Doggett's Repository of Arts

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Portrait of John Doggett, proprietor, 19th century

Doggett's Repository of Arts (c. 1821-1825) was an art gallery in Boston, Massachusetts, located at 16 Market Street.[1] Its proprietor, John Doggett,[2] was a gilder and framer with a retail shop near the gallery (nos.18 and 20 Market Street). The gallery exhibited originals and copies of works by European masters such as Titian, Rembrandt, Watteau, and David, and a few American artists, such as Thomas Sully, Gilbert Stuart, Samuel F.B. Morse, Rembrandt Peale, and William Dunlap. By July 1825, the gallery was converted into retail space for Doggett's frame, mirror and carpet business.[3]


  • 1821
    • November - "Collection of cabinet paintings. ... Many of them have adorned the galleries of the Duke of Buckingham, Marquis of Stafford, Cardinal Woolsey, Lord Fife, Henry Hope, &c." 164 works, including (copies of) Rembrandt's "Achilles;" Titian; Watteau's "Garden at Versailles;" Sully's "Taking of Major Andre." Auctioned by Blake & Cunningham, Nov. 22[4][5]
  • 1822
    • March - Gilbert Stuart's portraits of "the five presidents of the United States:" George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe[6]
    • July - "The grand, new and original historical painting, representing the sufferings, death and burial of our lord and saviour Jesus Christ, containing 21 figures as large as life, and occupying more than 300 square feet (28 m2) of canvas."[7]
    • October - William Dunlap's "Christ rejected by the high priest and elders"[8][9][10]
  • 1823
    • February - Samuel F.B. Morse's view of the U.S. House of Representatives[11][12]
    • April - Thomas Sully's "Passage of the Delaware"[13][14]
    • August - Egyptian mummy: a "curious relic of antiquity, together with the sarcophagi in which it was contained, when taken from the catacombs of ancient Thebes"[15]
    • August - Rembrandt Peale's "Court of Death"[16]
    • December - Thomas Sully's "Capuchin Chapel"[17]
    • December - "Stollenwerk's mechanical and picturesque panorama": "a commercial city, with its active citizens, merchants, mechanicks, labourers, beggars and promenaders, together with ships, boats, &c. are seen at one view, and put in motion by machinery"[18][19][20][21]
  • 1824
    • April - "French and Italian engravings, just imported from France;" auctioned by J.L Cunningham[22]
    • July - "Paintings by some of the old masters, in handsome gilt frames, some of which were recently imported from London. ... Titian, Rubens, De Heem, Ruysdaal, Vanderveld, Brughel, Wouvermans;" also marble busts of Rubens and Raphael. Auctioned by J.L Cunningham on July 16.[23]
    • October - David's "Cain meditating the death of his brother Abel"[24][25][26]

Image gallery[edit]


  1. ^ Boston Directory, 1823 
  2. ^ Philipp P. Fehl (1973), "Thomas Sully's Washington's Passage of the Delaware: The History of a Commission", Art Bulletin, 55 (4) 
  3. ^ "John Doggett & Co.", Independent Chronicle and Boston Patriot, July 9, 1825 
  4. ^ Boston Commercial Gazette, 1821-11-15 
  5. ^ Boston Daily Advertiser, June 20, 1822 
  6. ^ Boston Daily Adverstiser, March 2, 1822 
  7. ^ Boston Daily Adverstiser, July 17, 1822 
  8. ^ Boston Commercial Gazette, Oct. 7, 1822 
  9. ^ William Dunlap (1918), A history of the rise and progress of the arts of design in the United States, 1, Boston: C.E. Goodspeed & Co. 
  10. ^ Maura Lyons (2005), William Dunlap and the construction of an American art history, Univ of Massachusetts Press 
  11. ^ Independent Chronicle & Boston Patriot, 1823-02-15 
  12. ^ "H.C. Pratt, agent." Independent Chronicle & Boston Patriot, Feb 22, 1823 
  13. ^ Independent Chronicle & Boston Patriot, 1823-06-14 
  14. ^ Collections, Museum of Fine Arts Boston 
  15. ^ Boston Daily Adverstiser, Aug 8, 1823 
  16. ^ Boston Daily Adverstiser, Aug 21, 1823 
  17. ^ Independent Chronicle & Boston Patriot, Dec 3, 1823 
  18. ^ Independent Chronicle & Boston Patriot, Dec. 17, 1823 
  19. ^ Independent Chronicle and Boston Patriot, 1824-01-24 
  20. ^ Boston Commercial Gazette, 1824-04-26 
  21. ^ "The Mechanical Panorama will shortly be removed from this city", Independent Chronicle & Boston Patriot, 1825-02-02 
  22. ^ Independent Chronicle & Boston Patriot, April 10, 1824 
  23. ^ Independent Chronicle & Boston Patriot, July 7, 1824 
  24. ^ Independent Chronicle & Boston Patriot, Oct 20, 1824 
  25. ^ Columbian Centinel American Federalist, 1825-01-01 
  26. ^ Columbian Centinel American Federalist, 1825-01-22 

Further reading[edit]

  • Descriptive Catalogue of Original Cabinet Paintings, now arranged in the Gallery, Doggett's Repository of Arts. Boston. 1821. Entrance at No. 16, Market-Street, and may be viewed every day, from 8 in the morning till sunset; being a truly splendid and valuable Collection of one hundred and sixty-four Cabinet Paintings in elegant frames; selected on the Continent of Europe, at the Expense of thirty thousand dollars, and are warranted to comprise the works of the Great Masters, from the 13th Century to the Present Time 

Coordinates: 42°21′34.58″N 71°3′27.81″W / 42.3596056°N 71.0577250°W / 42.3596056; -71.0577250