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A Catalogue of the Collection of American Paintings in the Corcoran Gallery of Art: Volume 1, Painters Born Before 1850

Dorothy W. Phillips
Published 1966
174 pages

This volume, the first of two on the American paintings in the Corcoran Gallery of Art, was written by longtime Corcoran curator of collections Dorothy Phillips. Covering American paintings in the Corcoran collection by artists born before 1850, the catalog contains black-and-white illustrations and short entries on each work, with provenance information and published references provided where possible. The catalog includes works by about 150 artists, such as Benjamin West, Mary Cassatt, Thomas Eakins, George Inness, Thomas Sully, and Frederic Edwin Church. Artists are organized chronologically by date of birth, with their works listed chronologically following a brief biography. Works by unidentified artists are organized based on approximate date of execution. This volume and its companion comprise the first modern catalog of the Corcoran collection. (When the Corcoran Gallery of Art closed in 2014 the National Gallery of Art accessioned much of its collection and became custodian of its publications. This and other out-of-print Corcoran volumes have been made freely available as PDFs in an effort to perpetuate the legacy of that institution.)

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