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Tuckerman, Henry Theodore

Date born: 1813

Place born:  Boston, MA

Date died:  1871

Place died:  New York, NT

Literati; advocate of neoclassicism.  In 1867 Tuckermann 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 (q.v.), his works lacks the acumen and perhaps the intellectual honesty of later writers.

Home Country:  United States

Sources:  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.

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.