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George Inness's "Morning"
12017-04-20T13:29:00-07:00Samantha Page4d4aad3cbb232d6b14d08c9a79a502129237df5c1562341878, oil on canvas, 76.2 x 114.3 cm, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid Inv. no. 600 (1983.4) (formerly SC 1894:1-1, acquired from artist via Hillyer Fund in 1894, sold via Gimbel Brothers, New York, 1946)plain2017-05-03T17:45:29-07:00Samantha Page4d4aad3cbb232d6b14d08c9a79a502129237df5c
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12017-04-28T06:42:41-07:00Samantha Page4d4aad3cbb232d6b14d08c9a79a502129237df5cGeorge Inness's "Landscape"21877, oil on canvas, 25 5/8 x 38 1/2 in., SC 1989:6, Bequest of Frank L. Harrington in honor of Louise Cronin Harrington, class of 1926media/inness_landscape.jpgplain2017-04-28T06:45:30-07:00All Reproduction Rights Are Reserved and RestrictedSMITH COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ARTNorthampton, MA 01063Registrar / Collection Manager413-585-2765413-585-2763 (main)Samantha Page4d4aad3cbb232d6b14d08c9a79a502129237df5c
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12017-03-20T19:27:21-07:00Building a new collection10structured_gallery2017-05-05T13:07:36-07:00In 1879, just four years after the opening of Smith College, the school began buying art to support the study of art and art history. Most of the artworks bought in these early years were bought directly from contemporary American artists. These early purchases included paintings by Winslow Homer, Louis C. Tiffany, George Inness, and Thomas Eakins.
In 1920, the museum finally developed its first official collecting policy, which focused on acquiring modern art. This marks a slight change away from American art, which was similar to other interests in the art world at the time.