Purchase a digital download of the article “M. J. Whipple’s New England Scenery From Nature Series: ‘A Yearbook’ of Tappan & Bradford Artists, 1849-1852” by Jourdan Moore Houston from Imprint, Vol. 27, no. 2 (Autumn 2002), 27-44.
In 1849, to generate interest in homegrown art, members of the Boston Artists’ Association contributed to a bound portfolio of lithographs of regional scenes published by M. J. Whipple, a dealer in artists, materials, and lithographed by Tappan & Bradford. Houston’s research has turned up several lithographs thought to be from this rare first portfolio and evidence of at least three more bound issues with the same title (more or less) published between 1849 and 1852. Houston recounts Whipple’s contributions to the Boston art community and what is known about a number of the artists and printmakers, including Francis Nalder Mitchell, William Henry Tappan, Edward Augustus Fowle, Benjamin Franklin Smith, Jr., Richard Parrott Mallory, and teachers Edward Seager, Frederick D. Williams, William N. Bartholomew, Henry Hitchings, and Benjamin Franklin Nutting.