Book of the Artists. American Artist Life, Comprising Biographical and Critical Sketches of American Artists: Preceded by an Historical Account of the Rise and Progress of Art in America.

Drawing by Henry Kirke Brown (American, 1814–1886), Drawing by Jasper Francis Cropsey (American, 1823–1900), Drawing by Daniel Huntington (American, 1816–1906), Drawing by Peter Frederick Rothermel (American, 1817–1895), Drawing by Samuel Worcester Rowse (American, 1822–1901), Drawing by James Hamilton (American, 1819–1878), Drawing by Albert Gallatin Hoit (American, 1809–1856), Drawing by John Frederick Kensett (American, 1816–1872), Drawing by William Page (American, 1811–1885), Drawing by Charles Willson Peale (American, 1741–1827), Author Henry Theodore Tuckerman (American, 1813–1871), Publisher George Palmer Putnam (American, 1814–1872), Publisher Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington

Place of Publication: New York, New York, USA; Place of Publication: London, England

Catalogue Raisonné

Karolik (1962) cat. 97, 201, 395, 634-637, 684


Overall (each volume, variable): 34.7 x 27.8 x 5 cm (13 11/16 x 10 15/16 x 1 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Printed book, extra-illustrated with dozens of engravings, woodcuts, photographs, autograph letters, and original drawings

Not On View


Americas, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(New York: G. P. Putnam & Son; London: Sampson Low & Co., 1867) 34.7 cm, four vols.; (1) xi, [7]-120 pp.; (2) [121]-320 pp.; (3) [321]-505 pp.; (4) [506]-639 pp.–all volumes extra-illustrated with drawings, prints, and autograph letters [often an extra title has been added]; 19th-century gilt-stamped green morocco (Harcourt Bindery, Boston).

New York: G. P. Putnam & Son; London: Sampson Low & Co., 1867


Frederick S. Peck, Barrington, RI (1868-1947); probably sold in auction of his Rare American Historical Autographs (Philadelphia, Freeman, 13-14 May, 1947); Maxim Karolik, Newport, RI (1893-1963); by whom given to MFA May 10, 1961.

Credit Line

Gift of Maxim Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Watercolors and Drawings, 1800–1875