Head of a Roman
Oil on canvas
image size: 29 1/2 x 24 1/4 in. (74.9 x 61.6 cm) framed: 35 x 30 in. (88.9 x 76.2 cm)
This painting along with Durand's other "Head of a Roman" paintings were exhibited at the National Academy in 1842. This is one of eight studies of elderly men painted by Durand in 1840-41, of which the Society owns four.
"Exhibition of the National Academy," The New World, May 21, 1842, p. 337. "National Academy of Design," The NY Herald, May 25, 1842, p.2, col. 4. "Editor's Table," The Knickerbocker, June 1842, pp. 588-93. Executor's Sale, Studies in Oil by Asher B. Durand, N.A., Deceased, Ortgies' Art Gallery, New York, April 13 and 14, 1887., p. 31, no. 378. Catalogue of the Gallery of Art of The New York Historical Society, New York: Printed for the Society, 1915, p. 43. Lawall, David B., Asher Brown Durand: His Art and Art Theory in Relation to his Times, Submitted to Princeton University in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, March 1966, pp. 159-62, 215, 241, 445, 616-7, 671. Caldwell, John S., Asher B. Durand's Travels in Europe, 1840-1841 and their Role in his Artistic Development, Submitted to Hunter College in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts, 1973, pp. 42-3. Koke, Richard J., American Landscape and Genre Paintings in the New York Historical Society, Vol. I, New York: The New-York Historical Society, 1982, pp. 312. Stebbins, Jr., Theodore E., The Lure of Italy: American Artists and the Italian Experience 1760-1914, Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, in association with Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1992, p. 194.
Gift of Mrs. Lucy Maria Durand Woodman
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