For America: Prints of the American Art-Union

January 31-September 28, 2014

Thomas Doney (American, 1814–1879) after George Caleb Bingham (American, 1811–1879), American Art Union (publisher), The Jolly Flat Boat Men, 1847
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Gift of Jerry M. Wright, 1983.199

Between 1839 and 1851, the American Art-Union promoted American art by distributing engravings of the best American paintings of the day to its nationwide membership. These engravings, by the most skilled American engravers, reproduced major paintings by such artists as Thomas Cole, Asher B. Durand, George Caleb Bingham and William Sidney Mount, among others, that were in the possession of the Art-Union and distributed in annual lotteries among its membership.

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Indianapolis Museum of Art 4000 Michigan Rd., Indianapolis, IN