Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin. HUAM148373

Harvard Portrait and Clock Collections


32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138


Tara Phillips







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Description of repository / collection image holdings:

The Harvard Portrait Collection began in 1680 with a payment to Major Thomas Smith (the artist) for "drawing Dr. Ames effigies pr Order of Corporation." It expanded rapidly, mostly through the generous gifts of alumni and faculty, and today includes more than 1,200 objects. Strengths of the collection are colonial portraiture, especially the paintings of John Singleton Copley, nineteenth century sculpture, and works by Boston area artists.

The 81 timepieces in the Harvard Clock collection are primarily American or English, and date from the 18th through the 20th centuries. Most of the collection was acquired through gifts from alumni and it includes rare examples by such early American clockmakers as Simon Willard, Jonathan Mulliken, and Joseph Pope.

What we have in VIA:

A significant portion of the collection is represented in VIA. More in-depth information about the holdings is available on the Museums' "Collections Online" website: http://www.harvardartmuseums.org/collection


Copies of works of art may be requested using the following form (pdf): http://www.artmuseums.harvard.edu/home/docs/H_ImageRequest.pdf

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