Exhibitions


Lifetime and Memorial Exhibitions

Paintings highlighted with asterix are in the Paintings Gallery. Last updated: February 21, 2020.

Year Exhibition Painting Catalogue
Number
Comments
1899 6th Annual Exhibition of Art Students’ League 1899 Four separate landscapes –
priced from $5.00 to $25.00
Nos. 40-43  
      Charlie – $2.50 N0. 218    
1901 7th Annual Exhibition of Art Students’ League 1901 Midday No. 32  
    August No. 33  
    The Meadow No. 34  
         
1902 Exhibition of Works by Chicago Artists, Art Institute of Chicago, February 3- March 2, 1902 The Lake in the Hills No. 93  
    The Green of Summer No. 94  
    First Sign of Autumn* No. 95. 
Photo of painting in Brush and
Pencil
, Vol. 9, No. 6 (Mar. 1902), pp 336-46 – “Work of Chicago Artists”.
 
         
1903 Exhibition of Works by Chicago Artists, Art Institute of Chicago, February 1-March 1, 1903 Eucalyptus $100 No. 90  
    The Old Mulberry $100 No. 91  
         
1904 Exhibition of Works by Chicago Artists, Art Institute of Chicago, January 28- February 28, 1904 Cornish Upland, Cornwall, England. $100 No 82  
    An Ilex at St. Cloud, France. $35. No 83  
    A West Country Slope Corner. $50. No. 84  
         
1905 Exhibition of Works by Chicago Artists, Art Institute of Chicago, January 21-February 26, 1905 Morning, Midsummer, Cornwall, Eng. $150 No. 100  
    Early Afternoon, Montigny, France.* $150 No. 101. 
Photo of painting in catalogue. 
Also in The Voice of the Negro,
Vol, 3, p. 117 – “William A. Harper”, by Florence L. Bentley.
Sold to T.E.Donelly of Donelly & Sons, Chicago, per The Voice of the Negro, Vol, 3, p. 117 – “William A. Harper”, by Florence L. Bentley.  Now at Howard University in  Washington, D.C. (reverse image in article). 
    The Hedgerow, Cornwall, Eng. $100 No. 102  
    Eventide, Cornwall, Eng.* $50 No. 103. 
Photo of painting in The Voice
of the Negro
, Vol, 3, – “William A. Harper”, by Florence L. Bentley
Sold to “another Chicago art lover”.
    Banks of the Loing, Montigny, France.* $100 No. 104.  Photo of painting in The World To-Day, Volume VIII, 1905, “Western Artists who stay in the West, by James Spencer Dickerson, and  
The Voice of the Negro, Vol, 3, – “William A. Harper”, by Florence L. Bentley
 
    The Potato Field, Cornwall, Eng. $35 No. 105  
    Lobbs House, Cornwall, Eng. $35 No. 106  
    Grey Day, Cornwall, Eng. $35 No. 107  
    Quiet Morning, Cornwall, Eng. $35 No. 108  
  O’Brien Galleries exhibition [research Archives of American Art]] 2 paintings    
         
1906 Tenth Annual Exhibition of the Society of Western Artists Young Poplars and Willows* See:  Brush and Pencil,
Vol.
17, No. 1 (Jan., 1906), pp. 22-26.  Report
on Tenth Annual Exhibition of the Society of Western Artists.  Photo of painting in The Voice of the Negro, Vol, 3, – “William A. Harper”, by
Florence L. Bentley.
 
  Exhibition of Works by Chicago Artists, Art Institute of Chicago.  January 30-February 25, 1906. Early Evening, Cornwall, Eng. $200 No. 107  
    Lowland Pastures.* $250 No. 108. 
Photo of painting in Catalogue. 
 
    The Cabbage Patch. $200 No. 109  
    The Last Gleam. $75 No. 110  
    The Hillside. $50 No. 111  
    The House in the Hollow. $40 No. 112  
    Grey day. $35 No. 113  
  19th Annual Exhibition of Oil Paintings and Sculpture by American Artists.  October 16-November 29, 1906.   A Bit of Lincoln Park No. 151  
    On a Day No. 152  
1907 Exhibition of Works by Chicago Artists, Art Institute of Chicago.  January 29-February 24, 1907 Gray Day. $40 [Same as 1905?  Note different spelling.] No. 113  
    The Road. $40 No. 114  
    Dusk. $200 No. 115 Listed
in Catalogue of Paintings, Etchings, Engravings and Sculputre
of the Union League
Club of Chicago, compiled by L. M. McCauley, pgs. 14 and 49 – 1907.  Per A History of the Art Collection of
the Union League Club of Chicago, Joan G. Wagner, this painting was sold
at auction by the Union League Club in 1984.
    Half Leafless and Dry.* $150 No. 116. 
Photo of painting in catalogue. Photo also in The World To-Day, “The Artist Out of Doors”, by James Spencer
Dickerson, 1907, January 1-June1, under the name “In Sere and Yellow Leaf”.
National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. 
    Cornish Hills. $150 No. 117  
  Marshall Field & Company, exhibition of Oil Paintings and Water Colors in the Picture Galleries.  Announcement in Chicago Tribune dated May 27, 1907 Unknown.    
         
1908 Exhibition of Works by Chicago Artists, Art Institute of Chicago.  February 4- March 1, 1908.   Autumn Sunshine.  $200 No. 113  
    Old House and Vines.  $150 No. 114. 
Bulletin of the Art Institute of
Chicago,
Vol. 1, No. 3 (April 1908), “The Recent Exhibition of Chicago Artists”.
pp. 35-36, states that painting received a prize of $100 from the Young
Fortnightly Club.
 
  One-man exhibition at Milllikin University.  September 1908. Unknown      
  21st Annual Exhibition of Oil Paintings and Sculpture by American Artists.  October 20-November 29, 1908. Illinois Landscape* No. 121. 
Photo of painting in the Inter
Ocean,
November 8, 1908.
 
    Hotel de France No. 122  
1909 13th Annual Exhibition of the Society of Western Artists.  January 5-January 24, 1909.   October in France No. 54  
    The Mid Days of Autumn No. 55  
  Exhibition of Works by Chicago Artists, Art Institute of Chicago.  February 2-February 28, 1909 August in France. $300 No. 127  
    Old Houses, Montreuil. $100 No. 128  
    Late Afternoon. $250 No. 129  
  22nd Annual Exhibition of Oil Paintings and Sculpture by
American Artists.  October 19-November
28, 1909. 

 
Pueblo Indians No. 122  
    The Steps – Mexican Scene No. 123 American
Art News,
Vol.
8, No. [7/8?], Dec. 4, 1909, pp. 1-8 reports sale of “Mexican Scene”, with no
further specifics.
    Among the Hills No. 124  
         
1910 Exhibition of Works by Chicago Artists, Art Institute of Chicago.  January 4-January 30, 1910 A Mexican Kitchen No. 106 in 1910 AIC Exhibition Catalogue (per
Exhibition List
 
    A Morning in the Market No. 107  
    A Mexican Landscape No. 108  
    The Morning Chat No. 109  
    The Patio

No. 110

Same as No. 31 in Memorial Exhibition Catalogue?

 
  14th Annual Exhibition of the Society of Western Artists.  February 8-February 27, 1910.   Autumn, French landscape No. 50  
    Mexican Scene No. 51  
  Exhibition in Los Angeles, California. Summer in France Per Los Angeles Herald (Los Angeles, California, “Art Notes”, 1910, August 28  
  Exhibition of Paintings by William A. Harper, Art Institute of Chicago.  July 26-August 28, 1910 (Memorial Exhibition). Winter in France No. 1  
    In Mexico No. 2  
    A bridge in Mexico No. 3  
    Old houses, Montreuil, France No. 4  
    Mexican landscape No. 5  
    Outer ramparts, Montreuil, France No. 6  
    Half leafless and dry* No. 7 Same as in Feb. 1907 exhibit?
    Tall pines No. 8  
    Group of nine landscape sketches. No. 9  
    Late afternoon No. 10 Same as in Feb. 1909 exhibit?
    Group of nine sketches No. 11  
    Tree trunks No. 12  
    Rainy day I the town No. 13  
    Three Mexican women.* No. 14 See, www.justanswer.com
    Autumn day in France No. 15  
    Pine trees and landscape No. 16  
    Group of four sketches No. 17  
    August in France No. 18 Reproduced in the Chicago Record Herald, August 7, 1910.  Same as in Feb. 1909 exhibit?
    Midday in August No. 19 Reproduced in the Chicago Record Herald, August 7, 1910. Sold by Bonhams 2011 for $3,125, under the name “Late Summer Landscape” (from private collection in Illinois).  
    Illinois landscape No. 20  
    Mexican village No. 21  
    The pepper tree No. 22  
    The market garden No. 23  
    The stream No. 24  
    The terrace No. 15  
    Wood interior No. 26  
    The moat No. 27  
    October in France No. 28  
    The fields No. 29  
    Hotel de France No. 30 Same as in 1908 exhibit? 
    The patio* No. 31 Same as in January 1910 exhibit?  
    Old houses and vines No. 32  
    The court No. 33  
    The stairway* No. 34

Savannah College of Design collection?

Is this the one that was lent from the
Barnett Collection in 1940 for Exhibition of the Art of the American Negro?

    A quiet village No. 35  
    Study of trees No. 36  
    Landscape study No. 37  
    The field of gold No. 38  
    A morning chat No. 39  
    A group of trees No. 40  
    The ruin No. 41  
    Spreading trees No. 42  
    The stone house No. 43  
    Autumn sunshine No. 44 Same as in Feb. 1908 exhibit?
    The riverbank No. 45  
    Autumn, France No. 46 Same as in earlier 1910 exhibit?
    The valley in the hills, Mexico* No. 47  
    A Mexican hut No. 48  
    A street in Mexico No. 49  
    The cactus No. 50  
    Morning in the market No. 51  
    A Mexican kitchen No. 52  
    Forsaken house No. 53  
    Houses No. 54  
    The shaded walk No. 55  
    The village on the river No. 56  
    The hedge No.  57  
    The river and the willows No. 58  
    The bridge across the river No. 59  
    Cattle grazing No. 60  
         
         
         
         
         

Post-1910 Exhibitions

1922

Exhibit of Art Institute of Decatur, Illinois     Exhibited
35 paintings owned locally.  Only title
known:  “Golden Autumn”.
  Loaned
by Mrs. Harry Haines (29), Mrs. Adolph Mueller (1 – “Golden Autumn”), Mrs.
J.W. Osgood (1), Mrs. Eda Pegram (2), and Mrs. Charles Willis (1).
1927 Exhibition of the AIC and the Chicago Woman’s Club. Exhibited
4 landscape paintings; titles unknown. 
  Loaned
by Mr. Charles Burkholder, Mr. Walter J. Sherwood, Mrs. R.S. Brooke, and Mr.
Max Keitz.
1940 Exhibition of the Art of the American Negro (1851-1940), assembled by the American Negro Exposition, July 4 – September 2 1940   Exhibited
“Stairway” and ”Interior in a Mexican Courtyard”  
 

Loaned
by Mrs. Alfreda Duster from the Barnett collection.

Is
this the same as “The Stairway” in the Savannah College of Design collection?

1985 Tanner-Harper-Scott, A Mentor and his Influence, Evans-Tibbs Collection, January 18-March 30, 1985. Exhibited “The Staircase”* (which appears to be the same as “The Stairway” in the Savannah College of Design collection).    
1985 – 1988 Hidden Heritage, Afro-American Art. Travelling exhibition organized by the Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, Washington, and the Art Museum Association of America. Exhibited “Landscape with Poplars (Afternoon in Montigny)” from the Howard University Collection.    
1992 Stedman Gallery, Rutgers University, African American Artists, 1880 to 1987   Exhibited “Patio Scene” from the Evans-Tibbs Collection.   [San Antonio, Texas?]
1999 – 2001 Conserve a Legacy, American Art from Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Travelling exhibition organized by the Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts, and The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York. Exhibited “Landscape” (or “Autumn in France”) from the Collection of Tuskegee University.    
2016 DuSable Museum, Chicago, Masterworks Collection Series 1:  Paintings.   Exhibited “Landscape – Provence, France”.    
         

Other paintings referenced in publications, but not appearing
in exhibitions:

1901   Student Work – Oil from life.* Photo of painting in Brush and Pencil, Vol.
7, No. 6 (Mar. 1901)
 

    Normandy Pines*   Eagles Nest Art Colony Collection, Oregon, Illinois
    In France Listed in Catalogue of Paintings, Etchings, Engravings and Sculpture of the Union League Club of Chicago, compiled by L. M. McCauley, pgs. 14 and 49 Union League Club of Chicago,
    Over the Hills (one of a group of landscape
sketches)
Listed in Catalogue of Paintings, Etchings, Engravings and Sculpture of the Union League Club of Chicago, compiled by L. M. McCauley, pgs. 14 and 49 Union League Club of Chicago