Power of Death

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American (Painesville, OH 1824 - 1900 New York, NY)
Power of Death, c. 1889-1890
19th century
Oil on board
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.)
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
, 2002.65
Department of American Paintings, Sculpture & Decorative Arts
Acquired by Alexander Gallery, New York, before 1981.
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

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

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.

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