Books for Adults


Barter, Judith A., Kimberly Rhodes, and Seth A. Thayer, with contributions by Andrew Walker. 1998. American Arts at the Art Institute of Chicago. The Art Institute of Chicago.
Craven, Wayne. 1994. American Art: History and Culture. WCB Brown & Benchmark Publishers.
Groseclose, Barbara S. 2000. Nineteenth-Century American Art. Oxford University Press.
Hecksher, Morrison. 1985. American Furniture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Late Colonial Period: Queen Anne and Chippendale. Random House.
Novak, Barbara. 1979. American Painting of the Nineteenth Century: Realism, Idealism, and the American Experience. Harper & Row.
Rebora, Carrie, and Paul Staiti et al. 1995. John Singleton Copley in America. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Taylor, Joshua. 1976. America As Art. Smithsonian Institutions Press.

Movements and Media

Bowman, Leslie. 1990. American Arts and Crafts: Virtue in Design. Bulfinch.
Craven, Wayne. 1984. Sculpture in America. University of Delaware Press.
Kasson, Joy S. 1990. Marble Queens and Captives: Women in Nineteenth-Century American Sculpture. Yale University Press.
Zurier, Rebecca et al. 1995. Metropolitan Lives: The Ashcan Artists and Their New York. National Museum of American Art / W. W. Norton & Company.


Barter, Judith A. 1998. Mary Cassatt: Modern Woman. The Art Institute of Chicago.
Cikovsky, Nicolai. 1992. Winslow Homer. Rizzoli International.
Johnson, Deborah J. et al. 1998. William Sidney Mount: Painter of American Life. American Federation of Arts.
Kilmurray, Elaine, and Richard Ormond, eds. 1998. John Singer Sargent. Tate Gallery Publishing.
Manthorne, Katherine. 1985. Creation and Renewal: Views of Cotopaxi by Frederick Edwin Church. National Museum of American Art/Smithsonian Institution Press.
Sherwood, Dolly. 1991. Harriet Hosmer, American Sculptor, 1830–1908. University of Missouri Press.
Tedeschi, Martha, and Britt Salvesen. 1998. "Songs on Stone: James McNeill Whistler and the Art of Lithography." The Art Institute of Chicago Museum Studies 24, 1.

Social and Cultural History

Garret, Elizabeth. 1990. At Home, The American Family: 1750–1870. Abrams.
Grier, Katherine. 1988. Culture and Comfort: People, Parlors, and Upholstery, 1850–1930. Strong Museum.
Harris, Neal. 1966. The Artist in American Society. George Braziller.
Walker, Andrew, ed. 2000. "Terrain of Freedom: American Art and the Civil War." The Art Institute of Chicago Museum Studies 27, 1.

Books for Children

Fisher, Leonard Everett. 1966. Colonial Americans. The Cabinetmakers. Franklin Watts, Inc.
Fisher, Leonard Everett. 1969. Colonial Americans. The Limners: America's Earliest Portrait Painters. Franklin Watts, Inc.
Glubok, Shirley. 1974. The Art of America in the Gilded Age. Macmillan Publishing Company.
___. The Art of Colonial America. 1970. Macmillan Publishing Company.
___. The Art of the New American Nation. 1972.Macmillan Publishing Company.
King, Edith Morgan. 1968. Harriet Hosmer: Yankee Sculptor. Overbrook Press.
Tunis, Edwin. 1965. Colonial Craftsmen and the Beginning of American Industry. World Publishing Company.



Awareness Series: American Art. John Singleton Copley, George Catlin, and Mary Cassatt: A National of Painters. Produced by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, in cooperation with WETA-TV. 24 min. Board of Trustees, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1973. Available through the loan program of the National Gallery of Art, Department of Education Resources,
Hughes, Robert. American Visions. Produced by Planet 24 in association with BBC Television; a Time Inc./BBC co-production; produced in association with Thirteen/WNET. 8 videocassettes. 60 min. each. PBS Video, 1996. Distributed by PBS.
John Singer Sargent: Outside the Frame. Produced by WETA-TV, Washington, D.C., 1999. 57 min. Distributed by Home Vision.
The Landscape of Frederic Edwin Church. Produced by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. 29 min. Board of Trustees, National Gallery of Art, 1989. Distributed by Home Vision.
Winslow Homer: An American Original. Produced by Devine Entertainment in association with Alef Jo Filmstudio and Cinémaginaire. 59 min. Devine Entertainment Corporation, 1999. Distributed by Family Entertainment.
Winslow Homer: The Nature of the Artist. Produced by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., in association with York Productions, Inc. Board of Trustees, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1986. Distributed by Home Vision.


American Memory: Historical Collections for the National Digital Library
Archives of historic pictures, documents, maps, and sound recordings from the Library of Congress, with lesson plans and activities for families.
Art Tales: Telling Stories with Wildlife Art
Educational Web Adventures site that allows you to adopt a role, such as frontier explorer, field guide writer, or museum curator, and write an original text using selected artworks from the collection of the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Create a soundtrack for your journal by drawing from a library of musical clips and sound effects.
John Singer Sargent
Online exhibition of the 1999 Sargent retrospective organized by the Tate Gallery in conjunction with the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, with reproductions of over 150 of the artist's works.
A clearinghouse for numerous American history websites.
Watson and the Shark by John Singleton Copley
Interactive exploration of Copley's 1778 painting documenting the real-life efforts of a trading ship's crew, who attempted to rescue an orphan boy from a shark in 1749 in the waters off Havana, Cuba. Created for the website of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
William Harnett: Trompe L'Oeil Master
National Gallery of Art website exploring Harnett's The Old Violin of 1886 and his "fool the eye" methods. Includes a biography of the artist and comparative works by his contemporaries.
Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library
Site for the Delaware country estate of the du Pont family with educational pages on colonial furniture, including a period room tour and the web exhibition "Can Furniture Keep Secrets?"