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The Bayou Bend Collection

Bayou Bend, the MFAH house museum for American decorative arts and paintings, features objects dating from 1620 through 1870. Not only are these works fine examples of American design and craftsmanship, but they also reflect the tastes, values, and aspirations of ordinary Americans. Today, the collection fulfills Miss Ima Hogg's dream that "Bayou Bend may serve as a bridge to bring us closer to the heart of an American heritage which unites us."

 
Easy Chair
Mahogany, eastern white pine, and maple
1760–1800
CHARLES WILLSON PEALE
Self-Portrait with Angelica and Portrait of Rachel
Oil on canvas
c. 1782–85
EDWARD HICKS
Peaceable Kingdom
Oil on canvas
c. 1826–28
High Chest of Drawers
Paint, gesso, gold leaf, eastern white pine, soft maple, and brass
1730–60
Great Chair
White oak
1640–85
High Chest
Black walnut and burled walnut veneer, soft maple, aspen, and eastern white pine
1700–1725
High Chest of Drawers
Mahogany, Atlantic white cedar, southern yellow pine, yellow poplar
1760–1800
Desk-and-Bookcase
Mahogany; eastern white pine
1780–1800
Armchair
Ash; painted and gilded, composition decoration; with original linen and horsehair foundation; gilded brass tacks; and modern silk cover
1785–1815
Attributed to the Shop of John and Thomas Seymour
Tambour Desk
Mahogany, inlay, enameled brass, eastern white pine, and red oak
1794–1810
BENJAMIN HENRY LATROBE, GEORGE BRIDPORT
Pair of Side Chairs
Gessoed, painted and gilded yellow poplar, oak, maple, and eastern white pine with cane
1808
Joanna Maxwell
Sampler
Silk on linen
1793
Tea Table
Mahogany; no secondary woods intact
1740–90
JOHN SINGLETON COPLEY
Portrait of a Boy
Oil on canvas
c. 1758–60
ROBERT FEKE
Portrait of Mrs. Samuel McCall, Sr.
Oil on canvas
1746
JAMES PEALE
Still Life with Vegetables
Oil on canvas
1826
JOHN SMIBERT
Portrait of Samuel Pemberton
Oil on canvas
1734
JOHN SMIBERT
Portrait of Mary Pemberton
Oil on canvas
1734
EDWARD HICKS
Penn's Treaty with the Indians
Oil on canvas
c. 1830–40