Linda J. Docherty

Affiliation: Art History
Associate Professor of Art History, Emerita

Linda Docherty is a specialist in American art and criticism to 1945. Her research focuses broadly on questions of art and identity, art and spirituality, and the relationship between American and European artists. She has published articles and presented papers on Winslow Homer, Gilbert Stuart, William Merritt Chase, Edmund C. Tarbell, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, James McNeill Whistler, and Isabella Stewart Gardner. She is currently writing a book titled "Spiritual Gifts: The Art of Isabella Stewart Gardner."

Professor Docherty teaches intermediate survey courses on American art and nineteenth-century European art as well as a thematic course on American photography and American identity. Advanced seminar topics have included: The World of Isabella Stewart Gardner, Americans Abroad, Art and Religion in American Culture, Impressionism, and Picturing Nature. She also offers a first-year seminar on Winslow Homer.

Professor Docherty regularly brings students to the Bowdoin College Museum of Art to look at original paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, and sculptures.
Her classes also study architecture on the Bowdoin College campus and in the town of Brunswick and rare books in Special Collections at Hawthorne-Longfellow Library.

Linda J. Docherty


  • PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1986
  • MA, University of Chicago, 1978
  • BA, Cornell University, 1969