american art at the smithsonian in d.c.

Mike and I went into D.C. in late October to visit the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM).  Since none of us can visit museums during our time of isolation and social distancing, I thought I’d give you a little tour of the American art in the museum.


Penelope (1910) by Gari Melchers


A Friendly Call (1895) by William Merritt Chase


South Room – Green Street (1920) by Daniel Garber


Nonchaloir (Repose) (1911) by John Singer Sargent


Midsummer Twilight (1885/1887) by Willard Leroy Metcalf


School Time (1874) by Winslow Homer


Wapping on Thames (1860/1864) by James McNeill Whistler


Autumn (1877) by Winslow Homer


Breezing Up (A Fair Wind) by Winslow Homer


Battersea Reach (1863) by James McNeill Whistler


Buffalo Trail: The Impending Storm (1869) by Albert Bierstadt


Green River Cliffs, Wyoming (1881) by Thomas Moran

Shortly after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, the first African American regiment in the North – the Massachusetts 54th Regiment – was formed under the command of Robert Gould Shaw. On July 18, 1863, just days after the Confederate defeat at Gettysburg, the 54th Regiment led an assault on Fort Wagner near Charleston, South Carolina. The regiment suffered catastrophic losses, including the death of Shaw, and was forced to withdraw.


Abraham Lincoln (1860) by George Peter and Alexander Healy

Even though there were many calls for a monument honoring the Massachusetts 54th Regiment over the decades, it wasn’t until 1897 that a magnificent bronze memorial by Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907) was installed on Boston Common. On the dedication day of May 31, surviving members of the Regiment marched in the celebratory parade.


Shaw Memorial (1897) by Augustus Saint-Gaudens


Maryland Heights: Siege of Harpers Ferry (1863) by William MacLeod




The Spirit of War (1851) by Jasper Francis Cropsey


The Departure (1837) by Thomas Cole


The Jolly Flatboatmen (1846) by George Caleb Bingham



*October 19, 2019*


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I wanted to share photos of American painters we found last fall at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM).  I believe these paintings are part of the museum’s permanent collection.

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