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[The Warren mastodon]

Identifier: Art Survey No. 729

Scope and Contents

Standing skeleton of mastodon in natural environment with another mastodon in the background. On label (originally mounted on verso of painting): This picture was acquired as part of the Warren Collection. While there was no information with it, comparison with the central figure of the Frontipiece in the original (1852) edition of Warren's The Mastodon giganteus of North America proves it to be the probable original of that figure. It is marked B.F. Nutting, pinx. 1846. Painting mounted on brown sheet of heavy paper, 55 x 76 cm.


  • 1846


Biographical / Historical

Nutting was a portrait and landscape painter who also worked as a lithographer with Currier.

The skeleton, commonly known as the Warren mastodon, is in the American Museum of Natural History. It was discovered in Aug. 1845 by Nathaniel Brewster on his farm in Newburgh, N.Y.


1 Item : painting : watercolor and pencil on paper ; 49 x 70 cm.

Indexed in

Warren, J.C. The Mastodon giganteus of North America. Boston: Wilson, 1852, plate 29.
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Repository Details

Part of the Museum Archives at the Gottesman Research Library Repository

American Museum of Natural History
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