The British collection is particularly rich in paintings
of the 18th and 19th centuries, with artists like Thomas Gainsborough, Sir Joshua Reynolds, Sir Thomas Lawrence and J.M.W.
Turner all represented. By good fortune, the works by Gainsborough, Reynolds and Lawrence are portraits of sitters with strong
Northern Irish connections, namely Arthur, 1st Marquess of Donegall (c.1780) by Gainsborough, Miss Theodosia Magill, afterwards
Countess of Clanwilliam (1765) by both Gainsborough and Reynolds, and Harriet Anne, Countess of Belfast (c.1822-23) by Lawrence.
'A Busy Farmyard'
Oil on canvas, 22.5" by 36"
Signed J.F Herring.
'The Lady of Shalott'
This painting is based on Arthurian legend and the poem of the same name by the nineteenth century English poet Lord Tennyson.
The Lady of Shalott was supposed to have dwelt in a tower, alone and unseen, on an island in the river that flowed down to
King Arthur's Camelot.by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)
A British Man o` War off the Coast
Christ Blessing, ca. 1810
William Blake (British, 1757–1827)
on canvas; 30 1/8 x 25 in. (76.5 x 63.5 cm)
Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
©2002 President and Fellows of Harvard
College (Harvard University Art Museums)