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Tuckerman, Henry Theodore

    Full Name: Tuckerman, Henry Theodore

    Gender: male

    Date Born: 1813

    Date Died: 1871

    Place Born: Boston, Suffolk, MA, USA

    Place Died: New York, NY, USA

    Home Country/ies: United States

    Subject Area(s): Neoclassical


    Literati; advocate of neoclassicism. In 1867 Tuckerman published his American Artist Life, an account of American art, sometimes scholarly although filled the typical Victorian sentiment (Rowland). Tuckerman was not particularly discriminating. He praised all good artists and honored the rest mostly for being American. In contrast to the work of James Jackson Jarves, his works lacks the acumen and perhaps the intellectual honesty of later writers.

    Selected Bibliography

    Book of the Artists: American Artist Life Comprising Biographical and Critical Sketches of American Artists. 1st ed. , 1867. Reprint ed. New York: J. F. Carr, 1966.; A Memorial of Horatio Greenough, Consisting of a Memoir, Selections from His Writings, and Tributes to His Genius. 1st ed. 1853. Reprint. New York: B. Blom, 1968.


    ACAB, VI:177; Bazin, Germain. Histoire de l’histoire de l’art: de Vasari à nos jours. Paris: Albin Michel, 1986, p. 539 ; Flexner, James Thomas. “Tuckerman’s Book of the Artists.” The American Art Journal 1 no. 2 (Fall 1969): 53-7; mentioned, Rowland, Jr. Benjamin. “Introduction.” Jarves, James Jackson. The Art-idea. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press, 1960, p. xxvi.


    "Tuckerman, Henry Theodore." Dictionary of Art Historians (website).

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