Artist Washington Allston, American, 1779-1843
Title
  • Italian Landscape
Date between 1828 and 1830
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions Unframed: 30 1/4 × 25 1/4 inches (76.8 × 64.1 cm)
Framed: 35 1/4 × 30 3/16 × 3 5/8 inches (89.5 × 76.7 × 9.2 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase, Dexter M. Ferry, Jr. Fund
Accession Number 43.31
Department American Art before 1950
On View American W272, Level 2 (see map)
until 1876, commissioned by Mayor of Boston, Samuel A. Eliot (Boston, Massachusetts, USA);
1876-1881, the family of Mrs. S. A. Eliot;
1881-1943, Mrs. Henry W. Foote (Boston, Massachusetts, USA);
1943, dealer, Mrs. Roger B. Merriman (Boston, Massachusetts, USA);
1943-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Fourth Exhibition. Exh. cat., Chester Harding’s Gallery Studio. Boston,1830, no. 146.

Fifth Exhibition. Exh. cat., Chester Harding’s Gallery Studio. Boston, 1831, no. 22.

Exhibition of Pictures Painted by Washington Allston. Exh. cat., Chester Harding’s Gallery Studio. Boston, 1839, no. 11.

Peabody, Elizabeth Palmer. “Remarks on Allston’s Paintings.” Last Evening with Allston and Other Papers. Boston, 1839, p. 23.

Clarke, James Freeman. “Nature and Art, or the Three Landscapes.” Dial 1 (October, 1840): pp. 173-175.

Ware, William. Lectures on the Works and Genius of Washington Allston. 1852, p. 36.

Stillman, William J. “Sketchings.” The Crayon 1 (March 1855): p. 155.

Thirtieth Exhibition of Paintings and Statuary. Exh. cat., The Boston Athenaeum. Boston, 1857, no. 221.

[Catalogue of] Pictures Lent to the Sanitary Fair for Exhibition, Together with [Catalogue of] Paintings and Statuary of the Athenaeum Gallery. Exh. cat., The Boston Athenaeum. Boston, 1863, no. 177.

Clarke, Sarah. “Our First Great Painter and His Works.” Atlantic Monthly XV (February 1865): p. 130.

Exhibition of Paintings for the Benefit of the French. Exh. cat., The Boston Athenaeum. Boston, 1871, no. 154.

International Exhibition. Exh. cat., The United States Centennial Commission, Art Gallery and Annexes. Philadelphia, 1876, no. 60.

Sweetser, Moses Foster. Allston. Boston, 1879, p. 70.

Appleton, Thomas Gold. Exhibition of the Works of Washington Allston. Exh. cat., The Museum of Fine Arts. Boston, 1881, no. 231.

S.A.H. “Old Letters. The Avery Collection of Artists’ Letters in the Brooklyn Museum.” Brooklyn Museum Quarterly (1915): p. 283.

World of the Romantic Artist: A Survey of American Culture from 1800-1875. Exh. cat., Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 1944, no. 62 (ill.).

Richardson, Edgar Preston. “Three Late Pictures by Allston.” Bulletin of the DIA 24, 1 (1944): pp. 3-5 (ill.).

_____________________. “Allston and the Development of Romantic Color.” Art Quarterly 7 (Winter 1944): p. 55 (fig. 10).

_____________________. American Romantic Painting. New York, 1944, p. 5.

_____________________. “Allston: History of a Reputation.” Art News 46 (August 1947): p. 14.

Washington Allston, 1779-1843: A Loan Exhibition of Paintings, Drawings, and Memorabilia. Exh. cat., Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 1947, no. 32 (ill.).

Richardson, Edgar Preston. Washington Allston: A Study of the Romantic Artist in America. Chicago, 1948, pp. 146-148.

Travelers in Arcadia: American Artists in Italy, 1830-1875. Exh. cat., Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 1951, no. 3 (ill.).

Ourusoff, Elizabeth. “Thomas Cole: View of Florence from San Miniato.” The Cleveland Museum of Art Bulletin 49, 1 (January 1962): p. 13.

The Paintings of Washington Allston. Exh. cat., The Lowe Art Museum. Coral Gables, FL, 1975, no. 22.

A Man of Genius: The Art of Washington Allston. Exh. cat., The Museum of Fine Arts. Boston, 1980, no. 62.

Crean, Hugh R. “The Influence of William Wordsworth’s Concept of Memory on Washington Allston’s Later Works.” Arts Magazine 57 (June 1983): p. 59.

Gerdts. William H. “American Landscape Painting: Critical Judgments, 1730-1845.” The American Art Journal XVII, 1 (Winter 1985): pp. 28-59 (ill.).

Ellis, Elizabeth. “Washington Allston’s Later Career and Art and Taste in Boston.”
Ph. D. diss., New York, Columbia University, chapters 3-4.

_____________. “The ‘Intellectual and Moral Made Visible.’ The 1830 Washington Allston Exhibition and Unitarian Taste in Boston.” Prospects 10 (1986): p. 72 (fig. 3).