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    Frank Benson, Portrait of My Daughters

    The collections at the Worcester Art Museum span the history of American art from 1670 to the end of the twentieth century, with special strengths in colonial painting and American Impressionism. By virtue of the Museum's location in central New England and the scholarly interests of the first curators of the collection, Worcester's early American paintings include many renowned works. The Museum's holdings of American Impressionism were built largely by purchases made from the annual exhibitions of contemporary American painting held in the first two decades of the century. The Museum is also recognized for its collections of American watercolors and watercolor miniatures on ivory.

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    John Freake Mrs. Elizabeth Freake and Baby Mary Thomas Smith Self Portrait

    Anonymous Artist
    John Freake, about 1671-74

    Anonymous Artist
    Mrs. Elizabeth Freake and Baby Mary, about 1671-74

    Thomas Smith
    Self-Portrait, about 1680

    John Singleton Copley, John Bours High Chest of Drawers Paul Revere, Paine Service

    John Singleton Copley
    John Bours, about 1765-70

    High Chest of Drawers, 1760-80

    Paul Revere II
    Paine Service, 1773

    Benjamin West, Pharaoh and His Host Lost in the Red Sea Charles Willson Peale, Charles Pettit Edward Savage

    Benjamin West
    Pharaoh and His Host Lost in the Red Sea, 1792

    Charles Willson Peale
    Charles Pettit, 1792

    Edward Savage
    Liberty in the Form of the Goddess of Youth: Giving Support to the Bald Eagle, 1796

    Ralph Earl, Looking East from Denny Hill Anna Sanders Gilbert Stuart, Mrs. Perez Morton

    Ralph Earl
    Looking East from Denny Hill, 1800

    Anna Sanders
    Sampler, 1801

    Gilbert Stuart
    Mrs. Perez Morton, about 1802

    Thomas Jefferson John Vanderlyn James Peale, Still Life

    Charles-Balthazar- Julien Févret De Saint-Mémin
    Thomas Jefferson, 1804

    John Vanderlyn
    Sampson Vryling Stoddard Wilder, about 1808-12

    James Peale
    Still Life, 1825

    Rembrandt Peale Samuel F. B. Morse Edward Hicks, The Peaceable Kingdom

    Rembrandt Peale
    George Washington, 1827

    Samuel F. B. Morse
    The Chapel of the Virgin at Subiaco, 1830

    Edward Hicks
    The Peaceable Kingdom, about 1833

    Thomas Cole Eliza Goodridge Thomas Crawford

    Thomas Cole
    View on the Arno, near Florence, 1837

    Eliza Goodridge
    Stephen Salisbury III, 1838

    Thomas Crawford
    Boy Playing Marbles, 1853

    Salisbury House, Worcester, Massachusetts James Abbott McNeill Whistler Matthew B. Brady

    Salisbury House, Worcester, Massachusetts, about 1857

    James Abbott McNeill Whistler
    Sketch for Rose and Silver: La Princesse du Pays de la Porcelaine, 1863-64

    Matthew B. Brady
    General Robert E. Lee and Staff, 1865

    Albert Bierstadt George Inness Winslow Homer

    Albert Bierstadt
    Yosemite Falls, about 1865-70

    George Inness
    The Alban Hills, 1873

    Winslow Homer
    Boys and Kitten, 1873

    Winslow Homer John Singer Sargent John Singer Sargent

    Winslow Homer
    The Gale, 1883-93

    John Singer Sargent
    Venetian Water Carriers, 1880-82

    John Singer Sargent
    Muddy Alligators, 1917

    Thomas Eakins Eadweard Muybridge Mary Cassatt

    Thomas Eakins
    Study of the Head of Samuel David Gross, 1875

    Eadweard Muybridge
    Jumping a hurdle; saddle; bay horse Daisy Plate 640 of Animal Locomotion, 1887

    Mary Cassatt
    Reine Lefebvre Holding a Nude Baby, 1902

    John La Farge Maurice Brazil Prendergast Frank Benson

    John La Farge
    Peacock Window, 1892-1908

    Maurice Brazil Prendergast
    Low Tide, Beachmont, about 1902-4

    Frank Benson
    Portrait of My Daughters, 1907

    Alfred Stieglitz Arthur B. Davies Childe Hassam

    Alfred Stieglitz
    The Steerage, 1907

    Arthur B. Davies
    Sleep Lies Perfect in Them, 1908

    Childe Hassam
    The Breakfast Room, Winter Morning, 1911

    Charles Sheeler Charles Sheeler George Bellows

    Charles Sheeler
    Zinnia and Nasturtium Leaves, 1915

    Charles Sheeler
    City Interior, 1936

    George Bellows
    The White Horse, 1922

    Edward Weston

    Edward Weston
    In a Glendale Studio, 1923