Paintings, Prints & Drawings

The Peabody Museum cares for a collection of paintings, prints, and drawings comprising over 2000 items. They consist of work by Indigenous artists, representations of Indigenous and non-Indigenous cultures collected or created by anthropologists, and depictions of excavation sites and artifacts by archaeologists. The majority come from the Americas, but significant pieces from Africa, Asia and Australia highlight the Museum’s historical interest and engagement with cultures and societies from across the globe. Formats include watercolors and pencil and pen and ink drawings, as well as pastels, dry points, etchings, engravings, charcoal and crayon sketches, and lithographs.

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Highlights from the Paintings, Prints and Drawings Collections

Reproduction of South African rock painting in Natal, South Africa. E. B. Swift Collection, Gift of Alexander Galloway, by exchange, 50-71-50/9909

The E.B. Swift collection of rock art reproductions linked to the San people from the Drakensberg Mountains in southern Africa (Zimbabwe, South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique, Botswana and Namibia) made by Alexander Galloway

Reproduction of South African rock painting in Natal, South Africa. E. B. Swift Collection, Gift of Alexander Galloway, by exchange, 50-71-50/9909

Copy in color of painting on north wall of the Inner or Painted Chanber of the Temple of the Jaguars. Chichen Itza, by Adela C. Breton 1904-06. Gift of Mary L. Ware and Adela C. Breton, 45-5-20/15061

Works depicting the monumental architecture and art of Mesoamerica by a variety of  scholars and artists such as Frederick Catherwood, Tatiana Proskouriakoff, Joseph Lindon Smith, Antonio Tejeda, Adela Breton, Ann Axtell Morris, and Jean Charlot

Copy in color of painting on north wall of the Inner or Painted Chanber of the Temple of the Jaguars. Chichen Itza, by Adela C. Breton 1904-06. Gift of Mary L. Ware and Adela C. Breton, 45-5-20/15061

Portrait of Artowayon (Paddy Carr), a Creek Interpreter by Henry Inman, 19th century. Gift of the Heirs of E. P. Tileston and Amor Hollingsworth, 82-51-10/28214

Paintings of Native American leaders and chiefs by American portrait painter Henry Inman (1801-1846), which are copies of original portraits painted by Charles Bird King (1785-1862).

Portrait of Artowayon (Paddy Carr), a Creek Interpreter by Henry Inman, 19th century. Gift of the Heirs of E. P. Tileston and Amor Hollingsworth, 82-51-10/28214

Portrait of an Apache man entitled "Ne-goze-de-tah" by Elbridge Ayer Burbank, 19th century. Gift of Frederick A. Delano, 99-23-10/54045

Painted portraits of prominent Native Americans in the 1890s by E. A. Burbank, originally commissioned by his uncle, Edward Everett Ayer, the then president of the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.

Portrait of an Apache man entitled "Ne-goze-de-tah" by Elbridge Ayer Burbank, 19th century. Gift of Frederick A. Delano, 99-23-10/54045

Oil painting entitled "A Moki Belle" by Julian Scott, late 19th century. Gift of the Estate of Mary Hemenway, 94-36-10/84066

Paintings by Julian Scott and Margaret Magill Hodges relating to the Hemenway Southwest Expedition (1886-94), the first major archaeological expedition to the American southwest, focused primarily on Zuni and Hopi sites in Arizona and New Mexico

Oil painting entitled "A Moki Belle" by Julian Scott, late 19th century. Gift of the Estate of Mary Hemenway, 94-36-10/84066

Drawing by Ju/’hoansi boy  with accompanying comments written by Elizabeth Marshall (Thomas), Botswana 1951. 997-11-50/12704

Drawings and paintings made by Ju/’hoan children and adults in southern Africa with art materials provided by the family of filmmaker John Marshall who lived with them for fourteen months in the 1950s.

Drawing by Ju/’hoan boy  with accompanying comments written by Elizabeth Marshall (Thomas), Botswana 1951. Gift of Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, 997-11-50/12704 

Painting- entitled "A Zuni Corn Dance" by Hopi artist Fred Kabotie, 1920s. Gift of the Fogg Art Museum, 64-19-10/42483

Twentieth-century works by Native Americans, including Quah-Ah, Fred Kabotie, Ma Pe Wi, J.D. Roybal, Jesse Cornplanter, and Raymond Poseyesva, as well as an extensive series of Inuit prints from the earliest years of the print cooperatives

Painting- entitled "A Zuni Corn Dance" by Hopi artist Fred Kabotie, 1920s. Gift of the Fogg Art Museum, 64-19-10/42483

Pencil sketch labeled "Woman & Child. Forks Klamath & Trinity, October 6, 1851" by George Gibbs IV. Gift of the Estate of Belle J. Bushnell, 41-72-10/269

The David I. Bushnell, Jr. collection of American Art comprises about half of the Peabody's collection and includes works by George Catlin, Charles Bird King, George Gibbs, Edward Kern, and William Henry Holmes, as well as oils, watercolors, and pencil sketches by Seth Eastman and drawings by Henry Elliot depicting mid-nineteenth-century America

Pencil sketch labeled "Woman & Child. Forks Klamath & Trinity, October 6, 1851" by George Gibbs IV. Gift of the Estate of Belle J. Bushnell, 41-72-10/269

Framed painting entitled "A Yogi" by Andre Cheronnet Champollion, 1904-09. Gift of Mrs. Adelaide Bramwell, 31-53-60/D3903

Select paintings by Harvard scholar and painter Andre Chéronnet Champollion from the early 1900s which accompany the collection of his sketch books, notebooks and photographs pertaining to his world travels and artistic inspirations, notably in India

Framed painting entitled "A Yogi" by Andre Cheronnet Champollion, 1904-09. Gift of Mrs. Adelaide Bramwell, 31-53-60/D3903

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