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The Landing of Roger Williams

By Mariani Lefas-Tetenes
  • RISDM 43-003

Alonzo Chappel
American, 1828-1887
The Landing of Roger Williams in 1636, 1857
Oil on canvas
50.8 x 61.3 cm (20 x 24 1/8 inches)
Museum Works of Art Fund 43.003

Alonzo Chappel’s The Landing of Roger Williams in 1636 offers the opportunity to examine how a historical account from the 17th century was used to assemble a narrative that served the politics of 19th-century audiences. Lorén Spears, executive director of the Tomaquag Museum, reflects on this representation and its consequences.

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These audio recordings relate to an article about the painting available in Manual / Issue six: Assemblage which is available to purchase here.

Mariani Lefas-Tetenes
Assistant Director, School and Teacher Programs