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The Morgan Library & Museum: Henry James and American Painting

Novelist Henry James was an art lover - he incorporated stories about artists in his novels and he counted artists John Singer Sargent, Elizabeth Boott, John La Farge, and others among his friends. The Morgan Library and Museum has created this online exhibit to accompany its recent gallery exhibit Henry James and the American Painting, which ran from June 9- September 10, 2017. In this online exhibit, visitors can explore a number of items featured in this exhibit, accompanied by audio commentary by the novelist Colm Toibin (who co-curated the exhibit). These items include John Singer Sargent's 1913 portrait of James; Hendrick Christian Andersen's 1899 statue Count Alberto Bevilacqua (which James purchased from the artist); and an 1862 portrait of James by John La Farge; among other works of art. The collection also contains correspondence from James to both Andersen and La Farge. Collectively, this exhibit "elucidates the connections between one of the supreme novelists of his age and the artists and works of art that nourished and inspired his fiction."
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