Dated Works

First and foremost, this page is not a catalogue raisonné. This is a collection of works by Bannister that are mentioned in this Annotated Bibliography on Edward and Christiana. The information and images contained in these pages are the result of the best effort of the author, using information available at the time of writing. While every effort was made to keep the information current and correct, there are no representations or warranties, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the information or images contained in these pages for any purpose and no attempt has been made to authenticate any of the paintings that appear in these pages.

The titles have been arranged chronologically. I created a separate page for undated works. I am especially grateful to Art historian and Providence Art Club Archivist Nancy Whipple Grinnell for her incredible generosity in sharing her wealth of knowledge about Edward and Christiana Bannister and for her invaluable assistance in assembling this selection of works by Edward Bannister and to Edward Shein for his encyclopedic knowledge of Bannister's work.

The Ship Outward Bound

Date, Dimensions, Medium

1854, oil on canvas

Provenance

Dr. John V. DeGrasse

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

In 1854, Edward received his first commission by Dr. John V. DeGrasse, “The Ship Outward Bound”. In an article in the Liberator that same year titled “Colored Genius,” William Cooper Nell described a visit to Dr.  DeGrasse’s study where he saw the painting.  He describes The Ship Outward Bound as having a fidelity in design, coloring and shade. Nell also writes on page 316 of The Colored Patriots of the Revolution published in 1855, "In the Doctor's study hangs his diploma, and a beautiful painting, ("The Ship Outward Bound,") executed by a young colored artist, Mr. EDWARD BANNISTER, which is enclosed in an elaborate gilt frame, the work of a young mechanic, Mr. JACOB ANDREWS,--the whole being a joint presentation to their professional friend. Such tributes of genius and skill harmonize well with every worthy effort for the elevation of those in this land with whom the donors are identified, by complexion and condition. Mentioned in Driskell, David. Two Centuries of Black American Art, p. 46. 

Dr. John V. DeGrasse

Date, Dimensions, Medium

c. 1854, oil on canvas, 23 x 19 

Provenance

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

Exhibited at Edward M. Bannister: A Centennial Retrospective. Roger King Gallery of Fine Art, Newport, RI & Kenkeleba House, NY. in 2001.

Lucretia Cordelia DeGrasse

Date, Dimensions, Medium

after 1852, pastel on paper, 15 ¼ x 12 ¼ in.

Provenance

Kenkeleba House, New York

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

Exhibited at Edward M. Bannister: A Centennial Retrospective. Roger King Gallery of Fine Art, Newport, RI & Kenkeleba House, NY. 2001, Kenkeleba House, New York. Exhibited at African Americans: Seeing and Seen, 1766-1916. New York: Babcock Galleries, 2010. Described by Tess Sol Schwab in catalogue on page 34 as "beautiful, thoughtful, lively and introspective."

Untitled (Rhode Island Seascape)

Date, Dimensions, Medium

c. 1856 Oil on canvas, 7 ¼ x 13 ½ in.

Provenance

Kenkeleba House

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

Exhibited at Edward Mitchell Bannister, 1828–1901. New York: Kenkeleba House, in 1992. Exhibited  at Edward M. Bannister: A Centennial Retrospective. Roger King Gallery of Fine Art, Newport, RI & Kenkeleba House, NY. 2001. 

Dorchester

Date, Dimensions, Medium

1856, oil on canvas, 14 1⁄8 x 20 1⁄8 in.

Provenance

Edward Shein to Dr. Charles Mandell to the Frederick Douglass Museum of African Art to the Smithsonian American Art Museum 

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

Portrait of Christiana Carteaux Bannister

Date, Dimensions, Medium

c. 1860, oil on canvas, 36 x 28 in.

Provenance

Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

Exhibited at 4 from Providence: Bannister, Prophet, Alston, Jennings: Black artists in the Rhode Island social landscape. Rhode Island College, 1978; Kenkeleba House, New York; Exhibited at Edward Mitchell Bannister, 1828–1901. New York: Kenkeleba House, 1992;  Exhibited at Newport Art Museum, 1992-2015; Exhibited at “My Greatest Successes Have Come Through Her,The Artistic Partnership of Edward and Christiana Bannister,” Gilbert Stuart Museum, Saunderstown, RI, 2018. Mentioned in Driskell, David. Two Centuries of Black American Art, p. 46. 

Prudence Nelson Bell

Date, Dimensions, Medium

1864 Oil on canvas, 25 x 2 in.

Provenance

Mrs. Charles W. Johnson, Jr.

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

Exhibited at Edward Mitchell Bannister, 1828–1901, New York: Kenkeleba House in 1992.

A Portrait of Garrison

Date, Dimensions, Medium

c. 1869

Provenance

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

Exhibited at The Studios of Providence, Upper Story, Ward Room, Benefit Street, Providence, RI. October in 1869.

Untitled (Man with Two Oxen)

Date, Dimensions, Medium

1869 Oil on canvas, 16 x 24 ¼

Provenance

Edward Shein to Dr. Peter A. Pizzarello to the Frederick Douglass Museum of African Art to the Smithsonian American Art Museum 

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

Exhibited at The Studios of Providence, Upper Story, Ward Room, Benefit Street, Providence, RI. October in 1869. Exhibited at Edward Mitchell Bannister, 1828–1901. New York: Kenkeleba House, 1992.

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Woman Walking with a Cow

Date, Dimensions, Medium

1869, oil on canvas, 22 x 29 ½ in

Provenance

Edward Shein to Francis Scola  to the Frederick Douglass Museum of African Art to the Smithsonian American Art Museum 

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

Untitled (Moon over Harbor)

Date, Dimensions, Medium

c. 1868, Oil on fiberboard, 9 5/8 x 15 ¼

Provenance

Edward Shein to H. Alan and Melvin Frank to the Frederick Douglass Museum of African Art to the Smithsonian American Art Museum 

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

Exhibited at Sharing Traditions: Five Black Artists in Nineteenth-Century America, National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution in 1985. Exhibited at Edward Mitchell Bannister, 1828–1901. New York: Kenkeleba House in 1992

Herdsman with Cows 

Date, Dimensions, Medium

1869, Oil on canvas, 31 ¼ x 51 ½

Provenance

Edward Shein to Harry Leven to the Frederick Douglass Museum of African Art to the Smithsonian American Art Museum 

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

Exhibited at Edward Mitchell Bannister, 1828–1901. New York: Kenkeleba House in 1992.

St. Luke

Date, Dimensions, Medium

c. 1869-1873, oil on canvas, 24 1⁄4 x 18 1⁄8 in. 

Provenance

Edward Shein to Alan M. Gilstein and William J. Piccerelli to the Frederick Douglass Museum of African Art to the Smithsonian American Art Museum 

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

Exhibited at Edward Mitchell Bannister, 1828–1901. New York: Kenkeleba House in 1992.

Governor Sprague's White Horse

Date, Dimensions, Medium

1869 Oil on canvas, 23 x 30 in.

Provenance

Manton Hoard  to C.H. Perkins to Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

Exhibited at 4 from Providence: Bannister, Prophet, Alston, Jennings: Black artists in the Rhode Island social landscape, Rhode Island College, Providence in 1978. Exhibited at Edward Mitchell Bannister, 1828–1901, New York: Kenkeleba House in 1992. Exhibited at “My Greatest Successes Have Come Through Her;” The Artistic Partnership of Edward and Christiana Bannister, Gilbert Stuart Museum, Saunderstown, RI, in 2018. 

Mentioned in the August 16, 1903, Providence Journal on page 8. Describes the painting as a "spirited one, portraying the horse as he is being shod. Also lists the first owner as Manton Hoard and then C.H. Perkins after Hoard's death.  

The Newspaper Boy

Date, Dimensions, Medium

 1869, oil on canvas, 30 ⅛ x 25 ⅛ in.

Provenance

Edward Shein to Jack Hafif and Frederick Weingeroff  to the Frederick Douglass Museum of African Art to the Smithsonian American Art Museum 

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

Exhibited at The Studios of Providence, Upper Story, Ward Room, Benefit Street, Providence, RI. October, 1869. Exhibited at the Providence Art Club, Exhibition on November 4 - 18, 1891. Exhibited at Sharing Traditions: Five Black Artists in Nineteenth-Century America, National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution in 1985. Discussed in Driskell, David. Two Centuries of Black American Art, p. 46, with image. 

At the Oakside Beach

Date, Dimensions, Medium

 late 1870s Oil on canvas, 8 ½ x 12 ½ in.

Provenance

Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence; Bequest of Isaac C. Bates

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

Exhibited at Edward Mitchell Bannister, 1828–1901. New York: Kenkeleba House in 1992. 

Streamside

Date, Dimensions, Medium

c. 1870, Oil on canvas, 14x21.

Provenance

Walter O. Evans Collection

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 


Scene Along the Connecticut River, Westmoreland

Date, Dimensions, Medium

 c. 1870, Oil on canvas, 20 x 30 in.

Provenance

Harvard Musical Association, Boston

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

Exhibited at Edward Mitchell Bannister, 1828–1901. New York: Kenkeleba House in 1992. 

Untitled (Dockyard Scene)

Date, Dimensions, Medium

1870, Conté crayon and pastels on beige wove paper, 20.3 x 27.3 in.  in. 

Provenance

Sold at auction on  February 17, 2011.

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

Sunny Landscape

Date, Dimensions, Medium

c. 1870 Oil on canvas, 22 x 36 in.

Provenance

Bomani Gallery, San Francisco

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

Exhibited at Edward Mitchell Bannister, 1828–1901. New York: Kenkeleba House in 1992. Number 47 in Driskell, David. Two Centuries of Black American Art.

Sunset 

Date, Dimensions, Medium

c. 1875-80, Oil on canvas, 20 1/4 x 28 1/8 in.

Provenance

Edward Shein to Elliot and Rhoda Liffland to the Frederick Douglass Museum of African Art to the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

Exhibited at Edward Mitchell Bannister, 1828–1901. New York: Kenkeleba House in 1992. Exhibited at Sharing Traditions: Five Black Artists in Nineteenth-Century America, National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution in 1985 

Train

Date, Dimensions, Medium

 c. 1875-80, Oil on canvas, 6 1/8 x 8 1/4 in.

Provenance

Edward Shein to Frederick and Joan Slatsky to the Frederick Douglass Museum of African Art to the Smithsonian American Art Museum 

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

Exhibited at Edward Mitchell Bannister, 1828–1901. New York: Kenkeleba House in 1992 

Untitled (Landscape with a Pond)

Date, Dimensions, Medium

c.1876, oil on canvas, 7.75 x 11.75 in.

Provenance

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

Exhibited at Narratives of African American Art and Identity: The David C. Driskell Collection. San Francisco: Pomegranate in 1998 

Oak Trees

Date, Dimensions, Medium

c.1876, oil on canvas, 33.8 x 60.2 in.

Provenance

Edward Shein to H. Alan and Melvin Frank to the Frederick Douglass Museum of African Art to the Smithsonian American Art Museum 

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

Color photo in Driskell, David. Two Centuries of Black American Art, p. 85, number 38 in same publication.  Mentioned in Driskell, David C. Hidden heritage : Afro-American art, 1800-1950. San Francisco: The Art Museum Association of America, 1985. Includes color photograph.


Under the Oaks

Date, Dimensions, Medium

c. 1876, oil on canvas, 48 x 78 in.

Provenance

Coming soon!

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

Drawing by E. M. Bannister of “Under the Oaks” from “Massachusetts Artists’ Centennial Album,” compiled by J. R. Osgood & Co., Boston, April 1876.


On March 21, 1876, The Providence Morning Star published a detailed description of “Under the Oaks” as follows, “The picture is six and a half by four feet, and enclosed in a rich and heavy gilt frame 8x51/2 feet. It represents a grove of oaks with a flock of sheep in the foreground, and the shepherd resting under the trees. Beyond the oaks are one or two quiet lakes, and in the extreme distance, looking across the plains, is a range of hills. Though simple in subject, the work is broad and comprehensive in treatment. It has such strength, repose and realism that there is a sort of magnetic influence which seems to make one a part of the scene itself instead of a mere spectator.” On April 4, 1876, the Boston Evening Transcript wrote an article about the paintings to be exhibited at the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia and which were on display at Boylston Street. The article says this about Edward’s "Under the Oaks," “One of the most notable landscapes in the collection hangs on the left wall of the larger gallery in the art club building. In the catalogue it appears as #25, “Under the Oaks,” and was painted by E. M. Bannister of Providence. The grouping of the trees in the foreground is admirable, while the effects of light and shade are such as none but a thorough student and lover of nature could have managed. The sky and distance are especially good.” The Massachusetts Artists’ Centennial Album compiled by J.R. Osgood & Co. and published in April of 1876 on page vi describes  Under the Oaks as A simple composition, and a picture quiet in color and low in tone, but with strong oppositions. The dark mass of a clump of great oak-trees fills the middle of the picture, and is seen in silhouette against-a light sky and the meadows beyond. Under the trees is a flock of sheep in the care of a shepherd and in the immediate foreground a pool of water. The general tone of the picture is gray. Size 48 by 78 inches


The Official Catalogue of the 1876 Centennial International Exhibition lists Bannister's painting “Under the Oaks” on page 42, number 935. Bannister’s name is also listed. Mentioned in Driskell, David. Two Centuries of Black American Art, p. 46. 


Mentioned in African-American artists - III.  New York : Bill Hodges Gallery, 2002.

Landscape Near Newport, Rhode Island

Date, Dimensions, Medium

c. 1877-1878, oil on canvas, 15 1/8 x 25 7/8

Provenance

Edward Shein to Ronald E. Deal to the Frederick Douglass Museum of African Art to the Smithsonian American Art Museum 

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

Exhibited at Sharing Traditions: Five Black Artists in Nineteenth-Century America, National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution in 1985.

Untitled (Trees and Shrubbery)

Date, Dimensions, Medium

1877 Oil on canvas, 10 x 13 1/4

Provenance

Collection of Allan S. Noonan, M.D.; courtesy Wendell Street Gallery, Cambridge. Massachusetts

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

Exhibited at Edward Mitchell Bannister, 1828–1901, New York: Kenkeleba House in 1992.

Rocks near Newport 

Date, Dimensions, Medium

ca. 1877-1885, oil on canvas, 12 x 18 1⁄8 in.

Provenance

Edward Shein to Louis Glaser and Dennis H. Sheahan to the Frederick Douglass Museum of African Art to the Smithsonian American Art Museum 

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

Exhibited at Edward Mitchel Bannister: memorial exhibition, Providence Art Club in May 1901. 

Hillside Pasture

Date, Dimensions, Medium

1877, Oil on canvas mounted on board, 20 x 30.

Provenance

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Louis Glaser, Dennis H. Sheahan

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

Exhibited at Edward Mitchell Bannister, 1828–1901. New York: Kenkeleba House in 1992; Exhibited at the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association, Catalogue of  the Department of Fine Arts, Fourteenth Exhibition, Boston: By the Association, 1881.

Untitled (Cow Herd in Pastoral Landscape)

Date, Dimensions, Medium

1877, oil on linen canvas, 27.99 x 47.99 in 

Provenance

Sold at auction by Swann Auction Galleries, Oct 06, 2016 - Sale 2424. Harry DeGrummond, Salado, Texas; private collection, Texas (1980); thence by descent to the current owner, private collection, Oklahoma. This painting was found in the contents of Twelve Oaks, a historic two-story stone mansion in Salado, Texas, when it was purchased with the DeGrummond estate in 1980. 

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

Exhibited at Edward Mitchell Bannister, 1828–1901. New York: Kenkeleba House in 1992.

This impressive scene of a herd of cows in a Rhode Island landscape is a large and significant mid-career painting by Edward Mitchell Bannister. The pastoral scene is rendered in rich harmonious tonalities captured in the light at dawn. The herdsman at the center of the horizon brings the viewer into a composition that shows Bannister's affinities with the Barbizon masters Jean-François Millet and Camille Corot. Upon closer inspection, Bannister's impastoed brush strokes and palette knife application in the foreground also show the influence of Gustave Courbet. - description by Swann Auction Galleries.

Fishing Shacks

Date, Dimensions, Medium

ca. 1877-1885, oil on wood, 10 58 x 13 78 in 

Provenance

Edward Shein to Howard S. and Dorothy Lampal to the Frederick Douglass Museum of African Art to the Smithsonian American Art Museum 

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

Newport

Date, Dimensions, Medium

 c. 1877, oil on waxed canvas, 17 x 28 78 in. 

Provenance

Edward Shein to Gerald Scher to the Frederick Douglass Museum of African Art to the Smithsonian American Art Museum 

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

The Palmer River, Rehoboth, Massachusetts

Date, Dimensions, Medium

 1877, oil on fiberboard, 14 15/16 x 10 1/8

Provenance

Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence; Bequest of Isaac C. Bates .

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

Exhibited at Edward Mitchell Bannister, 1828–1901. New York: Kenkeleba House in 1992 

Tree Landscape

Date, Dimensions, Medium

c. 1877,  20 18 x 29 78 in. 

Provenance

Edward Shein to H. Alan and Melvin Frank to the Frederick Douglass Museum of African Art to the Smithsonian American Art Museum 

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

Landscape

Date, Dimensions, Medium

1878 oil on canvas, 7.9 x 12.9 in.

Provenance

Rhode Island School of Design, bequest of Isaac C. Bates  

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

One Voice, Many Visions, Work By African American Artists, Feb 20, 1998 – Jun 14, 1998; Days Gone By, Jul 01, 1971 – Sep 26, 1971; Small Exhibition of Works by Negro Artists, Nov 10, 1957 – Nov 17, 1957.

Woman on a Road Near a Stream

Date, Dimensions, Medium

late 1870s Oil on canvas, 15 1/2 x 21 1/2

Provenance

Collection of Judge Frederick L. Brown; courtesy Wendell Street Gallery, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

Exhibited at Edward Mitchell Bannister, 1828–1901. New York: Kenkeleba House in 1992.

Landscape

Date, Dimensions, Medium

1879, oil on canvas, 5 ½  x 10½

Provenance

Barnett Aden Gallery.

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

Exhibited at Amistad II: Afro-American Art, The Department of Art, Fisk University in 1975.

Untitled (Landscape with Moored Boat)

Date, Dimensions, Medium

1879, oil on canvas, 14 x 20 in.

Provenance

Edward Shein toJoseph Sinclair to the Frederick Douglass Museum of African Art to the Smithsonian American Art Museum 

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

Exhibited at Edward Mitchell Bannister, 1828–1901. New York: Kenkeleba House in 1992. 

Landscape with Woman Walking on Path

Date, Dimensions, Medium

1879, oil on wood panel, 6.25 x 10 in.

Provenance

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

Michael Rosenfeld Gallery  

Untitled (River Landscape)

Date, Dimensions, Medium

1879, Oil on linen canvas, 1879, 12x15 in.

Provenance

Sold by Swann Auction Galleries, New York, NY on December 10, 2020. Private collection, Pennsylvania.

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 


Docks at Dusk

Date, Dimensions, Medium

Oil on thin wood panel, circa late 1870s, 7½x10 inches.  

Provenance

Frank Tolles Chamberlin, thence by descent, private collection, California and New Mexico; private collection, New Mexico (2022).  Swann Auction Galleries, Sale 2664 - Lot 1, April 4, 2024.

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

"Frank Tolles Chamberlin (1873 - 1961) was a landscape painter, and sculptor who lived and worked in California. His wife was Catherine Beecher Stetson, the only daughter of Rhode Island painter Charles Walter Stetson, a close friend and colleague of Bannister's. Stetson and Bannister were part of a small group of artists who founded the Providence Art Club in 1880. 


This oil sketch is a wonderful scene of moored ships in what appears to be the harbor of 1870s Providence - the buildings and smoke stacks looming in the backgound are similar to contemporaneous images. Bannister would paint such small plein air studies on board, sometimes to develop into larger paintings in the studio. A similiar docks scene is found in his oil painting, Providence River (1881)."  From Swann Auction Galleries

Untitled (Woodcutter on a Path)

Date, Dimensions, Medium

1879 Oil on canvas, 16x22 in.

Provenance

Edward Shein to Louis Glaser to the Frederick Douglass Museum of African Art to the Smithsonian American Art Museum  

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

Exhibited at Edward Mitchell Bannister, 1828–1901. New York: Kenkeleba House in 1992.

Landscape, Clouds 

Date, Dimensions, Medium

1880s Oil on canvas, 5x8 in.

Provenance

Collection of Warren and Charlynn Goins. 

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

Exhibited at Edward Mitchell Bannister, 1828–1901. New York: Kenkeleba House in 1992.

Newport, Rhode Island 

Date, Dimensions, Medium

1880s, graphite on paper,  13.97x21.59 cm 

Provenance

Amistad Research Center, New Orleans, LA. 

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

(Untitled) Landscape with Cows 

Date, Dimensions, Medium

1880s Watercolor on paper, 6.75x10 in.

Provenance

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

Exhibited at Narratives of African American Art and Identity: The David C. Driskell Collection. San Francisco: Pomegranate in 1998 

Expansive Landscape

Date, Dimensions, Medium

1880s watercolor on board, 71/2x103/4  in.

Provenance

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

Sold at auction by Black Art Auction, Thom Pegg, Tyler Fine Art, Saint Louis on May 22, 2021, Lot 81.

Newport Scene

Date, Dimensions, Medium

ca. 1880-1889, watercolor and pencil on paper mounted on paperboard, 13 18 x 19 in.  

Provenance

Edward Shein to Louis Glaser to the Frederick Douglass Museum of African Art to the Smithsonian American Art Museum 

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

Untitled (Bridgewater, NH)

Date, Dimensions, Medium

circa 1880s, watercolor on thin wove paper, 7x10 1/2 in  

Provenance

Sold by Swann Auction Galleries on October 29, 20023 from private collection in Florida. 

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

Little Compton, Rhode Island

Date, Dimensions, Medium

c.1880, oil on mahogany panel, 17 1/2 x 13 1/2  in  

Provenance

Harmon and Harriet Kelley Collection.

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

Exhibited at The Harmon and Harriet Kelley Collection of African American Art. San Antonio Museum of Art in 1994 (San Antonio venue).

Shoreline with Boats, Rhode Island

Date, Dimensions, Medium

c. 1880, oil on canvas, 20 x 30 in. 

Provenance

Sold at auction by Black Art Auction, Thom Pegg, Tyler Fine Art, Saint Louis on March 12, 2022.

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 


Landscape with a Stream

Date, Dimensions, Medium

c. 1880, oil on academy board, 17 1/2 x 8 in 

Provenance

Sold at auction by Black Art Auction, Thom Pegg, Tyler Fine Art, Saint Louis on March 12, 2022.

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 


Passed Storm

Date, Dimensions, Medium

ca. 1880, oil on artist board, 6 1/4 × 8 1/4 in

Provenance

Montclair Art Museum.

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

Exhibited at  100 Works for 100 Years: A Centennial Celebration, Montclair Art Museum, 2014. Exhibited at Alexandre Gallery at The American Art Fair 2017. 

Kid's Road 

Date, Dimensions, Medium

1880s, oil on canvas, 5x8 in

Provenance

 Collection of Warren and Charlynn Goins

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

Exhibited at Edward Mitchell Bannister, 1828–1901. New York: Kenkeleba House in 1992. Exhibited at Edward M. Bannister: A Centennial Retrospective. Roger King Gallery of Fine Art, Newport, RI & Kenkeleba House, NY in 2001.

Untitled (Landscape with Waterfall) 

Date, Dimensions, Medium

1880s Oil on canvas, 24 x 36 in.

Provenance

Private Collection

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

Exhibited at Edward Mitchell Bannister, 1828–1901. New York: Kenkeleba House in 1992. 

Untitled (Man on Horseback, Woman on Foot Driving Cattle)

Date, Dimensions, Medium

1880 Oil on canvas, 16 1/8 x 22 1/8 in.

Provenance

Edward Shein to H. Alan and Melvin Frank to the Frederick Douglass Museum of African Art to the Smithsonian American Art Museum 

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

Exhibited at Edward Mitchell Bannister, 1828–1901. New York: Kenkeleba House in 1992.

Heading Home from Haymaking

Date, Dimensions, Medium

1880, oil on board

Provenance

The Collection of Dr. Dianne Whitfield-Locke and Dr. Carnell Locke, Maryland 

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

Sold by Black Art Auction, Saint Louis, MO on May 16, 2020.

Landscape and Boat 

Date, Dimensions, Medium

c.1880, oil on canvas, 17 1/2 x 29 1/4

Provenance

Collection of Harmon and Harriet Kelley.

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

Exhibited at The Harmon and Harriet Kelley Collection of African American Art. San Antonio: San Antonio Museum of Art, 1994. "In Landscape and Boat, Bannister explores the massing of shapes, created through sharp contrasts of light and shade." - Exhibition catalogue.

Walking Along a Path

Date, Dimensions, Medium

c. 1880 Oil on canvas, 5 3/4 x 9 1/2 in.

Provenance

Collection of Judge Frederick L Brown

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

Exhibited at Edward Mitchell Bannister, 1828–1901. New York: Kenkeleba House in 1992. 

Migration at Sunset

Date, Dimensions, Medium

c. 1880 Oil on canvas

Provenance

Chrysler Museum of Art

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

Woman Standing Near a Pond

Date, Dimensions, Medium

 1880, oil on canvas, 16 1/4 x 22 1/4 in.

Provenance

Saint Louis Art Museum 

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

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Untitled

Date, Dimensions, Medium

 c. 1880, oil on cardstock board, 6 1/4 x 8 1/4 in.

Provenance

Private Connecticut collection

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

Sold at Swann Galleries, New York on  06 February 2007 for $24,000.

Doryman

Date, Dimensions, Medium

  c. 1880, oil on canvas, 23 x 36 in.

Provenance

Kenkeleba Gallery, New York.

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

Exhibited at African Americans: Seeing and Seen, 1766-1916. New York: Babcock Galleries in 2010. Image appears on page35.

Providence River

Date, Dimensions, Medium

  c. 1880, watercolor on paper, 73/4 x 111/2 in. 

Provenance

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

Exhibited by 100 Works for 100 Years: A Centennial Celebration, Montclair Art Museum, 2014. Exhibited by Alexandre Gallery at The American Art Fair 2017. 

Last Glow

Date, Dimensions, Medium

  1881, oil on burlap, 28 ¼  x 36 in.

Provenance

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Art and Artifacts Division; The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox, and Tilden Foundation 

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

Exhibited at Edward Mitchell Bannister, 1828–1901. New York: Kenkeleba House, 1992.

Fishing

Date, Dimensions, Medium

  1881, oil on canvas, 30  x 50 in.

Provenance

Collection of Edward Shein.

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

Untitled (Cows Descending Hillside)

Date, Dimensions, Medium

1881, oil on burlap, 11 ⅛  x 15 in.

Provenance

Edward Shein to Louis Glaser to the Frederick Douglass Museum of African Art to the Smithsonian American Art Museum 

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

Exhibited at Edward Mitchell Bannister, 1828–1901. New York: Kenkeleba House in 1992. 

Driving Home the Cows

Date, Dimensions, Medium

 1881, oil on canvas, 32 x 50 in.

Provenance

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of G. William Miller 

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

Exhibited at Edward Mitchel Bannister: Memorial Exhibition Providence Art Club in May 1901 owned by George H. Ames; exhibited at Edward Mitchell Bannister, 1828-1901, Providence Artist on March 23 - April 3, 1966, Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Miller Collection; exhibited at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Selections of Nineteenth-Century Afro-American Art. in 1976. Exhibited at Edward Mitchell Bannister; The Barbizon School in Providence, Olney Street Baptist Church, Providence, August 1-15, 1965. Number 39 in Driskell, David. Two Centuries of Black American Art.

Woodland Interior

Date, Dimensions, Medium

 c. 1881, oil on canvas, 36 x 24

Provenance

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

Exhibited at Edward M. Bannister: A Centennial Retrospective. Roger King Gallery of Fine Art, Newport, RI & Kenkeleba House, NY in 2001. 

Gathering Clouds

Date, Dimensions, Medium

 1881, oil on canvas, 9 x 12 in. 

Provenance

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

Exhibited at Christie's, 19th and 20th Century American Paintings, Drawings, Watercolors and Sculpture in 1989.

The Storm

Date, Dimensions, Medium

 1881, oil on canvas, 4 x 8 in.

Provenance

Edward Shein to J. Wesley Johnson to the Frederick Douglass Museum of African Art to the Smithsonian American Art Museum 

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

At Smith's Place, Narragansett Bay 

Date, Dimensions, Medium

 1881, oil on canvas, 22 x 30 in 

Provenance

Acquired by Anson and France Viets, Springfield, MA (c. 1920s); thence by descent, private collection, Maine.

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

Exhibited at the Twenty-third Exhibition of the Boston Art Club, Boston, MA on January 29 - February 9, 1881; sold on October 19, 2023 by Swann Auction Galleries in New York for $137,000..

Providence Harbor

Date, Dimensions, Medium

 1881, oil on canvas, 14 ¼  x 20 ¼ in. 

Provenance

Mr. & Mrs. David E. Leven.

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

Exhibited at Hidden heritage : Afro-American art, 1800-1950. San Francisco: The Art Museum Association of America, 1985. Exhibited at Edward M. Bannister: A Centennial Retrospective. Roger King Gallery of Fine Art, Newport, RI & Kenkeleba House, NY in 2001. Exhibited at “My Greatest Successes Have Come Through Her;” The Artistic Partnership of Edward and Christiana Bannister, Gilbert Stuart Museum, Saunderstown, RI, in 2018. 

Ocean Cliffs

Date, Dimensions, Medium

 1881, oil on canvas, 10 x 16 in.

Provenance

Edward Shein to H. Alan and Melvin Frank to the Frederick Douglass Museum of African Art to the Smithsonian American Art Museum 

Exhibition and Bibliographic History 

Exhibited at Providence Art Club, Edward Mitchel Bannister: Memorial Exhibition on  May 1901, Collection of Mrs. George H. Corliss. 

Untitled (Landscape with woman seated by a stone wall)

Date, Dimensions, Medium

 1881, oil on linen canvas, 16 x 22 in.

Provenance

Norton Museum of Art, Palm Beach

Exhibition and Bibliographic History . 

Edward Mitchell Bannister’s two landscapes in the Norton Museum of Art collection present the New England countryside at its most contemplative. In the earlier work from 1881, a woman sits in the shadows of great trees whose trunks and branches frame her against a sunlit forest glade. The crimson ribbon on her hat, a counterpoint to the bright green and yellow tones of the open space, calls attention to the figure as she reads. Across the glade a steep hillside dense with foliage rises to the top of the canvas. Through branches high above the woman’s head, we glimpse clouds and blue sky. By Glenn Tomlinson, William Randolph Hearst Curator of Education, Norton Museum of Art 

Pastoral Landscape

Date, Dimensions, Medium

 1881, oil on canvas, 51.8 x 76.5 

Provenance

Sold at auction by Sotheby's, New York,  Art of the Americas Lot 28, on Jan 18, 2023. 

Exhibition and Bibliographic History . 

Landscape with Cow and Female Figure

Date, Dimensions, Medium

 c. 1881, watercolor on cream wove paper,  13 ¼  x 19  ¼ in.

Provenance

Exhibition and Bibliographic History

Exhibited at Two Centuries of Black American Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art on September 30 - November 21, 1976. Exhibited at Edward M. Bannister 1928-1901: A Centennial Retrospective, Roger King Gallery, Newport, RI on  October 21 - November 30, 2001, and Kenkeleba House, New York, NY on  December 12, 2001 - February 9, 2002. 

Grazing Sheep 

Date, Dimensions, Medium

 1881, oil on canvas, 22 ¼ x 30 ¼  in.

Provenance

Private collection.

Exhibition and Bibliographic History

Exhibited at  Edward M. Bannister: A Centennial Retrospective. Roger King Gallery of Fine Art, Newport, RI & Kenkeleba House, NY in 2001.

Woman Walking Down Path

Date, Dimensions, Medium

 c. 1882, oil on canvas, 20 x 30 in.

Provenance

Edward Shein to Joseph Sinclair to the Frederick Douglass Museum of African Art to the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Exhibition and Bibliographic History

Exhibited at  Sharing Traditions: Five Black Artists in Nineteenth-Century America, Smithsonian American Art Museum, in 1985. 

Untitled (Landscape with cows in stream near trees)

Date, Dimensions, Medium

1882, oil on canvas, 36 x 48 in.

Provenance

Edward Shein to Ronald E. Deal to the Frederick Douglass Museum of African Art to the Smithsonian American Art Museum 

Exhibition and Bibliographic History

Five Cows in a Pasture

Date, Dimensions, Medium

c. 1882-1884, oil on canvas, 40 x 60 in.

Provenance

Edward Shein to H. Alan and Melvin Frank to the Frederick Douglass Museum of African Art to the Smithsonian American Art Museum 

Exhibition and Bibliographic History

Exhibited at Sharing Traditions: Five Black Artists in Nineteenth-Century America, Smithsonian American Art Museum,  in 1985 

Sad Memories

Date, Dimensions, Medium

1882, charcoal mounted on paper, 8 7/8 x 6 in.

Provenance

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of G. William Miller.

Exhibition and Bibliographic History

Exhibited at Olney Street Baptist Church Memorial Exhibition, August 1, 1965; Exhibited at Edward Mitchell Bannister, 1828-1901, Providence Artist on March 23 -April 3, 1966, Miller Collection, Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design.

Oyster Raking, Hudson River

Date, Dimensions, Medium

1882, charcoal on paper, 9 x 5 ½ in.

Provenance

Roger King Fine Arts, Newport, RI

Exhibition and Bibliographic History

Exhibited at Edward M. Bannister: A Centennial Retrospective. Roger King Gallery of Fine Art, Newport, RI & Kenkeleba House, NY in 2001.

Landscape with Trees and Pond

Date, Dimensions, Medium

1882, oil on board, 12 x 15 ½  in.

Provenance

Sold by Shannon's, Milford, CT on November 19, 2020

Exhibition and Bibliographic History


Summer Meadow

Date, Dimensions, Medium

1883, Oil on canvas, 9 x 12 in.

Provenance

Collection of Dr. Gregory Wells and Dr. Sheila Allison-Wells

Exhibition and Bibliographic History

Exhibited at Edward Mitchell Bannister, 1828–1901. New York: Kenkeleba House in 1992. 

River Landscape at Sunset

Date, Dimensions, Medium

1883, oil on canvas laid on masonite, 27 x 36 in. 

Provenance

Sold by Grogan & Company, Dedham on 30 Sep 2012. 

Exhibition and Bibliographic History

Sunset

Date, Dimensions, Medium

 1883, oil on canvas, 16 x 24 in. 

Provenance

G. William Miller.

Exhibition and Bibliographic History

Exhibited at Edward Mitchell Bannister, 1828-1901, Providence Artist on March 23 -April 3, 1966; exhibited at  American Art in the Barbizon Mood, Smithsonian American Art Museum, on January 23 - April 20, 1975. Exhibited at Selections of Nineteenth-Century Afro-American Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1976. 

The Evening Track 

Date, Dimensions, Medium

 1883, oil on canvas, 9 x 13 in.

Provenance

Collection of Dr. Gregory Wells and Dr. Sheila Allison-Wells. 

Exhibition and Bibliographic History

Exhibited at Edward Mitchell Bannister, 1828–1901. New York: Kenkeleba House in 1992.

River Scene 

Date, Dimensions, Medium

 1883, oil on canvas

Provenance

Honolulu Museum of Art.

Exhibition and Bibliographic History

Landscape 

Date, Dimensions, Medium

 1883, oil on canvas,  20x24 in.

Provenance

Sold at auction by Swann Auction Galleries, New York, NY on June 08, 2010

Exhibition and Bibliographic History

Untitled (Landscape of a marsh and cows through a forest)

Date, Dimensions, Medium

 1883, pastel and gouache on paper.

Provenance

Sold by Roland Auctions, Glen Cove, NY on June 03, 2023.

Exhibition and Bibliographic History

Homestead

Date, Dimensions, Medium

 1883, oil on canvas, 34 x 44 in. 

Provenance

Sold by Roland Auctions, Glen Cove, NY on June 03, 2023.

Exhibition and Bibliographic History

Four Cows in a Meadow

Date, Dimensions, Medium

 1883, oil on canvas, 12 x 19 in.

Provenance

Newport At Museum on loan from Bannister Nursing Care Center.

Exhibition and Bibliographic History

Exhibited at York, Edward Mitchell Bannister, 1828–1901. New York: Kenkeleba House, 1992. Exhibited at Barbizon to Impressionism, Rhode Island Painters of the Late Nineteenth Century, Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI, October 27, 2007-January 27, 2008. 

Untitled (Girl in a Meadow)

Date, Dimensions, Medium

1884, oil on canvas, 18 x 26 in.

Provenance

Collection of Francis and Patricia Scola.

Exhibition and Bibliographic History

Exhibited at Edward Mitchell Bannister, 1828–1901. New York: Kenkeleba House, 1992

"Another  motif  found  often  in  Bannister's  paintings  — among  others,  Untitled  (Woodcutter  on  a  Path)  (1879),  The  Evening Track  (1883),  Untitled  (Girl  in  a  Meadow)  (1884),  Road  to a  House  with  Red  Roof  ( 1 880)  —  is  the  winding  road  through  the landscape,  with  the  human  traveler  positioned  as  observer, one  who  passes  through  God's  handiwork.  Bannister  identifies the  artist's  duty  to  represent  "the  beautiful  phenomena  of  the heavens  above,  or  the  earth  beneath  them.  .  .  .  reading  the great  three  leaved  book  of  nature  .  .  .  land,  and  Sky,  and  water .  .  .  reverently  and  lovingly.  .  .  Bannister's  intellectual bent  and  deep  religious  principles  created  the  philosophical underpinnings  of  his  approach  to  the  landscape.  He  was  part of  the  tradition  of  artist-thinkers,  among  them  Washington Allston  and  Asher  B.  Durand,  who  worked  to  clarify  and  verbalize their  vision  and  practice  of  art." from Reaching  Through  the  Veil:  African-American  Artist  Edward  Mitchell  Bannister by Juanita  Marie  Holland.

Untitled #1

Date, Dimensions, Medium

1880s, pastel on paper, 9.75 x 13.

Provenance

Exhibition and Bibliographic History

Mentioned in African-American artists - III.  New York : Bill Hodges Gallery, 2002. "It is my learned of more than 25 years of selling works of art, that the works appearing on this page of the catalogue and again I make the careful distinction of in my 'opinion' that these works are the very rare and unknown works of Edward Bannister."

Untitled #2

Date, Dimensions, Medium

1880s, pastel on paper, 10.25 x 13.25.

Provenance

Exhibition and Bibliographic History

Mentioned in African-American artists - III.  New York : Bill Hodges Gallery, 2002. "It is my learned of more than 25 years of selling works of art, that the works appearing on this page of the catalogue and again I make the careful distinction of in my 'opinion' that these works are the very rare and unknown works of Edward Bannister."

Untitled #3

Date, Dimensions, Medium

1880s, pastel on paper, 10 x 13.25.

Provenance

Exhibition and Bibliographic History

Mentioned in African-American artists - III.  New York : Bill Hodges Gallery, 2002. "It is my learned of more than 25 years of selling works of art, that the works appearing on this page of the catalogue and again I make the careful distinction of in my 'opinion' that these works are the very rare and unknown works of Edward Bannister."

Untitled #4

Date, Dimensions, Medium

1880s, pastel on paper, 10 x 13.75.

Provenance

Exhibition and Bibliographic History

Mentioned in African-American artists - III.  New York : Bill Hodges Gallery, 2002. "It is my learned of more than 25 years of selling works of art, that the works appearing on this page of the catalogue and again I make the careful distinction of in my 'opinion' that these works are the very rare and unknown works of Edward Bannister."


Untitled

Date, Dimensions, Medium

 1884, oil on wood, 4 1⁄4 x 11 in.

Provenance

Edward Shein to John A. Hofheins to the Frederick Douglass Museum of African Art to the Smithsonian American Art Museum 

Exhibition and Bibliographic History

Landscape, Field and Woods

Date, Dimensions, Medium

 1885, watercolor and pencil on thin wove paper, 4 x 7 in. 

Provenance

Petrucci Family Foundation, 2024; Sold at auction on February 14, 2013 by Swann Galleries, New York.

Exhibition and Bibliographic History

Landscape with Man on a Horse

Date, Dimensions, Medium

 c. 1884, oil on canvas, 26 x 40 ⅛ in.

Provenance

Edward Shein to Irwin M. Sparr to the Frederick Douglass Museum of African Art to the Smithsonian American Art Museum 

Exhibition and Bibliographic History

Exhibited at Sharing Traditions: Five Black Artists in Nineteenth-Century America, National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution in 1985. 

Narragansett Pier

Date, Dimensions, Medium

 c. 1884, watercolor on paper, 8 x 12 in.

Provenance

Roger King Fine Arts, Newport, RI. 

Exhibition and Bibliographic History

Exhibited at Edward M. Bannister: A Centennial Retrospective. Roger King Gallery of Fine Art, Newport, RI & Kenkeleba House, NY in 2001. 

Harvest

Date, Dimensions, Medium

 c. 1884, oil on canvas, 30 x 22 in. 

Provenance

Herbert Weinberg, New York, NY; to Estate of Herbert Weinberg, New York, NY; (Christie’s, New York, NY), September 29, 1999, sale 8283, lot 64 (as Farmer Pushing a Wheelbarrow); purchased by Michael Rosenfeld and halley k harrisburg, New York, NY; (Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, NY); given to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR, 2014 

Exhibition and Bibliographic History

Sold at auction by Christie's, East on 29 September 1999 for $25,300. Exhibited at African American art: 200 years: 40 distinctive voices reveal the breadth of nineteenth and twentieth century art. New York, NY: Michael Rosenfeld Gallery on January 11 - March 15, 2020.

Moonlight off Bailey's Beach, Newport, R. I. 

Date, Dimensions, Medium

 c. 1885 

Provenance

J. Harwood and Louise B. Cochrane Fund for American Art.

Exhibition and Bibliographic History

Exhibited  at the Autumn Exhibition, Providence Art Club on November 11, 1885, listed for sale. Described in the November 13, 1885 Providence Journal on page 8 as “decidedly cold and unpleasant in color, though the water is painted with considerable movement, and pours over the rocks with a realistic sweep and rush.”

Driving Home the Cows

Date, Dimensions, Medium

c.1885, oil on canvas, 21 x 29 ½ in. 

Provenance

The Harmon and Harriet Kelley Collection

Exhibition and Bibliographic History

Exhibited at The Harmon and Harriet Kelley Collection of African American Art. San Antonio Museum of Art in 1994 (San Antonio venue). 

East Hancock Harbor

Date, Dimensions, Medium

c. 1885, 8 x 12, oil on canvas 

Provenance

Sold at auction by Bill Hodges Gallery, NY.

Exhibition and Bibliographic History

Exhibited at Encore, Bill Hodges Gallery, NY, Aug 14-Sep 6, 2014 .  Image appears on page 36 in Norman W. Lewis, et al., Bill Hodges Gallery catalogue, 2017.

The Oxen Wagon

Date, Dimensions, Medium

c. 1885, oil on canvas, 16 x 24 in.

Provenance

Exhibition and Bibliographic History

Exhibited at African American art: 200 years: 40 distinctive voices reveal the breadth of nineteenth and twentieth century art, New York, NY: Michael Rosenfeld Gallery on January 11 - March 15, 2008. Exhibited at Edward M. Bannister: A Centennial Retrospective. Roger King Gallery of Fine Art, Newport, RI & Kenkeleba House, NY in 2001. 

Lady with a Bouquet

Date, Dimensions, Medium

c. 1885, oil on canvas, 32 x 24 in

Provenance

Exhibition and Bibliographic History

Exhibited at Edward Mitchell Bannister, 1828-1901, Providence Artist on March 23 -April 3, 1966, Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, lent by Providence Art Club. 

Sabin's Point

Date, Dimensions, Medium

c.