The Oregon Public Library's Eagle's Nest Colony Art Collection



The Old Bridge (at Oregon)
Henry Howard Bagg (1853-1928)

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The Old Bridge (at Oregon)
Henry Howard Bagg (1853-1928)

Oil on canvas

35-1/2"x21-1/2"

NOTES: This painting was cleaned and restored in 2003, thanks to E.D.Etnyre and Co., in memory of Harriett Etnyre Driver.



A Souvenir of Italy
Frederic Barlett Clay (1873-1953)

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A Souvenir of Italy
Frederic Barlett Clay (1873-1953)

Oil on canvas

29-1/2"x26-1/2"

NOTES: Born in Chicago, Bartlett studied art in Munich and in Paris under Collin, Amin-Jean and Whistler. He taught at the Art Institute of Chicago and exhibited his paintings there many times.



Tiger
Antoine Louis Barye (1796-1875)

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Tiger
Antoine Louis Barye (1796-1875)

Plaster

18"x5-1/2"x8-3/4"

NOTES: It is believed that this sculpture was acquired by Lorado Taft so that children might have an opportunity to touch, feel and explore the shapes and forms of sculpture. In 2002 a bronze cast of this piece was made by Harry and Karly Spell of Adagio Fine Art, and donated to the library, so that children could once again freely touch and feel a piece of sculpture.



The Old Garden - Santiago, Chile
Charles Francis Browne (1859-1920)

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The Old Garden - Santiago, Chile
Charles Francis Browne (1859-1920)

Oil on canvas

28-1/2"x23-1/2"

NOTES: One of the original members of the Eagle's Nest Art Colony, Browne was its foremost landscape artist. Browne served as an art ambassador to other countries, including Chile, the setting for this painting. This piece was cleaned and restored in 1995, thanks to funding by the Oregon Park District.



Chateau Gaillard. Petit Audley, France
Charles Francis Browne (1859-1920)

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Chateau Gaillard. Petit Audley, France
Charles Francis Browne (1859-1920)

Oil on canvas

48"x36"

NOTES: A tag on the back of this painting states: "1918. Presented to Lorado Taft, Sculptor, From his brother painter, Charles Francis Browne. An "Emotional" Souvenir, as he leaves for France to do the World's Work." Taft left in January, 1919, to join the corps of lecturer and entertainers who were providing recreation for the doughboys in France. This piece was restored in 1995, thanks to the Oregon Park District.



Rock River Valley Oregon, Illinois
Charles Francis Browne (1859-1920)

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Rock River Valley Oregon, Illinois
Charles Francis Browne (1859-1920)

Oil on canvas

28"x20"

NOTES: This downriver view of Oregon depicts Margaret Fuller Island from the south lawn of Ganymede, site of the Heckman summer home in what is now Lowden park. This painting was cleaned and restored in 2002, thanks to the Arts Alliance of Ogle County.



October - Oregon, Illinois 1918
Charles Francis Browne (1859-1920)

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October - Oregon, Illinois 1918
Charles Francis Browne (1859-1920)

Oil on canvas

48"x36"

NOTES: This is one of Browne's last paintings. One of the best-known American artists of his time, Browne was stricken with paralysis while at the Eagle's Nest Camp in 1919, and died the following year at the age of 61.



Peaceful Valley
Charles Francis Browne (1859-1920)

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Peaceful Valley
Charles Francis Browne (1859-1920)

Oil on Canvas

44-3/4"x35-3/4"

NOTES: The peaceful grandeur of mountain scenery is typical of some of Browne's best work. Charles Francis Browne married Larado Taft's sister. Their child was the only child born at the Eagle's Nest Camp.



A Summer Day
Charles Francis Browne (1859-1920)

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A Summer Day
Charles Francis Browne (1859-1920)

Oil on Canvas

26"x21"

NOTES



A Summer Day in Oregon
Charles Francis Browne (1829-1920)

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A Summer Day in Oregon
Charles Francis Browne (1829-1920)

Oil on canvas

48"x36"

NOTES



Afternoon Valley
W.E. Brownson (dates unavailable)

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Afternoon Valley
W.E. Brownson (dates unavailable)

Oil on canvas

30"x21"

NOTES: The fall scene depicted on this canvas is very representative of views in the area of the Eagle's Nest Camp. It is possibly the south approach to Heckman's Hill.



Jessie Heckman Herschel
Ralph Elmer Clarkson (1861-1942)

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Jessie Heckman Herschel
Ralph Elmer Clarkson (1861-1942)

Oil on canvas

30"x44"

NOTES: Ralph Clarkson was an important member of the original group at the Eagle's Nest Camp in 1898. He was the last remaining member of the original group, and his death in 1942 marked the end of an era.



Frank O. Lowden
Ralph Elmer Clarkson (1861-1942)

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Frank O. Lowden
Ralph Elmer Clarkson (1861-1942)

Oil on canvas

30"x44"

NOTES: U.S. Representative from 1907-1911, and Governor of Illinois from 1917-1921, Frank Lowden lived on a 4,400 acre estate he called "Sinissippi," which was located five miles south of the Eagle's Nest Art Colony along the east bank of the Rock River.



Miss Sally or The Girl With a Big Hat
Ralph Elmer Clardson (1861-1942)

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Miss Sally or The Girl With a Big Hat
Ralph Elmer Clardson (1861-1942)

Oil on canvas

28"x36"

NOTES:It is believed that this painting is one of the Heckman girls. The Heckman girls liked to show up at the artist's camp on horseback, wearing white.



Growing Leaf
Ethel L. Coe (d. 1938)

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Growing Leaf
Ethel L. Coe (d. 1938)

Oil on canvas

19"x23-1/8"

NOTES: Ethel Coe, a native of Chicago, was a painter, printmaker, illustrator, and teacher. She studied under Sorolla-y-Bastida. This piece was cleaned and restored in 1995, thanks to the Oregon Park District.



Baby Marguerite
Leonard Cruenelle (1872-1944)

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Baby Marguerite
Leonard Cruenelle (1872-1944)

Bronze cast, from the original, which was in marble

5-1/2"x5-3/4"x9"

NOTES:Leonard Cruenelle, the son of an Illinois coal miner, was born in France. He was "discovered" by Taft, and he and his family lived in Taft's barn studio on the University of Chicago Midway. This piece portrays Cruenelle's baby daughter.



Dona
Leonard Cuenelle (1872-1944)

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Dona
Leonard Cuenelle (1872-1944)

Plaster Cast

8-1/4"x7-1/4"x16-1/4"

NOTES: It is believed that the clay model from which this cast was made was executed at the Eagle's Nest Camp. The subject was a child visiting the colony with her family.



Nadine
Leonard Cruenelle (1872-1944)

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Nadine
Leonard Cruenelle (1872-1944)

Tinte Plaster, in imitation of Terra Cotta

6"x5"x8"

NOTES: Little is known about this piece. An early listing of items in the collection attributes it to Cruenelle.



Juniper Valley in Winter
Frank Virgil Dudley (1868-1957)

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Juniper Valley in Winter
Frank Virgil Dudley (1868-1957)

Oil on canvas

29-3/4"x24-3/4"

NOTES: Dudley was a close friend of Leonard Cruenelle. This painting is thought to be of an area of gravel hills to the north of the Eagle's Nest Camp, extending to the Fock River from the east.



Landscape -- California
Oliver Dennett Grover (1861-1927)

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Landscape -- California
Oliver Dennett Grover (1861-1927)

Oil on canvas

23-1/2"x23-1/2"

NOTES: Grover was an original member of the Eagle's Nest group in 1898. An active painter in Chicago, he received the first Yerkes Prize in 1892 for his painting "Thy will be done."



Normandy Pines
William A. Harper (d. 1910)

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Normandy Pines
William A. Harper (d. 1910)

39-1/2"x29-1/2"

DIMENSIONS

NOTES: Harper was born in Cayuga, Canada, and is the only black student believed to be represented in this collection. This painting is currently on loan to the Art Institute of Chicago.



Ralph Clarkson
Kathleen Beverly Robinson Ingels (b. 1882)

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Ralph Clarkson
Kathleen Beverly Robinson Ingels (b. 1882)

Plaster with a bronzed finish

9"x9-1/2"x22-1/2"

NOTES: Kathleen Ingels was born in Aurora, Ontario, Canade. From 1909 to 1917, Miss Ingels exhibited in eight shows at the Art Institute of Chicago.



The Back Way or Oldest House in Grand Detour
Holger W. Jensen (b. 1878)

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The Back Way or Oldest House in Grand Detour
Holger W. Jensen (b. 1878)

Oil on canvas

27-1/2"x31-1/2"

NOTES: Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, Jensen immigrated to the United States at the age of 8. This painting was cleaned and restored in 2003, thanks to Rick and Becky McCanse.



Sculptor in His Studio
L. Lasar (dates unavailable)

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Sculptor in His Studio
L. Lasar (dates unavailable)

Oil on canvas

10-1/2"x13-1/2"

NOTES



Winged Victory
Evelyn Beatrice Longman (b. 1874)

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Winged Victory
Evelyn Beatrice Longman (b. 1874)

Bronze

6"x6"x15"

NOTES: Born in Winchester, Ohio, Beatrice Longman was one of Taft's students at the Art Institute of Chicago. She was an accomplished sculptor who received numerous awards.



Unknown
Evelyn Beatrice Longman (b. 1874)

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Unknown
Evelyn Beatrice Longman (b. 1874)

Marble

19"x12-1/2"x36-5/8"

NOTES: Although this piece is attributed to the accomplished sculptor Beatrice Longman, no documentation is available to confirm this.



Rock River Scene
Leon A. Makielski (b. 1885)

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Rock River Scene
Leon A. Makielski (b. 1885)

Oil on canvas

17-3/4"x13-3/4"

NOTES:The Oregon Library Gallery was first used in October, 1908 for an exhibition of 100 Makielski paintings of scenes along and near the Rock River.



Rock River Scene
Leon A. Makielski (b. 1885)

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Rock River Scene
Leon A. Makielski (b. 1885)

Oil on canvas

17-3/4"x13-3/4"

NOTES: This is one of over 100 paintings Makielski painted of scenes along and near the Rock River.



Unknown
Auguste Moreau (b. 1830)

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Unknown
Auguste Moreau (b. 1830)

Commercial Zinc Cast

10"x7"x17"

NOTES: Lorado Taft may have made the acquaintance of this French sculptor during his 5 years of study in France, beginning in 1880.



Law and Knowledge
Charles James Mulligan (1866-1916)

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Law and Knowledge
Charles James Mulligan (1866-1916)

Plaster

16-1/2"x7-3/4"x17-3/4"

NOTES: This is a working model for one of the large sculpture groups at the north entrance of the Illinois Supreme Court Building in Springfield, executed near the end of the sculptor's life.



Justice and Power
Charles James Mulligan (1866-1916)

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Justice and Power
Charles James Mulligan (1866-1916)

Plaster

16-1/2"x7-3/4"x17-3/4"

NOTES: See notes under "Law and Knowledge." Mulligan, a native of Ireland, was one of the original members of the Eagle's Nest Colony. He was "discovered" by Taft while working to help support his family in a marble cutting factory near Chicago.



The Barbary Coast or Clam Diggers
John Thomas Nolf (1871-1950)

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The Barbary Coast or Clam Diggers
John Thomas Nolf (1871-1950)

Oil on canvas

42"x33-3/4"

NOTES: Nolf worked as an illustrator for the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Inter-Ocean, and as a cartoonist for the Inland Printer, yet won a number of awards for his "serious" paintings.



The Last Leaf
John Thoms Nolf (1871-1950)

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The Last Leaf
John Thoms Nolf (1871-1950)

Oil on canvas

23-1/2"x27-3/4"

NOTES: Born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, John Nolf died in Grand Detour, Illinois.



James Henry Cartwright
Robert Salmon Jr. and Peter Chapman Salmon (dates unavailable)

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James Henry Cartwright
Robert Salmon Jr. and Peter Chapman Salmon (dates unavailable)

Plaster-Concrete Cast, with a bronze painted finish

20"x12-1/4"x19-1/4"

NOTES: This piece does not appear to have any connection to the Eagle's Nest Art Colony.



Sumac
Albert H. Schmidt (b. 1883)

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Sumac
Albert H. Schmidt (b. 1883)

Oil on canvas

19-1/2"x15-1/2"

NOTES: Schmidt was born in Chicago and probably first came to the Eagle's Nest as a student of Charles Francis Browne, under whom he studied at the Art Institute.



Winter on Rock River
Albert H. Schmidt (b. 1883)

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Winter on Rock River
Albert H. Schmidt (b. 1883)

Oils on canvas

35-1/2"x21-1/2"

NOTES: This scene is a view northeast across the river past the mouth of Mud Creek, painted after an early spring snow. This piece was restored in 2003, thanks to the Arts Alliance of Ogle County.



Tampa Bay, Florida
Ella Bird Smith (d. ca. 1926)

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Tampa Bay, Florida
Ella Bird Smith (d. ca. 1926)

Oil on canvas

31-3/4"x18-1/2"

NOTES: Any association of this artist with the Eagle's Nest Colony has not yet been determined.



Point Loma, California
Ella Bird Smith (d. ca. 1926)

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Point Loma, California
Ella Bird Smith (d. ca. 1926)

Oil on canvas

15"x11-1/4"

NOTES: Any association of this artist with the Eagle's Nest Colony has not yet been determined.



Portrait of Ralph Clarkson (1911)
Joaquin Sorolla-y-Bastida (1863-1923)

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Portrait of Ralph Clarkson (1911)
Joaquin Sorolla-y-Bastida (1863-1923)

Oil on canvas

21-3/4"x31-3/4"

NOTES: Sorolly-y-Bastida, a renowned Spanish painter of portraits, was a contemporary of Ralph Clarkson, and a good friend. The inscription on this portrait reads: "A mi querido amigo, Clarkson." This painting was restored in 1995, thanks to the Oregon Park District.



American Indian
Lorado Taft (1860-1936)

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American Indian
Lorado Taft (1860-1936)

Plaster

15-1/4"x17-1/4"x49"

NOTES: This is the working model for Taft's hgue reinforced concrete monolithic statue that stands high on a cliff overlooking the Rock River at Oregon, Illinois. Although popularly called "Blackhawk," Taft always spoke of the statue as his idealization of an American Indian.



The Blind
Lorado Taft (1860-1936)

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The Blind
Lorado Taft (1860-1936)

Working Plaster Cast

40"x22"x36"

NOTES: This is one of Taft's most impressive symbolic sculptures. It was inspired by Maeterlinck's tragic drama, "The Blind." The piece portrays the moment when the group realizes that the baby in the middle can see and lead the group to safety.



Ada Bartlett Taft
Lorado Taft (1860-1936)

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Ada Bartlett Taft
Lorado Taft (1860-1936)

Plaster Cast

8-3/4"x9"x10"

NOTES: This unusually sensitive head of Taft's wife bears little resemblance to the sculptor's more usual classic style. In 1946, ten years after her husband's death, Ada Bartlett Taft wrote a book about her husband entitled "Lorado Taft, Sculptor and Citizen."



Mary Taft
Lorado Taft (1860-1936)

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Mary Taft
Lorado Taft (1860-1936)

Plaster Cast

10"x10"x17-1/2"

NOTES: This head of Taft's daughter Mary was restored in 1995, thanks to the Oregon Park District.



Mrs. Wallace Heckman
Lorado Taft (1860-1936)

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Mrs. Wallace Heckman
Lorado Taft (1860-1936)

Plaster

8-3/4"x9"x20-1/4"

NOTES: Mrs. Heckman was the wife of the owner of the estate upon which the Eagle's Nest Colony was established. The estate, called Ganymede, was located along the east bank of the Rock River. This piece was restored in 1995, thanks to the Oregon Park District.



A Head or Miss Vanderpoel
John Henry Vanderpoel (1857-1913)

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A Head or Miss Vanderpoel
John Henry Vanderpoel (1857-1913)

Transparent and Opaque Watercolor

11-3/4"x15-3/4"

NOTES:John Henry Vanderpoel wrote "The Human Figure" -- considered by some to be one of the greatest art texts every written. This portrait of Vanderpoel's daughter was restored in 2003, thanks to Oregon residents Gretchen Bain and John E. Hawkins.



A Chance Acquaintance
Bessie Potter Vonnoh (1872-1955)

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A Chance Acquaintance
Bessie Potter Vonnoh (1872-1955)

Bronze

15-3/4"x7-1/2"x11-1/2"

NOTES:Bessie Potter was a gifted and favored student of Lorado Taft. In preparation for the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, she assisted him in the making of decorative sculptures for the fair buildings.



Bust of a Girl with Braids
Bessie Potter Vonnoh (1872-1955)

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Bust of a Girl with Braids
Bessie Potter Vonnoh (1872-1955)

Plaster Cast, with applied paint

13-1/2"x7-1/4"x14"

NOTES: A bronze cast of this piece was made and donated to the Oregon Library in 2002 by Harry and Karly Spell of Adagio Fine Art.



Her Son
Nellie Verne Walker (b. 1874)

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Her Son
Nellie Verne Walker (b. 1874)

Plaster

10-1/2"x10-1/2"x16"

NOTES: This piece is a plaster working model of the finished classical representation of a mother and her son which is in the collection of the Art Institute.



Chief Keokuk
Nellie Verne Walker (b. 1874)

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Chief Keokuk
Nellie Verne Walker (b. 1874)

Plaster, painted

11-1/2"x11-1/2"x36"

NOTES: This piece may have been a working model for the Chief Keokuk Monument located in Keokuk, Iowa.



The Cabbage Patch
William Wendt (1865-1946)

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The Cabbage Patch
William Wendt (1865-1946)

Oil on canvas

27"x20"

NOTES: Wendt, a native of Germany, may have become associated with the Eagle's Nest Art Colony through his marriage to Julia Bracken, a sculptor who had assisted Lorado Taft in his 1893 World's Fair Columbian Exhibition project.



Untitled
William Wendt (1865-1946)

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Untitled
William Wendt (1865-1946)

Oil on canvas

35-3/4'X9-1/2"

NOTES: This scene may have been painted at the Eagle's Nest. This piece was restored in 1995, thanks to the Oregon Park District.



Quang
Unidentified

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Quang
Unidentified

Plaster Cast

9"x6"x11"

NOTES: Recent findings indicate that this piece may have been sculpted by Herman A. McNeil.



La Mondaine
Unidentified

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La Mondaine
Unidentified

Zinc Casting

10-1/4"x6-1/2"x17"

NOTES: This work is typical of castings produced commercially for home of the wealthy during the late 1800's and early 1900's.
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