Piano in the Shape of a Bentside Spinet

about 1830
John Ritto Penniman (American, 1782–1841)

Object Place: North America, Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Framed: 58.4 x 47.6 cm (23 x 18 3/4 in.) Sheet (sight): 40.6 x 31.4 cm (16 x 12 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Watercolor, ink and graphite on paper

Not On View


Americas, Prints and Drawings




Donated by Mr. and Mrs. William A. Rust of Colorado Springs, Colorado. The Rusts found the drawing in the attic of a house built in 1781 by William Bowen Crehore (1754-1813) at 1631 Canton Avenue in Milton, Massachusetts. Rust's family was the third to occupy the house since it's construction.

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William A. Rust