This volume accompanies and complements the publication of the two-volume authoritative catalogue of the Brooklyn Museum's collection of American paintings by artists born by 1876. It provides ad richly illustrated general survey of American painting from the late colonial era to the early years of the 20th century, as presented in 64 of the Museum's most significant paintings by American artists. Each painting is illustrated in colour, and the selected works are arrange din four broad chronological sections: early American art, art of the 1830s to 1850s; American painting in the Civil War era; and cosmopolitan painting in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Extended captions present the key features of each painting and artist, and of the wider artistic context of the work and the period in which it was produced.
An introduciton surveys the evolution of Brooklyn's American painting collection in the context of developments in the field of American art over the past 150 years. A Chronology of the collection, focuses on its history and growth from the 1850s to the present.