Memorial Hall Paintings & Sculptures

Paintings

Click to see a large view of the Hodges brothersEarly photographs and documents reveal that at the time of the dedication of the Great Hall in 1874, the room was decorated with more than fifty-five portrait paintings and that by the end of the century the number had increased to eighty-three and included almost all of Harvard's collection of portraits. By the 1930's, a large number of portraits had left Memorial Hall for new buildings. At the same time, other portraits were being given to the University, often by friends and families of Civil War soldiers, with the stipulation that they hang in Memorial Hall.

The current arrangement consists of paintings and drawings which, without exception, relate to the Civil War period. The eleven paintings and drawings on the south wall depict Civil War soldiers. The most popular pieces include a portrait of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw whose leadership of the first black regiment in the northern states, the 54th Massachusetts volunteers, is depicted in the film Glory and the largest portrait in the collection, depicting the brothers George Foster Hodges and William Townsend Hodges (above). The North Wall reflects the Civil War period through portraiture of benefactors, political leaders and an eminent historian of the era.

South Wall 

Click to see larger view of Edward Barry DaltonFrank Weston Benson
American, 1862-1951
Edward Barry Dalton (1834-1873), 1892
Oil on canvas
A.B. 1855; Surgeon, 36th New York Volunteers
Harvard University Portrait Collection
Loan from Philip S. Dalton

 

 

Click to see larger view of Theodore ParkmanJoseph Alexander Ames, replica
American, 1816-1872
Theodore Parkman (1837-1862)
Oil on canvas
Student in the Department of Chemistry, 1861;
Color Sergeant, 45th Massachusetts Volunteers; died at Whitehall, N.C., 1862
Harvard University Portrait Collection,
Gift of Mary R. Parkman and Mrs. Alice Parkman Carter
sisters of Theodore Parkman, 1897

 

Click to see larger view of  Joseph Hayes Frank Russell Green
American, 1856-1940
Joseph Hayes (1835-1912)
Oil on canvas
A.B. 1855; Major General, U.S. Volunteers
Harvard University Portrait Collection
Gift of Joseph A. Blake, 1914

 

 

Click to see larger view of  Robert Gould Shaw Horace R. Burdick
American, 1844-1942
Robert Gould Shaw (1837-1863), 1895
Oil on canvas
A.B. 1860; Colonel, 54th Massachusetts Infantry (first free black regiment);
died at Fort Wagner, S. C., 1863
Harvard University Portrait Collection
Gift of Mrs. Francis C. Barlow, 1906

 

Click to see a larger view of the Hodges' brothers William Sharp
American, flourished c.1838-1885
George Foster Hodges (1837-1862) and William Townsend Hodges (died 1865), 1866
Oil on canvas
George Hodges: A.B. 1855; A.M.; LL.B. 1860;
Adjutant, 18th Massachusetts Volunteers; died of sickness, 1862
William Hodges: Captain, 3rd Massachusetts Cavalry; died at High Bridge, Va., 1865
Harvard University Portrait Collection
Gift of Anne C. Hodges, 1935

 

 

 

 

Click to see larger view of  Wilder Dwight Eastman Johnson
American, 1824-1906
Wilder Dwight (1833-1862), 1863
Oil on canvas
A.B. 1853; LL.B. 1855; Lieutenant Colonel, 2nd Massachusetts Volunteers;
died at Antietam, 1862
Harvard University Portrait Collection
Gift of the children of Mrs. William Dwight, 1884

 

Click to see larger view of  James Savage, Jr.William Henry Furness
American, 1827-1867
James Savage, Jr. (1832-1862)
Oil on canvas
A.B. 1854; A.M.; Lieutenant-Colonel, 2nd Massachusetts Infantry;
died at Cedar Mountain, 1862
Harvard University Portrait Collection
Bequest of Mrs. William B. Rogers, 1911

 

Click to see larger view of  Henry Sanford Gansevoort Clinton Peters
American, dates unknown
Henry Sanford Gansevoort (1834-1871), 1907
Oil on canvas
A.B. 1855 Princeton; LL.B. 1858; Brigadier General, U.S. Volunteers
Harvard University Portrait Collection
Gift of Mrs. Abraham Lansing, sister of General Gansevoort, 1907

 

Click to see larger view of  Henry Ware Hall S.J.F. Johnston
American
Henry Ware Hall (1839-1864)
Black chalk on brown wove paper
A.B. 1860; Adjutant, 51st Illinois Infantry; died at Kenesaw Mountain, Ga., 1864
Harvard University Portrait Collection
Gift of Miss Mary L. Hall, sister of Lieutenant Hall, 1914

 

Click to see larger view of  Howard Dwight Samuel Worcester Rowse
American, 1822-1901
Howard Dwight (1837-1863)
Black chalk and graphite on tan wove paper
A.B. 1857; Assistant Adjutant General, U.S. Volunteers;
died at Bayou Boeuf, La., 1863
Harvard University Portrait Collection
Gift of the Class of 1857, 1886

 

Click to see larger view of  Thomas Bayley Fox, Jr.Thomas Murphy Johnston American, 1834-1869 Thomas Bayley Fox, Jr. (1839-1863) Black and white chalk on brown wove paper A.B. 1860; Captain, 2nd Massachusetts Infantry; died at Gettysburg, 1863 Harvard University Portrait Collection Gift of the Reverend Charles A. Humphreys, 1914

 

 

Click to see larger view William Frederick Milton (1837-1905)
Oil on canvas
A.B. 1858; First Lieutenant, 20th Massachusetts Infantry
Harvard University Portrait Collection
Gift of Mrs. Cavalier Smith and Mrs. Joseph H. Raymond in accordance with their sister's wish, the late Mrs. William F. Milton, 1926

 


  North Wall

Click to see larger view of Abraham Lincoln Artist unknown
American, 19th century
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)
Oil on canvas
President of the United States, 1860-1865
Harvard University Portrait Collection
Bequest of William Whiting Nolen, 1925
 

 

Click to see larger view of Charles SumnerNahum B. Onthank
American, 1823-1888
Charles Sumner (1811-1874), 1868
Oil on canvas
A.B. 1830; LL.B. 1834; LL.D. 1859 ; U.S. Senator,1851-1874; statesman
Harvard University Portrait Collection
Gift of Arthur Onthank, son of the artist, 1927
 

 

Click to see larger view of John Albion AndrewDarius Cobb, replica
American, 1834-1919
John Albion Andrew (1818-1867), 1894-95
Oil on canvas
A.B. 1837 Bowdoin; LL.D. 1861 (Hon.); Governor of Massachusetts, 1861-1866;
Overseer 1867
Harvard University Portrait Collection
Gift of Darius Cobb, 1898

 

Click to see larger view of Charles Greely LoringWilliam Page
American, 1811-1885
Charles Greely Loring (1794-1867)
Oil on canvas
A.B. 1812; LL.D. 1850; Fellow 1838-1857; lawyer;
first Chairman of the Memorial Hall Committee of Fifty
Harvard University Portrait Collection
Gift of the children of Charles G. Loring, 1877

 

Click to see larger view of George BancroftGustav Richter
German, 1823-1884
George Bancroft (1800-1891)
Oil on canvas
A.B. 1817; LL.D. 1843; Tutor 1822-1823; Overseer 1843-1849; historian;
Secretary of the Navy; Minister to London and Prussia; chosen by Congress to present the eulogy at Lincoln's funeral
Harvard University Portrait Collection
Bequest of George Bancroft, 1891

 

Click to see larger view of Henry Bromfield Rogers Marie Danforth Page, copied in 1902 from an original by Sarah Whitman
American, 1890-1940
Henry Bromfield Rogers (1802-1887), 1881
Oil on canvas
A.B. 1822; A.M.; lawyer and benefactor;
Chairman of the Memorial Hall Building Committee
Harvard University Portrait Collection
Gift of M.A.P. Rogers


East Wall

Click to see larger view of Joseph Bridgham Curtis Artist unknown
Joseph Bridgham Curtis (1836-1862)
Black and white chalk on tan wove paper
B.S. 1856; Lieutenant Colonel, 4th Rhode Island Infantry;
died at Fredericksburg, Va., 1862
Harvard University Portrait Collection
Loan from Bridgham Curtis, 1933 (to be hung Memorial Hall)

 

Click to see larger view E. J. Chasseur
Depot Field Hospital, Army of the Potomac, Near City Point, Virginia
Lithograph on tan wove paper

 

 

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