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Collection Online as of June 22, 2024

View of Lake Pepin, Minnesota

View of Lake Pepin, Minnesota

(American, 1821–1872)
Framed: 38.5 x 63 x 6.5 cm (15 3/16 x 24 13/16 x 2 9/16 in.); Unframed: 30.2 x 54.5 cm (11 7/8 x 21 7/16 in.)
Location: not on view

Did You Know?

The sport of waterskiing was invented on Lake Pepin in 1922.


Duncanson was the first African American painter to achieve recognition at home and abroad. Although most of his career was spent in Cincinnati, he painted this calm, panoramic scene during a journey up the Mississippi River to Canada, which he likely made to escape the upheaval of the Civil War. Duncanson worked in Montreal and London, England, before returning home after the war.
  • -1945
    Eric Lundberg, Tuttle's Book Shop, Rutland, VT, 1945, sold to William Macbeth
    (William Macbeth, Inc., New York, NY, given to the Cleveland Museum of Art)
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Porter, James A. Ten Afro-American Artists of the Nineteenth Century. Washington DC: Gallery of Art, Howard University, 1967. Mentioned: p. 14
    Duncanson, Robert S. Robert S. Duncanson: A Centennial Exhibition. Cincinnati, OH: Cincinnati Art Museum,1972. Mentioned: p. 13; Reproduced: p. 26
    Coen, Rena Neumann. Painting and Sculpture in Minnesota, 1820-1914. Minneapolis, MN: Published by the University of Minnesota Press for the University Gallery of the University of Minnesota, 1976. Mentioned: p. 32-50; Reproduced: p. 43
    Driskell, David C., and Leonard Simon. Two Centuries of Black American Art: [Exhibition], Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas, the Brooklyn Museum. Los Angeles, CA: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1976. Mentioned: p. 33, 124
    Chong, Alan. European & American Painting in the Cleveland Museum of Art: A Summary Catalogue. Cleveland,OH: Cleveland Museum of Art, 1993. Reproduced: p. 67
    Ketner, Joseph D., and Robert S. Duncanson. The Emergence of the African-American Artist: Robert S. Duncanson, 1821-1872. Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 1993. Mentioned: p. 112-133, 156-176, 198-203, 219-222; Reproduced: fig. 102
    Adams, Henry. What's American About American Art?: A Gallery Tour in the Cleveland Museum of Art. Cleveland, OH: Cleveland Museum of Art, 2008. Reproduced: p. 81
    Cole, Mark, Amy Sparks, and Rebecca Michaels. African American Art: The Cleveland Museum of Art. Cleveland, OH: Cleveland Museum of Art, 2013. Reproduced: p. 16
    Zellman, Michael David. American Art Analog. New York, NY: Chelsea House Publishers in association with American Art Analog, 1986. Mentioned and reproduced: p. 401-410, vol. 2
    Green, Tyler. Emerson's Nature and the Artists: Idea As Landscape, Landscape As Idea. Munich: Prestel, 2021. Reproduced: P. 123, fig. 57
    Arabindan-Kesson, Anna. "From Poetry to Paint: Robert S. Duncanson and the Song of Hiawatha." In Intermedia, Ursula Frohne, ed., 86-121. Chicago: Terra Foundation for American Art, 2022. Mentioned and reproduced: P. 102, fig. 8
  • Two Centuries of Black American Art. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA (September 30-November 21, 1976); The High Museum of Art, Alanta, GA (January 8-February 20, 1977); Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas, TX (March 30-May 15, 1977); The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY (25 June 25-August 21,1977).
    Robert S. Duncanson: A Centennial Exhibition. Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH (March 16-April 30, 1972).
    XIXth Century Afro-American Artists, Bannister and Duncanson. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, MA (organizer) (January 9-February 6, 1972); The Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH (March 15-April 30, 1972).
    American Negro Artists of the 19th Century. Howard University, Washington, D.C., DC (organizer) (February 1-March 25, 1967).
    Painters of Ohio's Past. The Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts, Columbus, OH (June 5-July 5,1953); The Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, OH (July 15-August 16,1953); The Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH (September 1- September 22, 1953); The Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH (4 October 4-26,1953).
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