvas
79.4 x 114.9 cm (31 1/4 x 45 1/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: l.r.: E Leutze/56
Charles M. Leupp, New York, 1856-1860; William McDonald, Baltimore, 1867; Mrs. Harold Colvocoresses, 1943; with S. John Esposito, Middlefield, CT; Theodore E. Stebbins Jr., Boston, MA, 1976; his gift to the Harvard University Art Museums, 2007.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Theodore E. Stebbins Jr.
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
Publication History

Henry T. Tuckerman, Book of the Artists: American Artist Life, Comprising Biographical and Critical Sketches of American Artists, Preceded by an Historical Account of the Rise and Progress of Art in America, Putnam (New York, NY, 1867), p. 336

Friedrich von Boetticher, Malerwerke des Neunzehnten Jahrhunderts, F. v. Boetticher (Dresden, Germany, 1891 - 1901), p. 858, cat. 26

Century Association, Exhibition of Works by Emanuel Leutze, exh. cat. (New York, 1946), p. 95, no. 65

Barbara S. Groseclose, Emanuel Leutze, 1816-1868, Freedom Is the Only King, Smithsonian Institution for the National Collection of Fine Arts (Washington D.C., 1976), no. 83

Carol Troyen, A Private Eye: Fifty Nineteenth-Century American Paintings, Drawings, & Watercolors from the Stebbins Collection, exh. cat., The Heckscher Museum of Art (Huntington, NY, 1977), no. 35

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. 35, 336-37, cat. 299, ill.

"Sketchings", The Crayon (July 1857), IV, p. 223

"Emanuel Leutze", Illustrirte Zeitung (Leipzig, Germany, July 4, 1857), pp. 11-13, ill. p. 12

"Art Resources", Cosmopolitan Art Journal (March 4, 1859), p. 85

Exhibition of a Valuable Collection of Oil Paintings Comprising the Most Recent and Important Works of E. Leutze, Esq., auct. cat. (May 7, 1863), cat. 15

James T. Callow, "American Art in the Collection of Charles M. Leupp", The Magazine Antiques (November 1980), vol.118, p. 1000, pl. 5

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