Volume 20, Issue 3 | Autumn 2021

American Art History Digitally
sponsored by the Terra Foundation for American Art
Impossible Garden: A Contemporary Artist’s Digital Engagement with Women Artist-Naturalists of the Long Nineteenth Century and Beyond
In this digital version of her research-based, multimedia art installation Impossible Garden, specially prepared for NCAW, artist Emma Steinkraus examines the contributions of women artist-naturalists to historical botanical and scientific art primarily produced during the long nineteenth century. A fully navigable, annotated digital garden created from reproductions of illustrations of flora, fauna, and fungi made by sixty-nine women artists across four continents is accompanied by an interview with the artist by Carey Gibbons. By situating the project within the realms of biography, feminist discourse, social history, colonialism, and environmentalism, Steinkraus encourages a rethinking of works by women artist-naturalists while exploring the nineteenth century as a source of inspiration for artists and scholars today.
The American Agriculturist: Art and Agriculture in the United States’ First Illustrated Farming Journal, 1842–78
This article chronicles the visual history of the American Agriculturist (1842–51; 1853–present; New York City), the first farming periodical in the United States to widely embrace artistic engravings. Long recognized as one of the most popular and influential periodicals in the mid-nineteenth-century United States, the Agriculturist’s efforts to cultivate rural artistic taste has largely escaped investigation. This article recounts the development of the farming journal’s interest in art—reproductions of paintings, original compositions, and other pictorial images—and explores its careful positioning as a mediator between the spheres of practical agriculture and fine art.
Egyptian-French Encounters: Royal Monuments in Late Nineteenth-Century Egypt
In the late 1860s, Khedive Isma‘il of Egypt commissioned royal equestrian statues depicting his father and grandfather to be erected in the modernized squares of Cairo and Alexandria. This study, based on archival research, reveals the complex dynamic between Egypt’s ruler, his entourage, and the French artists and committee involved in their execution. It demonstrates Khedive’s active involvement in shaping these monuments to make his dynasty’s independence more visible to European powers and the Ottoman Empire, as well as to his urban elites.
New Discoveries
François Flameng, Grolier in the House of Aldus, 1889, Grolier Club, New York
A Pair of Candelabra for the Surtout de Table of the Duc d’Orléans
Practicing Art History  New
Practicing Art History: Introduction
Dealing with Historical Titles: The Case of the Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné

Supported by:

Terra Foundation Fellowships in American Art
at the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Book Reviews
Exhibition Reviews