"An important contribution to nineteenth-century American art scholarship" The Magazine Antiques
"The latest in a sequence of stellar publications that throw open new windows onto the holdings of the New-York Historical Society"Katherine Manthorne, Professor of American Art, Graduate Center, City University of New York
"Adds greatly to our understanding of how nineteenth-century paintings told stories"Marc Simpson, Associate Director of the Graduate Program in the History of Art, Williams College.
"Exquisitely illustrated with both recognized and under-appreciated masterpieces"Holly Pyne Connor, Ph.D., Curator of 19th-Century American Art, Newark Museum
"[Digs] down to expose the tangled roots of taste formation in a disorderly new democracy that was still trying to figure out what should be “American” about American art"Sarah Burns, Ruth N. Halls Professor, Indiana University
"Along the way, we encounter works of art we’ve long considered quaintly irrelevant and are reintroduced to the paintings and sculptures we thought we knew well"Rebecca E. Lawton, Curator of Paintings and Sculpture, Amon Carter Museum of American Art