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121. The Sherman House in Lancaster, Ohio is the birthplace of the famous Civil War General, William Tecumseh Sherman and his brother, John. Today the house is owned by a private non-profit group, the Fairfield Heritage Association. The Sherman House is on the Civil War Discovery Trail which links more than 300 sites in 16 states. In 2005, the organization sent in a wonderful portrait of the General. Its image and treatment can be viewed in the 2005 Inventory on Page 16. This portrait of John Sherman (1823-1900), is also owned by the Sherman House. Sherman was a true statesman and held positions in the House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, and as Secretary of the Treasury before returning the the Senate. His last public office was as Secretary of State under William McKinley.

"Portrait of John Sherman" Signed illegible, 1895
H. 30" X W. 25" Before Treatment
           

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C. A. Gray "Portrait of Lydia Huntley Sigourney"
H. 22" X W. 18" Before Treatment
122. The Keokuk County Historical Society, Sigourney, Iowa was named after Chief Keokuk who negotiated a land treaty with the U.S. Government in 1842. The Society is housed today in a former church, built in 1887. This portrait is a key piece in the collection for it depicts Lydia Huntley Sigourney (1791-1865), the city's namesake. Sigourney was one of the first American women to succeed at a literary career. A teacher, born in Norwich, Connecticut, Lydia Huntley moved to Hartford to open a school. With her marriage to Charles Sigourney, in 1819, came financial stability allowing her to give up teaching and devote herself full time to writing and publishing. After the success of Letters to Young Ladies (1833), her popularity was so great that rival publishers competed for her work. Lydia went abroad in 1840 where she was received by Wordsworth and was presented at the court of Louis Philippe. Between 1840 and 1850, she published fourteen collections of her poetry. Her celebrity reached its height with the 1849 publication of her Illustrated Poems. She continued to write almost a volume a year until her death. The portrait was painted by Charles albert Gray (1857-1933).
           

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123. John Purdue (1802-1976) was a famous industrialist and financial leader based in Lafayette, Indiana. He was the primary original benefactor of Purdue University. Purdue donated $150,000 to the Board of Trustees creating the University with six instructors and 39 students with the intentions of providing education in agriculture and the mechanic arts. He died on September 12, 1876, coincidentally on the first day of classes at the university he helped found. It is only fitting that this rare portrait of John Purdue belongs to the Purdue University Galleries and hangs in the President's office. The right image is by Jess Hobby (1871-1938). Hobby was an American Impressionist well known for outdoor landscapes and theatre backdrops.
           

Anonymous "Portriat of John Purdue" ca. 1870
H. 30" X W. 25" Before Treatment

Jess Hobby "Summer Landscape" Undated
H. 32" X W. 36" Before Treatment
           

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124. Perhaps the most famous work of Andrea del Sarto is the altarpiece painted for the nuns of San Francesco dei Macci, known as the Madonna of the Harpies. The work is dated 1517, and shows St John the Evangelist and St. Francis on either side of the Madonna and Child on a high polygonal pedestal. The latter is decorated at the corners with monster-like figures (the so-called Harpies).

The presentation of the Virgin, full-figure on that enigmatic pedestal with the images of the "harpies," have led to a lot of thought and attempted explanations on the part of critics. The most recent interpretation is that it is a depiction, based on the text of the Book of Revelations, of the Virgin triumphant over evil, symbolized by the monstrous figures, the "harpies."

The Madonna of the Harpies is truly a milestone in the career of Andrea del Sarto. Its greatness motivated a Sister at Dominican University, River Forest, Illinois to paint a re-creation of the original to be used for anagogical thought and purpose.

After Andrea del Sarto "Madonna of the Harpies"
H. 83" X W. 70" Before Treatment
           

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Juan de Juanes "Dormition of the Virgin"
H. 39" X 26
1/2" After Treatment

125. At a moment when Valencia was becoming a channel through which Renaissance ideals entered Spain, Juan de Juanes (1523-1579) and his father were the city's most significant artists. Born Juan Maçip, Juanes trained and collaborated with his father on some of Valencia's most important commissions from 1530 until his father's death in 1550. Despite being strongly influenced by his father, Juanes developed his own distinctive style. He painted mostly religious subjects, along with mythological works and portraits.

A critical moment of Juanes's development occurred when he went to Rome in 1560. Raphael seems to have exerted a most profound influence. Juanes remained true to his own convictions, but his subsequent paintings displayed an Italian influence. He learned to create drama through facial expression and sensitive compositions. This dramatic and touching scene is owned by the Figge Art Museum, Davenport, Iowa.

           
           


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