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“Reckonings,” published in Someone Wicked (Black Rhino Press, December 2013).




The Button Field: A Novel (Barley Mill Press, 2014)





Something Coming: Apocalyptic Expectation and Mid-Nineteenth-Century American Painting

(Hanover, NH & London; University Press of New England, 2000).




Catalogue entries for the Catalogue of the Collection of the Sewell C. Biggs Museum of American Art, Dover, DE:

(Oddi Publishing Company, 2002).


“Poor White Folks and Western Squatters: James Henry Beard’s Images of Emigration,” American Art 7

(Summer 1993): 15-39.


“Freedom’s Holy Cause’: History, Religious, and Genre Painting in America, 1840-1860,” in William Ayres, ed., Picturing History. American Painting, 1775-1925

(New York: Rizzoli Publications, 1993).


“George Caleb Bingham’s The County Election’: Whig Tribute to the Will of the People,”

American Art Journal XIX (4) (1987): 4-22. (Selected for inclusion in Mary Ann Calo, ed., Critical Issues in American Art: A Book of Readings [HarperCollins, 1997].) [link to JSTOR]


“David Maitland Armstrong,” Antiques CXXVI

(November 1984): 1175-1185.



  • Review of Carol Clark, Charles Deas and 1840s America (University of Oklahoma Press, 2009) in The Great Plains Quarterly.
  • Review of Sarah Burns, Painting the Dark Side: Art and the Gothic Imagination in Nineteenth-Century America (University of California Press 2004); The American Historical Review.
  • Review of Mimi Cazort, Mauro in America: An Italian Artist Visits the New World (Yale 2003); Winterthur Portfolio  38 (Summer/Autumn 2003): 160.
  • Review of John Davis, The Landscape of Belief; Encountering the Holy Land in Nineteenth Century Art and Culture (Princeton, 1966), The Art Bulletin LXXIX (September 1997): 552-556.