Exhibit - Snelling Room Artwork

The Richard and Barbara Snelling Room of the Vermont History Museum houses a collection of portraits and landscape paintings reflecting the 18th and 19th century history of the Capital Region. Artwork is hung in a traditional, 19th-century, salon style reminiscent of the early years of the Vermont Historical Society.

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Abraham Lincoln
Interpretative Labels
Abraham Lincoln, c. 1865 Unknown Artist Vermont Oil on canvas Gift of Robert and Dona Bradish, #2019.9 After Abraham Lincoln's death, images of the president became very popular in households and public buildings. This portrait, a copy of the famous Matthew Brady Gettysburg photograph, was commissioned by a family in Bellows Falls, Vermont.
Name/Title
Abraham Lincoln
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-1139
Description
Portrait showing a man wearing a black, three-piece suit, a white shirt with a fall-collar, and a black tie or cravat. He has dark hair and a short beard following his jawline.
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil
Abraham Lincoln
Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865)
Acquisition
Accession Number
2019.9
Source or Donor
Bradish, Robert
Acquisition Method
Gift
Credit Line
Gift of Robert and Dona Bradish
Made or Created
1865
19th Century
Vermont
Ammi B. Young
Interpretative Labels
Ammi B. Young, 1846 C. Rogers Montpelier, Vermont Oil on canvas Gift of Mrs. Margaret Ross Ferguson, 1971.53.1 Ammi Young (1800-1874) was the architect for the second Vermont State House. He went on to a successful career as an architect for the federal government during the 19th century. Among his other recognizable buildings are the Customs House in Boston and the Treasury Building in Washington, DC.
Name/Title
Ammi B. Young
Entry/Object ID
1971.53.1
Description
Portrait showing a man sitting in profile, holding a small painting. The man has curly, dark hair, and is wearing tan trousers, a white jacket, a white vest, and a black shirt. He holds a small painting on the arm of his red Windsor arm chair, but the painting is facing away from the viewer, showing the stretcher and the artist's signature on the back of the canvase ("C. Rogers Aug. 1846"). the stretcher itself is labeled with "No. 232 Young." His other arm is draped casually on the arm of the chair, and his legs are crossed at the knee.
Artwork Details
Oil
Young, Ammi Burnham (1798-1874)
Context
Painted by C. Rogers in Montpelier in 1846, and shows Ammi B. Young, the architect of the State House.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1971.53
Source or Donor
Bell, Marian
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Artist
Rogers, C.
Aug 1846
Montpelier
Dimensions
Relationships
Vermont State House
Web Bookmarks, Links and URLs
Anna Gray Child
Interpretative Labels
Anna Gray Child, 1856 James Hope (1818-1892) Castleton, VT Oil on Canvas Gift of Stephen C. Millett, jr., #A-114 Castleton Resident Alonzo Child commissioned James Hope to paint his parents and in-laws in 1856. His mother-in-law, Mary Wallis Goodrich, can be found in the Freedom and Unity Exhibit. James Hope immigrated to Canada from Scotland with his father at a young age. At the age of 15, upon the death of his father, he walked to Vermont to start a new life. In addition to mechanical work, he studied painting at Castleton Seminary and set up a studio to produce portraits. After his Civil War service he increasingly produced landscapes, for which he is best known today.
Name/Title
Anna Gray Child
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-114
Description
Oval portrait showing an elderly woman in a white bonnet and black clothing. She is wearing gold-framed, rectangular glasses. The bonnets is tied in a small bow beneath her chine. Her clothing is quite loosely draped and may be either a dressing gown or a shawl.
Artwork Details
Oil
Child, Anna Gray (1776-1861)
Made or Created
Artist
Hope, James (1818-1892)
1856
Dimensions
Caroline and James Stevens
Interpretative Labels
James and Caroline Stevens, c. 1840 Horace Bundy (1814-1883) Craftsbury, VT Oil on canvas Gift of Elizabeth C. Waldo, #A-621 James Stevens (1816-1870) was cabinet maker in Craftsbury, Vermont. His account book, in the collection of VHS, indicates that he made frames for Horace Bundy. It's very probable that Stevens made this frame. Born in Hardwick, Vermont, Horace Bundy traveled throughout New England painting portraits until he was called to the ministry in the 1850s. His paintings are always signed in big, flowery letters on the back on the canvas.
Name/Title
Caroline and James Stevens
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-621
Description
Diptych portraits showing a woman (left) and man (right), both wearing black and looking toward the viewer. The woman is wearing a black dress with an off-the-shoulder neckline and low-set sleeves. Her bodice is pleated into a v-shape with high point at the neckline. She is also wearing a transparent shawl or stole. Her dark hair is parted in the center and held in a high bun. The man is shown wearing a black, three piece suit, a white suit with a high collar, and black cravat. His brown hair is parted on the side and swept across. His left hand rests on the back of a wooden chair.

The lustrous, burl wood frame is carved into an ogee shape with a flat divider between the two paintings.
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil
Stevens, James Wellington (1815-1870), Stevens, Caroline Dustin (1817-1881)
Acquisition
Accession Number
1991.61
Source or Donor
Waldo, Elizabeth C.
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Artist
Bundy, Horace (1814-1883)
Role
Painter
1840
Dimensions
Relationships
Stevens, James Wellington (1815-1870)
Craftsbury
Civil War Officer
Interpretative Labels
Civil War Officer, 1902 Thomas Waterman Wood (1823-1903) Montpelier, VT Oil on canvas Gift of J. Brooks Buxton, #A-944
Name/Title
Civil War Officer
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-944
Description
Portrait showing a naval officer wearing a double-breasted uniform coat. The coat has a standing collar decorated in light blue edged with gold. He is wearing gold, braided epaulets. Addition gold braid decorates his sleeves. He is wearing white gloves and holding a sword in both of his hands. The piece is prominently signed in lower left in red: "T. W. Wood."
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil
Military officer
Acquisition
Accession Number
2011.13
Source or Donor
Buxton, J. Brooks
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Artist
Wood, Thomas Waterman (1823-1903)
1902
Montpelier
Dimensions
Overall (unframed)
Clark Day
Interpretative Labels
Clark Day, c. 1820 Attributed to Zedekiah Belknap (1781-1858) Barre, VT Oil on wood panel Barre History Collection, #A-1060 Born February 5, 1811 in Barre, Vermont, Clark Day was the son of Ira and Martha Clark Day. His father, one of Barre's early residents, was a lawyer, prominent merchant, and businessman running the local tavern and helping to establish a coach line between Boston and Montreal. Although he trained to be a storekeeper, ill health forced him to take up farming. Artis Zedekiah Belknap was a prolific itinerant artist who worked primarily in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, but made a number of trips to Vermont.
Name/Title
Clark Day
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-1060
Description
Portrait showing a young boy dressed in a black suit with a white pleated collar and red vest. His hair is cut into a mullet, and he is holding a thin book in front of himself.
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil
Day, Clark (1811-1886)
Acquisition
Accession Number
2014.60
Source or Donor
Barre Historical Society, Inc.
Acquisition Method
Transfer
Made or Created
Artist
Belknap, Zedekiah
Attribution
Attributed to
1820
Barre City
Dimensions
Dr. Edward Lamb
Interpretative Labels
Dr. Edward Lamb, 1895 Thomas Waterman Wood (1823-1903) Montpelier, VT Oil on canvas Gift of Frederick J. Prentiss, #A-121 Born in Charlton, MA in 1771, Dr. Edward Lamb served Montpelier from his arrival in 1796 until his death in 1845. Frederick Prentiss commissioned this portrait for the Vermont Historical Society well after Lamb's death. Thomas W. Wood is arguably Montpelier's most famous artist. The son of a cabinet maker, he was largely self-taught, yet rose to the highest ranks of genre painters in the United States.
Name/Title
Dr. Edward Lamb
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-121
Description
Portrait showing a man in the process of taking snuff. The man is wearing a black suit, a white suit with a high collar, and a white bow tie. He has a can under his left arm with a wood shaft and a white knob. He is holding a metal case and preparing to pinch material from the case. He has long sideburns and appears to wearing an expression of annoyance.
Artwork Details
Oil
Lamb, Edward (1770-1845)
Made or Created
Artist
Wood, Thomas Waterman (1823-1903)
1895
Montpelier
Dimensions
Dr. Julius Yemans Dewey
Interpretative Labels
Dr. Julius Yemans Dewey Unknown Montpelier, VT Oil on canvas Gift of Emily Shipman Howland Gay, #A-576 Dr. Julius Dewey (1801-1877) practiced medicine in Montpelier, Vermont until the 1840s when he founded the National Life insurance company. What started out as a one-man operation soon turned into a major, national corporation still in operation today. His son, Admiral George Dewey, went on to fame in the Spanish American War. Susan Dewey was Dr. Dewey's third wife.
Name/Title
Dr. Julius Yemans Dewey
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-577
Description
Oval portrait showing a man wearing a black three-piece suit, a white, pleated-front shirt with a high collar, and black bow tie. His grey hair is swept back and he has long, white sideburns. His right hand rests on the handle of a cane.
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil
Portrait
Dewey, Julius Yemans (1801-1877)
Acquisition
Accession Number
1989.23
Source or Donor
Gay, Emily Shipman Howland Mansfield (1907-1996)
Acquisition Method
Gift
Credit Line
Susan Howland estate
Made or Created
1860
Montpelier
Dimensions
Relationships
Griggs, Susan Elizabeth (1816-1886)
Edward Kinsman
Interpretative Labels
Edward Kinsman, c. 1836 Uknown Artist Barre, VT Oil on canvas Barre History Collection, #A-1163 Newell Kinsman (1795-1858) moved to Barre as a young lawyer and quickly established the leading law firm in town. This remarkable family group illustrates the talent of itinerant portrait painters of the day. Included in the group are his wife Leonora Lamb Kinsman (1810-1856) and their three children, George (b. 1829), Edward (b. 1831), and Ellen (b. 1833).
Name/Title
Edward Kinsman
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-1163
Description
Portrait showing a young boy in a three-piece suit consisting of a black jacket and pants and white vest. He's wearing a white shirt with a wide fall collar and black bow tie. He is holding a red book.
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil
Kinsman, Edward
Acquisition
Accession Number
2014.60
Source or Donor
Barre Historical Society, Inc.
Acquisition Method
Transfer
Made or Created
1836
Barre City
Ella Luthera Dewey Pitkin
Interpretative Labels
Ella Luthera Dewey Pitkin, 1883 Thomas Waterman Wood (1823-1903) Montpelier, VT Oil on canvas Gift of J. Brooks Buxton, #A-945 Ella Luthera Dewey Pitkin (1850-1879) was the second daughter of Charles and Betsy Tarbox Dewey and granddaughter of Julius Dewey. She married Carrol Pitkin in 1873 but died young in 1879. This portrait is one of two commissioned by the family from Thomas Waterman Wood after her death. Thomas W. Wood is arguably Montpelier's most famous artist. The son of a cabinet maker, he was largely self-taught, yet rose to the highest ranks of genre painters in the united states.
Name/Title
Ella Luthera Dewey Pitkin
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-945
Description
Portrait showing a young woman wearing a white lace dress embellished with a bouquet of brightly-colored flowers. The dress has a high, ruffled lace collar with a rose bud and stem pinned at the center. The translucent sleeves are gathered into poofs. A posy of pink and white flowers with green foliage is pinned to her chest at center. She is holding a lace shawl. Her hair is swept back from her face and held in a simple style.
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil
Pitkin, Ella Luthera Dewey (1850-1879)
Acquisition
Accession Number
2011.13
Source or Donor
Buxton, J. Brooks
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Artist
Wood, Thomas Waterman (1823-1903)
1883
Montpelier
Dimensions
Ellen Kinsman
Interpretative Labels
Ellen Kinsman, c. 1836 Unknown Artist Barre, VT Barre History Collection, #A-1164 Newell Kinsman (1795-1858) moved to Barre as a young lawyer and quickly established the leading law firm in town. This remarkable family group illustrates the talent of itinerant portrait painters of the day. Included in the group are his wife Leonora Lamb Kinsman (1810-1856) and their three children, George (b. 1829), Edward (b. 1831), and Ellen (b. 1833).
Name/Title
Ellen Kinsman
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-1164
Description
Portrait showing a young girl wearing a blue dress. The dress has an off-the-shoulder neckline edged in narrow lace, with low set sleeves gathered into three sections. The bodice pleats into a v-shape at the waist. She is holding a red book.
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil
Kinsman, Ellen
Acquisition
Accession Number
2014.60
Source or Donor
Barre Historical Society, Inc.
Acquisition Method
Transfer
Made or Created
1836
Barre City
Emery L. Smith
Interpretative Labels
Emery L. Smith, c. 1895 James Franklin Gilman (1842-1929) Barre, VT Oil on canvas Barre History Collection, #A-1082 Emery L. Smith (1842-1929) helped found the granite industry in Barre and served as the newly incorporated city's first mayor in 1895.
Name/Title
Emery L. Smith
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-1082
Description
Impressionistic portrait showing a man in a brown and green suit jacket, a black vest, black tie, and white shirt with a fall collar. The man has a slightly receding hairline cut close to the head and large mustache that curls low below his mouth. The background is a gradient of brown, from light to dark. The painting is in a wide, gilded frame with molded acanthus and oak leaves. At the bottom center of the frame is a small plaque with the inscription, "EMERY L. SMITH/1895-1896".
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil
Smith, Emery L. (1842-1929)
Acquisition
Accession Number
2014.60
Source or Donor
Barre Historical Society, Inc.
Acquisition Method
Transfer
Made or Created
Artist
Gilman, James Franklin (1850-1929)
Role
Painter
1895
Barre City
Dimensions
Overall
Relationships
Barre City
Web Bookmarks, Links and URLs
George Lamb Kinsman
Interpretative Labels
George Lamb Kinsman, c. 1836 Unknown Artist Barre, VT Oil on canvas Barre History Collection, #A-1162 Newell Kinsman (1795-1858) moved to Barre as a young lawyer and quickly established the leading law firm in town. This remarkable family group illustrates the talent of itinerant portrait painters of the day. Included in the group are his wife Leonora Lamb Kinsman (1810-1856) and their three children, George (b. 1829), Edward (b. 1831), and Ellen (b. 1833).
Name/Title
George Lamb Kinsman
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-1162
Description
Portrait showing a young boy in a three-piece suit consisting of a black jacket and pants and white vest. He's wearing a white shirt with a wide fall collar and black bow tie. He is holding a red book.
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil
Kinsman, George Lamb
Acquisition
Accession Number
2014.60
Source or Donor
Barre Historical Society, Inc.
Acquisition Method
Transfer
Made or Created
1836
Barre City
Henry Stevens
Interpretative Labels
Henry Stevens, 1834 Unknown Artist Barnet, VT Oil on canvas GIft of Mrs. Benjamin Franklin Stevens, #A-149 Henry Stevens (1791-1867), of Barnet, Vermont, was somewhat of a Renaissance man. He farmed, ran an inn, kept the toll road, served his town in the legislature, and had a reputation as Vermont's greatest antiquarian. Along with three other gentlemen, he founded the Vermont Historical Society through an act of the legislature in 1838. He served for 18 years as its president.
Name/Title
Henry Stevens
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-149
Description
Portait of a man wearing a black suit jacket, white shirt with a high fall collar, and a black cravat or tie. He has long sideburns and wispy hair on his forehead. His left arm is draped casually on the back of an inlaid wooden side chair, and his is holding a newspaper with the date 1834.
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil
Stevens, Henry (1791-1867)
Acquisition
Accession Number
1903.4
Source or Donor
Stevens, Charlotte
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
1834
Barnet
Dimensions
Honorable William Jarvis
Interpretative Labels
Honorable William Jarvis, c. 1850 Unknown Artist Weathersfield, VT Oil on canvas Gift of Mrs. Leavitt Jarvis Hunt, #A-120 William Jarvis of Weathersfield, Vermont, served as the consul to Lisbon and Charge d'Affairs to Portugal under Presidents Jefferson and Madison. His time on the Iberian peninsula introduced him to the prized Merino sheep. Upon his return to Vermont, he became the largest importer of Merino sheep to the United States. The resulting sheep craze transformed Vermont's landscape and economy for decades to come.
Name/Title
Honorable William Jarvis
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-120
Description
Portrait showing an older man with a jovial expression, looking directly at the viewer. He is seated in profile and wearing a black suit, white shirt with a high collar, and a white cravat. He has a receding hairline, but shoulder-length gray hair in the back. He is seated in a red armchair. His left hand is clenched, but his right hand remains loose on the arm of the chair.
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil
Jarvis, William (1770–1859)
Acquisition
Accession Number
1961.53
Source or Donor
Hunt, Virginia Sowers (1875-1963)
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
1850
Weathersfield
Dimensions
Web Bookmarks, Links and URLs
John F. Lincoln
Interpretative Labels
John F. Lincoln, c.1860 Unknown Artist Pittsford, VT Oil on canvas #A-117
Name/Title
John F. Lincoln
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-117
Description
Oval portrait showing a man wearing a black suit jacket and vest, a white shirt with a high collar, and a black tie. He has light brown hair and a small beard beneath rosy cheeks. He is sitting in a red chair.
Artwork Details
Oil
Lincoln, John Fenton (1828-1889)
Made or Created
1860
Ohio
Dimensions
Kent Family at Kent's Corner
Interpretative Labels
Kent Family at Kent's Corner, 1882 James Franklin Gilman (1842-1929) Calais, VT Charcoal on paper Gift of J. Brooks Buxton, #A-788 This drawing depicts the area of Calais known as Kent's Corners due to the large number of Kent families that lived there. The building known as Kent Tavern once belonged to Vermont Historical Society and is now a Vermont State Historic Site. The people pictured are all descendants of patriarch Abdiel Kent. James Gilman was a prolific landscape painter throughout Washington County in the late-19th century.
Name/Title
Kent Family at Kent's Corner
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-788
Description
Charcoal landscape drawing showing a family of six lounging on the bank of a river. Three additional people walk along the opposite bank, and a small town centered along a road can be seen beyond them. The buildings consist primarily of white structures with the notable exception of a stately brick house at the center. The landscape consists or rolling hills, partitioned with fences and sparsely dotted with trees.
Artwork Details
Charcoal
Kent family
Kent's Corner
Acquisition
Accession Number
2007.13
Source or Donor
Buxton, J. Brooks
Lisman, Bruce M. (b.1947)
Pizzagalli, James C.
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Artist
Gilman, James Franklin (1850-1929)
Role
Painter
1882
Kent's Corner
Dimensions
Overall (framed)
Relationships
Kent, Dorman B.E. (1875-1951)
Calais
Leonora Lamb Kinsman
Interpretative Labels
Leonora Lamb Kinsman, c. 1836 Unknown Artist Barre, VT Oil on canvas Barre History Collection, #A-1161 Newell Kinsman (1795-1858) moved to Barre as a young lawyer and quickly established the leading law firm in town. This remarkable family group illustrates the talent of itinerant portrait painters of the day. Included in the group are his wife Leonora Lamb Kinsman (1810-1856) and their three children, George (b. 1829), Edward (b. 1831), and Ellen (b. 1833).
Name/Title
Leonora Lamb Kinsman
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-1161
Description
Portrait showing a woman in a black dress. The dress has an off-the-shoulder neckline with several pleats across the breast and low-set, full sleeves. She is draped across the shoulders with a translucent shawl. Her dark hair is parted in the center and looped in braids around her ears.
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil
Kinsman, Leonora (1810-1856)
Acquisition
Accession Number
2014.60
Source or Donor
Barre Historical Society, Inc.
Acquisition Method
Transfer
Made or Created
1836
Barre City
Lydia Powers Paddock
Interpretative Labels
Lydia Powers Paddock, c. 1790 Attributed to Winthrop Chandler (1747-1790) Worcester, MA Oil on canvas Barre History Collection, #A-1071 Lydia Powers, aunt of famed Vermont sculptor Hiram Powers, married Dr. Robert Paddock of Woodstock and, in 1814, moved to Barre. Unlike other portrait artists of the day, Winthrop Chandler did not travel. Instead, subjects came to his home in either Massachusetts or Connecticut.
Name/Title
Lydia Powers Paddock
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-1071
Description
Portrait showing a woman wearing a black, apron-front dress with a translucent, white collar and cap. The cap is ruffled around her face and along the top of her head, and is both decorated and held beneath her chin with green striped ribbon. The collar pins the front of the gown below the neckline, showing an additional white layer worn underneath the main gown. She is holding a small, round tin on a white handkerchief or apron, and is wearing a ring with a heart-shaped head. She is sitting in a yellow Windsor chair.
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil
Paddock, Lydia Powers (1772-1815)
Acquisition
Accession Number
2014.60
Source or Donor
Barre Historical Society, Inc.
Acquisition Method
Transfer
Made or Created
Artist
Chandler, Winthrop
Attribution
Attributed to
1790
Worcester
Dimensions
Relationships
Woodstock, Barre City
Margaret Fay Brown
Interpretative Labels
Margaret Fay Brown, c. 1857 Unknown Artist Bennington, VT Oil on canvas Gift of Margaret Fay Shaw Campbell, #A-598 Margaret Hyde Fay Brown (1833-1922) came from the prominent Fay family of Bennington. Her grandfather, Stephen Fay, owned what we now call the Catamount Tavern during the American Revolution.
Name/Title
Margaret Fay Brown
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-598
Description
Portrait showing a dark-haired woman in seated pose. She is wearing a dark gown with a low center-front split and a white blouse or shawl under the outer robe. Her hair is parted down the center and is held in ringlets at the nape of her neck.
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil
Brown, Margaret Hyde Fay (1833-1922)
Acquisition
Accession Number
1990.20
Source or Donor
Campbell, Margaret Fay Shaw
Acquisition Method
Gift
Made or Created
Artist
Lawman, Jasper Holman
Attribution
Possibly
1855-1857
Bennington
Dimensions
Overall
Mary Ann Williams
Interpretative Labels
Mary Ann Williams, c. 1845 Benjamin Franklin Mason (1804-1871) Woodstock, VT Oil on canvas #A-761 Norman and Mary Ann Williams were prominent citizens of Woodstock. He held numerous town, county, and state offices, including a seat on the commission that oversaw the design of the third Vermont State House. Their son, Dr. Edward Williams, built the town library on the site of their home in 1884 and named it after Norman. Benjamin Mason traveled throughout the northern tier of the United States producing portraits of many prominent citizens. He's known to have visited Woodstock a number of times.
Name/Title
Mary Ann Williams
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-762
Description
Portrait showing a woman wearing a black dress with a pleated, white lace collar. Around her neck she is wearing a translucent, blue scarf pinned at center front with an oval mourning brooch. The brooch is a black oval with a central portion containing hair held in a woven design. She is wrapped in a paisley shawl and sitting on a red upholstered chair. Her hair is parted in the center and falls in ringlets on either side.
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil
Williams, Mary Ann Wentworth Brown (1795-1879)
Acquisition
Accession Number
2006.6
Source or Donor
Garsh, Lee
Garsh, Brenda
Acquisition Method
Purchase
Credit Line
Made or Created
Artist
Mason, Benjamin Franklin (1804-1871)
1840-1850
Woodstock
Dimensions
Overall (framed)
Montpelier from Col. Jewett's Hill
Interpretative Labels
Montpelier from Col. Jewett's Hill, 1891 James Franklin Gilman (1842-1929) Montpelier, VT Oil on canvas Gift of Louise Andrews Kent, 1974.39.1 This view of Montpelier from what is now Terrace Street provides a great picture of Montpelier at the cusp of the 20th century. Notice the red painted dome of the State House and the prominent Montpelier Seminary in the background. James Gilman was a prolific landscape painter throughout Washington County in the late 19th century. A number of his works can be found elsewhere in this gallery.
Name/Title
Montpelier from Col. Jewett's Hill
Entry/Object ID
1974.39.1
Description
Painting showing a distant view of a city situated in a valley between multiple mountains. There is a white house on the left edge of the painting along a road lined with mature trees and leading into the city in the distance. The dome of the capital rises in the middle distance, and the rectangular form of the seminary is prominently visible in the distance. Several other domestic and business structures line the roads. The mountains and hills surrounding the city alternate between forest and fields, and the sky is filled with clouds.
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil
Montpelier as seen from Terrace Street
Montpelier
Context
Painted by James Franklin Gilman near Montpelier in 1891.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1974.39
Source or Donor
Kent, Louise Andrews (1886-1969)
Made or Created
Artist
Gilman, James Franklin (1850-1929)
Role
Painter
1891
Montpelier
Dimensions
Newell Kinsman
Interpretative Labels
Newell Kinsman, c. 1836 Unknown Artist Barre, VT Oil on canvas Barre History Collection, #A-1160 Newell Kinsman (1795-1858) moved to Barre as a young lawyer and quickly established the leading law firm in town. This remarkable family group illustrates the talent of itinerant portrait painters of the day. Included in the group are his wife Leonora Lamb Linsman (1810-1856) and their three children, George (b. 1829), Edward (b. 1831), and Ellen (b. 1833)
Name/Title
Newell Kinsman
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-1160
Description
Portrait showing a man wearing a black-three piece suit, a white shirt with a high collar, and a large, black bow tie. He has curly hair and appears to be looking directly at the viewer.
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil
Kinsman, Newell (1795-1858)
Acquisition
Accession Number
2014.60
Source or Donor
Barre Historical Society, Inc.
Acquisition Method
Transfer
Made or Created
1836
Barre City
Norman Williams
Interpretative Labels
Norman Williams, c. 1845 Benjamin Franklin Mason (1804-1871) Woodstock, VT Oil on canvas #A-761 Norman and Mary Ann Williams were prominent citizens of Woodstock. He held numerous town, county, and state offices, including a seat on the commission that oversaw the design of the third Vermont State House. Their son, Dr. Edward Williams, built the town library on the site of their home in 1884 and named it after Norman. Benjamin Mason traveled throughout the northern tier of the United States producing portraits of many prominent citizens. He's known to have visited Woodstock a number of times.
Name/Title
Norman Williams
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-761
Description
Portrait showing a man wearing a black, three-piece suit, a white shirt with a fall collar, and black tie. His hairline has receded significantly, but wisps of hair have been brushed forward to disguise it.

The golden frame is very ornate, with an arched top to the opening and elaborately molded borders.
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil
Williams, Norman (1791-1868)
Acquisition
Accession Number
2006.6
Source or Donor
Garsh, Lee
Garsh, Brenda
Acquisition Method
Purchase
Credit Line
Made or Created
Artist
Mason, Benjamin Franklin (1804-1871)
1840-1850
Woodstock
Dimensions
Overall (framed)
Relationships
Williams, Norman (1791-1868)
North Dorset
Interpretative Labels
North Dorset, late 19th century Unknown Artist Dorset, VT Oil on canvas Gift of Norman Dieter, #A-161 Landscape view of North Dorset, Vermont, in the style of the Hudson River School.
Name/Title
North Dorset
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-161
Description
Painting of a landscape showing a wide valley between several mountains. A town center is at the center of the composition, consisting of several buildings, with roads leading outward from the center, primarily to the left of the composition. The valley is dotted throughout with houses, trees, and fields. The mountains on either side are tree covered with varied lighting from cloud cover.
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil
Dorset
Made or Created
19th Century
Dimensions
Sen. Justin Morrill
Interpretative Labels
Sen. Justin Morrill, 1892 Thomas Waterman Wood (1823-1903) Montpelier, VT Oil on canvas Gift of Thomas Waterman Wood, #A-164 Sen. Justin Morrill served Vermont in the United States House of Representatives from 1855 to 1867 and in the United States Senate from 1867 to 1898. He helped found the Republican party, assisted in drafting the 14th Amendment, and, most famously, wrote the legislation that created the land-grant college system. His home in Strafford is now a Vermont State Historic Site. Thomas W. Wood is arguably Montpelier's most famous artist. The son of a cabinet maker, he was largely self-taught, yet rose to the highest ranks of genre painters in the United States.
Name/Title
Sen. Justin Morrill
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-164
Description
Portrait showing and older man wearing a black three-piece suit, a white shirt with a stand collar, and a black bow tie. He is shown sitting in carved, wooden arm chair holding a newspaper in his right hand and spectacles in his left hand. His grey hair is parted on the side, and he has long sideburns extending toward his mouth in muttonchops. The painting is in an ornate gold frame with carved or molded acanthus leaves.
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil
Morrill, Justin Smith (1810-1898)
Made or Created
Artist
Wood, Thomas Waterman (1823-1903)
1892
Montpelier
Dimensions
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Susan Elizabeth Griggs Dewey
Interpretative Labels
Susan Elizabeth Griggs Dewey Unknown Montpelier, VT Oil on canvas Gift of Emily Shipman Howland Gay, #A-577 Dr. Julius Dewey (1801-1877) practiced medicine in Montpelier, Vermont until the 1840s when he founded the National Life insurance company. What started out as a one-man operation soon turned into a major, national corporation still in operation today. His son, Admiral George Dewey, went on to fame in the Spanish American War. Susan Dewey was Dr. Dewey's third wife.
Name/Title
Susan Elizabeth Griggs Dewey
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-576
Description
Oval portrait of a woman seating wearing a blue gown with a pink central bodice and black, fur shawl. Her dark hair is curled close to her head and held in a chin-length style and she has a small smile. Her dress is embellished with self-fabric ruffles along the center edges. She is draping her right arm on a white marble table and loosely clasping her hands in front of her.
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil on Canvas
Griggs, Susan Elizabeth (1816-1886)
Acquisition
Accession Number
1989.23
Source or Donor
Gay, Emily Shipman Howland Mansfield (1907-1996)
Acquisition Method
Gift
Credit Line
Susan Howland estate
Made or Created
1860
Montpelier
Dimensions
Relationships
Dewey, Julius Yemans (1801-1877)
Vermont Capitol, Montpelier
Interpretative Labels
Vermont Capitol, Montpelier, 1858-1859 J. H. Bufford's Lithographic and Publishing House (1857-1864) Boston, MA Print on paper #A-178 This print was produced to celebrate the opening of the rebuilt Vermont State House in 1859. Drawn before the State House was completed, certain details do not match the finished building, including the entablature and statue.
Name/Title
Vermont Capitol, Montpelier
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-178
Description
Lithograph print showing the Vermont State House behind a wide, tree-lined road with several pedestrians and travelers on horseback or carriage. The building is a neoclassical building with a two-story, five-column colonnade and a tall cupola surmounted by a female figure.
Artwork Details
Paper
Vermont State House
Montpelier
Made or Created
Artist
Bufford, John Henry
J. H. Bufford's Lithographic and Publishing House
1858-1859
Boston
Dimensions
Overall
Vermont State House
Interpretative Labels
First and Second State Houses Modern prints #A-130 Vermont's first State House was a wood-frame structure located roughly where the Supreme Court building now stands. The second State House, finished in 1838, was designed by architect Ammi Young and built of granite. This building burned in 1857. The current State House, completed in 1859, incorporates the portico of the second State House in its design.
Name/Title
Vermont State House
Entry/Object ID
VHS-A-130
Description
Diptych consisting of copies of two prints of different iterations of the Vermont State House. The image on the left shows a three-story rectangular building with a peak roof, culminating in a cupola. The face of the building is framed by two bays extending up all three floor with balconies spanning between them. The image on the right shows the capitol from a slight distance. The building is neoclassical in design, with a two-story portico and squat, white cupola. It sits behind a tree-lined road with several pedestrians.
Artwork Details
First and Second Vermont State Houses
Montpelier
Made or Created
Artist
Kilburne
Dimensions
View at Underhill, Vermont
Interpretative Labels
View at Underhill, Vermont, 1892 Charles L. Heyde (c. 1832-1892) Burlington, VT Oil on canvas Museum Purchase, 1949.24.1 Charles Louis Heyde was one of the most prolific and celebrated Vermont artists of the 19th century. From 1856 until his death, he made Burlington his home, painting numerous scenes of Mount Mansfield, the Winooski River, and the High Bridge. He won a competition sponsored by the Vermont Historical Society in 1862 to redesign the Vermont coat-of-arms. Heyde married Walt Whitman's daughter Hannah, but the marriage was not happy. Alcoholism and dementia soon caused his business and personal life to fall apart. His later works, of which this is one, do not show nearly the quality of his output during his younger years. He died shortly after this painting was produced in the Vermont State Asylum in Waterbury.
Name/Title
View at Underhill, Vermont
Entry/Object ID
1949.24.1
Description
Landscape showing the view from a bank next to river. The river is spanned by a covered bridge at the center of the composition, and flanked by autumn-colored trees. Mount Mansfield is seen in background. There is a house in a clearing on the right side of the river.
Type of Painting
Artwork Details
Oil on Canvas
Underhill
Context
Painted by Charles Louis Heyde in Burlington in 1892.
Acquisition
Accession Number
1949.24
Source or Donor
Foster, L.D.
Acquisition Method
Purchase
Made or Created
Artist
Heyde, Charles Louis (1822-1892)
1892
Burlington
Dimensions
Relationships
Mount Mansfield
Web Bookmarks, Links and URLs

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