Collection Highlights

Hudson River Looking Toward the Catskills

This painting is rendered on an unusually large scale and shows people fitting into a beautiful and benevolent environment. The graceful forms of the trees seem to offer protection to the… ...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

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

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

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

Justice's Court in the Back Woods

Justice's Court in the Back Woods is a celebration of American democracy and justice. Tompkins Harrison Matteson's depiction of a shoemaker, who is also Justice of the Peace and postmaster,… ...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

Whig Political Banner

This large Whig campaign banner was probably carried in parades or at political gatherings during the 1840s. It carries a potent political message by juxtaposing a screaming eagle-symbol of… ...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

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

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Recent Items

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