Portrait of Harriet "Hattie" Harwell Wilson High (Mrs. Joseph Madison High)


Sidney Edward Dickinson (American, 1890–1980)




Oil on canvas


49 5/8 x 39 1/2 inches


Gift of J. J. Goodrum and others

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On View

On View - Stent Family Wing, Robinson Atrium

Originally founded in 1905 as the Atlanta Art Association, the High Museum of Art received its first permanent home in 1926 when Mrs. Joseph M. High donated her family’s residence on Peachtree Street. For ten dollars, Mrs. High transferred the ownership of her Tudor-style mansion for use as galleries, an art school, and offices. Shortly after, this portrait was commissioned. Situated near the intersection of Peachtree and 15th Streets, Atlanta’s art museum was named in her honor. A generous and civic minded widow of a prosperous merchant, “Hattie” High was interested in the arts and dedicated to volunteerism. She was active in the Museum until her death in 1932. Her house remained the primary museum building until 1955 when a new brick building adjacent to the original High house was constructed. The house was demolished in 1963. The High Museum of Art has continued to grow. In 1983, the Richard Meier designed building (now the Stent Family Wing) opened and in 2005, architect Renzo Piano completed the Museum campus.