Artist Washington Allston, American, 1779-1843
Title
  • Italian Shepherd Boy
Date 1819
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions Unframed: 21 × 17 inches (53.3 × 43.2 cm)
Framed: 25 3/16 × 21 1/8 × 2 7/8 inches (64 × 53.7 × 7.3 cm)
Credit Line Gift of Dexter M. Ferry, Jr.
Accession Number 44.166
Department American Art before 1950
On View American W271, Level 2 (see map)
Signed Signed and dated, on back of canvas: W. Allston, 1819
by September 1825, possibly Nathaniel Amroy.
before 1839, possibly Robert Gilmore (Baltimore, Maryland, USA) [as Beattie's Minstrel].
1944, William Gibson Borland family (Concord, Massachusetts, USA);
1944, dealer, Victor Spark (New York, New York, USA);
1944-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Letter from Allston to William Collins, May 18, 1921. The Massachusetts Historical Society, Dana Family Papers.

Peabody, Elizabeth Palmer. “Remarks on Allston’s Paintings.” Last Evening with Allston and Other Papers. Boston, 1839, p. 7.

Fuller, Margaret. “A Record of Impressions Produced by the Exhibition of Mr. Allston’s Pictures in the Summer of 1839.” Dial, 1 (July 1840): p. 79.

Sweetser, Moses Foster. Allston. Boston, 1879, p. 190.

Dunlap, William. A History of the Rise and Progress of the Arts of Design in the United States, Volume 2. Boston, 1918, p. 461.

Richardson, Edgar P. “Three Late Pictures by Allston.” Bulletin of the DIA, 24, 1 (1944): p. 3 (ill.).

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

______________. Washington Allston: A Study of the Romantic Artist in America. Chicago, 1948, pp. 139, 141, 148, and 207 (pl. 48).

Johns, Elizabeth. Washington Allston: Method, Imagination, and Reality.” Winterthur Portfolio, 12 (1977): p. 12.

____________. “Washington Allston and Samuel Taylor Coleridge: A Remarkable Relationship.” Journal of the Archives of American Art, 19, 3 (1979): p. 122.

Wolf, Bryan Jay. Romantic Re-Vision: Culture and Consciousness in Nineteenth-Century American Painting and Literature. Chicago, 1982, pp. 74-75 (ill.).

Crean, Hugh R. The Influence of William Wordsworth’s Concept of Memory on Washington Allston’s Later Works.” Arts Magazine, 57 (June 1983): p. 61.