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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Elihu Vedder, American (New York, NY 1836 - 1923 Rome, Italy)
Aladdin's Lamp
Work Type
c. 1888
Physical Descriptions
Gouache, gold leaf, and black ink on brown card
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
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.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Grenville L. Winthrop, Class of 1886
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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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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