American to 1900

The majority of the museum’s collection of early American paintings consists of landscapes and portraiture. Included are landscapes by Thomas Doughty, George Inness, Alexander Wyant, Childe Hassam, and Ralph A. Blakelock; portraits by James Earl, Gilbert Stuart, Chester Harding, Edward A. Bell, and Thomas Sully; genre paintings by William Bliss Baker, and Winslow Homer; and a still life by Harriet Cany Peale. Regionally, the Mid-South is represented by artists such as Ralph E.W. Earl, William and Washington Cooper, William Hart, Kate Carl, and an extensive collection of paintings and oil sketches by Carl Gutherz.



James Earl, American, 1761-1796
Frances Hortin and her Sister: A Pair of Portraits, 1792
Oil on canvas
Morrie A. Moss Acquisition Funds 2007


Gilbert Stuart, American, 1755-1828
Portrait of Dr. Prentis Love of Vermont, ca. 1809-1816
Oil on canvas
29" x 23 1/2"
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Morrie A. Moss 56.5


Ralph E. W. Earl, American (b. England), 1788-1837
Portrait of General Andrew Jackson, President of the United States, 1833
Oil on canvas
36 1/8" x 29 1/8"
Memphis Park Commission purchase 46.2


Thomas Doughty, American, 1793-1856
Anthony's Nose, Lake George, New York, ca. 1837-1838
Oil on canvas
30 1/8" x 42 1/8"
Memphis Park Commission purchase 46.1


Harriet Cany Peale, American, 1800-1869
Still Life with Lowestoft Bowl, 1857
Oil on canvas
18 7/8" x 27"
Gift of Mr. Walter Nelson Pharr in honor of his mother, Mrs. Blanche R. Pharr 75.12


George W. Inness, American, 1825-1894
Landscape or Summer Landscape, ca. 1861
Oil on canvas
13 1/2" x 19 1/2"
Anonymous gift in memory of Karl Mercer Blanchard and Zelma Gurley Blanchard 81.5


Winslow Homer, American, 1836-1910
Reading by the Brook, 1879
Oil on canvas
15 7/8" x 22 3/4"
Memphis Park Commission purchase 43.22


Childe Hassam, American, 1859-1935
Apple Blossoms, ca. 1885
Oil on wood panel
13 3/8" x 15 1/4"
Gift of Mr. Walter M. Rentschler 67.1


Carl Gutherz, American (b. Switzerland), 1844-1907
Light of the Incarnation, 1888
Oil on canvas
77" x 114"
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall F. Goodheart 68.11.1


Edward A. Bell, American, 1862-1953
Lady in Gray, 1889
Oil on canvas
76 1/8" x 49 1/2"
Gift of the Artist 33.1