Power Of Death
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
2002.65
People
William Holbrook Beard, American (Painesville, OH 1824 - 1900 New York, NY)
Title
Power of Death
Classification
Paintings
Work Type
painting
Date
c. 1889-1890
Culture
American
Location
Level 2, Room 2130, European and American Art, 17th–19th century
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Physical Descriptions
Medium
Oil on board
Dimensions
53.7 x 44.1 cm (21 1/8 x 17 3/8 in.)
frame: 76.2 x 67.3 x 7 cm (30 x 26 1/2 x 2 3/4 in.)
Provenance
Acquired by Alexander Gallery, New York, before 1981.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Purchase through the generosity of Howard E. Cox, Elizabeth Gosnell Miller, Mrs. John S. Hamlen, Lawrence J. Lasser, George Lewis, Michael Maher, James W. McGlothlin, Robert H. and Dale Mnookin, Thomas R. and Ann Schwarz, Charles O. Wood, III and Miriam M. Wood, and other friends in honor of James Cuno
Accession Year
2002
Object Number
2002.65
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
Publication History

Samuel Green Wheeler Benjamin, "An American Humorist in Paint, William H. Beard, N.A.", The Magazine of Art (1882), V, pp. 14-19, p. 15

Maria Naylor, ed., The National Academy of Design Exhibition Record, 1861-1900 (New York, NY, 1973), vol. 1, p. 44.

William H. Gerdts, William Holbrook Beard: Animals in Fantasy, exh. cat., Alexandre Gallery (New York, NY, 1981), pp. 6, 11, 16, cover

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, 86, cat. 37, ill.

"William H. Beard Dead", The New York Times (February 21, 1900), p. 7

Exhibition History

Annual Exhibition, National Academy of Design, New York, 01/01/1890 - 12/31/1890

William Holbrook Beard: Animals in Fantasy, Alexander Gallery, New York, 04/21/1981 - 05/16/1981

Subjects and Contexts

Collection Highlights

Verification Level

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