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Marks of Distinction

Hood debuts two hundred years of American drawings and watercolors

In celebration of the Hood Museum of Art's 20th anniversary, the museum is featuring its collection of American drawings and watercolors in a major new exhibition, Marks of Distinction: Two Hundred Years of American Drawings and Watercolors from the Hood Museum of Art. On view through May 29, this traveling exhibition highlights works dating from 1769 to 1969, many of which have never before been displayed. Nearly 120 works feature the talents of such distinguished artists as John Singleton Copley, John James Audubon, Winslow Homer, Mary Cassatt, James McNeill Whistler, John Singer Sargent, Joseph Stella, Jackson Pollock, Eva Hesse, and Romare Bearden. Highlights range from Copley's magnificent portrait of New Hampshire's last royal governor John Wentworth, to early 19th century folk portraits and landscapes, lyrical watercolor marines and interiors, images of New York City in the jazz age and compositions by artists associated with abstract expressionism and minimalism.


1769 Portrait of Governor John Wentworth, pastel on laid paper, by John Singleton Copley, 1738-1815. Wentworth was a key figure in the founding Dartmouth College.

American Buzzard or White Breasted Hawk. Pastel, graphite, chalk, and white opaque watercolor on wove paper. By John James Audubon, 1785-1851

Dying Lotus, c. 1930-32 by Joseph Stella, 1877-1946.  Pastel, colored crayon, metalpoint (probably silverpoint), and possibly graphite over an artist-prepared ground on wove paper.

By SHARON REED

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Last Updated: 12/17/08