Collection Highlights

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

Mother and Child

Ammi Phillips is recognized as one of the most successful and prolific folk portrait painters of the first half of the 19th century. Numerous scholars have researched Phillips' work and his… ...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

Van Bergen Overmantel

This painting of the Marten Van Bergen farm in Leeds, New York, conveys more visual information about Dutch life in America than any other surviving object of the period. It is the only… ...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

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

Raven Mask

Central Yup'ik Eskimo Raven Mask of Doolagiak

The name of the Mask is "Doolagiak" and represents the trickster - raven. Raven masks were made throughout Alaska, reflecting the… ...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

Elizabeth Fenimore Cooper

Watercolor portrait of Elizabeth Cooper seated in Otsego Hall. With the exception of the artist's earliest recorded likenesses of members of his family, George Freeman sought to attract only… ...more

Christopher Columbus Landing Upon the Island of St. Salvador

For generations of European Americans, Christopher Columbus's discovery of the New World was celebrated for providing a land of opportunity, prosperity, and freedom from economic and… ...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