Sarah Cash

Sarah Cash

Sarah Cash is associate curator of American and British paintings at the National Gallery of Art. Until its closure in September 2014, she served as Bechhoefer Curator of American Art at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. In 2011, she completed the first modern scholarly catalog of the Corcoran’s American paintings collection: Corcoran Gallery of Art: American Paintings to 1945. Her many publications include Thomas Eakins and the Swimming Picture (1996), Ominous Hush: The Thunderstorm Paintings of Martin Johnson Heade (1994), American Art: Paintings from the Amon Carter Museum (1992), American Naïve Paintings, National Gallery of Art (1991, coauthor), and numerous catalog entries and articles. She has lectured widely on American art.

American Treasures of the Corcoran Gallery of Art


A tiny tour through one of the country's first and best collections of American art.

The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington's oldest and largest private art museum, is recognized nationally and internationally for its outstanding collection of American art. Its founder, William Wilson Corcoran, was among the first American collectors to appreciate contemporary art of his country, at a time when most of his peers favored European works. His important collection of mainly American paintings and sculpture formed the nucleus of the art museum he founded in 1869.

Over its 130-year history, the Corcoran's collection of American art has grown dramatically through purchases and generous gifts. Today the Corcoran's holdings total over 14,000 objects dating from the 16th century B.C. to the present, including a world-renowned core collection of 19th-century American paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, and photographs. The collections of 18th- and 20th-century American painting, sculpture, and works on paper are augmented by a highly regarded collection of modern and contemporary photographs and media arts.

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