18th-Century Art of the Colonial Americas and Early 19th-Century Art

Level 1 focuses on early American art produced primarily in New England and the Northeast, and in the Spanish colonies of Central and South America. These galleries prominently feature paintings, furniture, silver, textiles, and prints from colonial Boston and other regions, as well as art of the United States created in the decades after the American Revolution, including Thomas Sully’s monumental Passage of the Delaware. A gallery highlighting the MFA’s unparalleled collection of works by John Singleton Copley is adjacent to one displaying Newport furniture by members of the Goddard-Townsend family and others. Another room presents works made by American painters and sculptors abroad, among them Copley and Benjamin West. Visitors will also be able to see five period rooms, including the dining room, parlor, and bedchamber from Oak Hill, a circa 1800–01 mansion featuring the work of the Salem architect and carver Samuel McIntire. Rural and vernacular arts of the 18th century are also on view, while other galleries focus on furniture design and construction and regional styles in the arts.

Explore the galleries on Level 1