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The Gallery's American Collection Online

features American paintings from the late 1700s-1900s. Included are works by John Copley, Henry Tanner, John Sargent, James Whistler, Gilbert Stuart, and more. Much art of the American colonial period consisted of portraits, as settlers sought to establish their identities in a new world. After the new nation achieved its independence, landscapes and scenes of native flora, fauna, and folk customs began to express its unique qualities and illustrate its untapped resources. (National Gallery of Art)

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Martin Johnson Heade, 'Cattleya Orchid and Three Brazilian Hummingbirds,' 1871.  Gift of The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, 1982.73.1

Cattleya Orchid and Three Brazilian Hummingbirds

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