Artist Elihu Vedder, American, 1836-1923
  • Samson
Date 1886
Medium Oil on cradled wood panel
Dimensions Unframed: 17 3/4 × 27 1/2 inches (45.1 × 69.9 cm)
Framed: 29 3/4 × 37 5/8 × 1 7/8 inches (75.6 × 95.6 × 4.8 cm)
Credit Line Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Chazan, Arthur and Joyce Hurvitz, and Irwin and Gloria Sparr in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Manoogian
Accession Number 1994.123
Department American Art before 1950
On View American W291, Level 2 (see map)
Signed Signed and dated, at lower right: Elihu Vedder | Rome 1876
Inscriptions Inscribed, lower left corner (on gold coin): 18 V.86
Inscribed, upper center: Samson [translated from Hebrew]
Inscribed, at lower right: Elihu Vedder | Rome 1876
Colonel J. G. Moore (New York, New York, USA).
private collections.
Graham Williford (New York, New York, USA).
Jordan-Volpe Gallery (New York, New York, USA).
1994-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
“Art Notes.” Critic: A Weekly Review of Literature and the Arts 10, 7 (1887): p. 210.

Catalogue of Vedder’s Phototypes. Exh. cat. New York, 1887, nos. 9-10.

World’s Columbian Exposition. Exh. cat. Chicago, 1893, nos. 1035-1036.

Goodyear, William H. Renaissance and Modern Art. New York, 1894, p. 303.

Clement, Clara Erskine. “Later Religious Painting in America.” New England Magazine 12, 2 (April 1895): pp. 138-139.

Lusk, Lewis. “The Later Work of Elihu Vedder.” Art Journal 55 (1903): pp. 142-146.

Vedder, Elihu. The Digressions of V. 2 Vols. Boston, 1910, p. 485.

Soria, Regina. Elihu Vedder: American Visionary Artist in Rome (1836-1923). Rutherford, NJ, 1970, pp. 331-332, nos. 431-432.

American Expatriate Painters of the Late Nineteenth Century. Exh. cat., Dayton Art Institute. Dayton, OH, 1976, pp. 140-141, nos. 53-54.

Perceptions and Evocations: The Art of Elihu Vedder. Exh. cat., National Collection of Fine Arts. Washington, D.C., 1979, pp. 150-151, nos. 185-186.

All Walks of Life: Paintings of the Figure from the National Academy of Design. Exh. cat., National Academy of Design. New York, 1979, p. 83.

Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Paintings. Exh. cat., Jordan-Volpe Gallery. 1989, pp. 10-13.

Revisiting the White City: American Art at the 1893 World’s Fair. Exh. cat., National Museum of American Art. Washington, D.C., 1993, p. 337, nos. 1006-1007.