Collection Highlights

The Scissors Grinder

Eastman Johnson is best remembered today for his skill as a genre painter. Johnson began as a successful portrait painter, capturing images of Longfellow, Emerson, and Hawthorne, but in 1858… ...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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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