Collection Highlights

Politicians in a Country Bar

Political discussions, and indeed arguments, have always been a vital part of American life and regularly appear as the subject of paintings during the 19th century. Country taverns, a… ...more

Horse Mask

Nez Perce Horse Mask

Provenance: (1) Acquired from Nez Perce Indians at Nespelem, Washington.; (2) Jerrie and Anne Vander Houwen. Yakima, Washington.; (3) Howard Roloff. Victoria, British… ...more

Ringing the Pig

More than any other artist, William Sidney Mount brought genre painting to public attention and popularity. His depictions of rural life, particularly its comic side, equal or surpass other… ...more

Eel Spearing at Setauket

In Eel Spearing at Setauket, Mount combined personal experience and specific requests of a patron into one of the most acclaimed American genre paintings of the 19th century. The painting… ...more

Engraved Walrus Tusk

Double portrait engraved on a walrus tusk, depicting a self-portrait of Happy Jack and portrait of first wife, Malinda in respective oval frames. Portraits are juxtaposed with summer… ...more

Dress Shop

A quote from the artist: "My mother and sister worked in a dress shop, and I worked in a clothing shop, which was pretty much the same. When my sister saw this (painting) she said, 'Ralph,… ...more

Jar

Nampeyo is considered the greatest potter in the Hopi tradition. In the 1890s she revived the Sikyatki painting style (A.D. 1375-1625) by copying pottery shards found at the ancient… ...more

Medallion

This medal was struck by Commodore Elliott in honor of J.F. Cooper and in gratitude for Cooper's vindication of Elliott's conduct at the battle of Lake Erie. Made of white metal, the obverse… ...more

James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851)

This portrait was painted just as Cooper began his career as a novelist. One of the most striking portraits of James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851), this was Susan Augusta DeLancey Cooper's… ...more

Mask

Kwakiutl Tsonoqua Mask

Example Catalog Entry: Dzunukwa (Tsonoqua) Mask Kwakiutl (Kwakwaka`wakw) Northeast Vancouver Island, British Columbia c. 1850-1870 Red cedar, black bear skin,… ...more

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Cane

Bamboo walking stick. Belonged to James Fenimore Cooper, the novelist, shortly before his death. ...more

Floorcloth - Cooper family coach

Elaborately painted burlap with pattern of repeating diamonds and floral motifs. Thickly applied paint. Paint colors are: green, blue, red, white, yellow. This floorcloth was used in the… ...more

Coach

This coach belonged to the Cooper family. Commentary by Ken Wheeling, August 13, 1998: This coach style was popular in the South, and this is an excellent example. Similar coaches include… ...more