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The papers of printmaker, illustrator, caricaturist, and writer Peggy Bacon measure 3.6 linear feet and date from 1893 to 1973, with the bulk of materials dating from 1900 to 1936. Much of the collection consists of family correspondence, although writings, photographs, artwork, and personal business records from Bacon's late career are also found.
Correspondence is found between Peggy Bacon and her parents, Elizabeth and Charles Roswell Bacon. Letters to her mother describe in detail her life as an art student and artist at the Art Students League; summer schools in Port Jefferson, Long Island and Provincetown, Massachusetts; the Woodstock artists' colony; and her early years in New York City. Letters from her husband, Alexander Brook, to her mother are also present. Letters to Bacon include letters from her early teacher Jonas Lie, and from friends and fellow artists Catherine Wiley, Dorothy Varian, Katherine Schmidt, Anne Rector Duffy, and others. Her parents' extensive correspondence includes letters to her father from the artists Jules Adler, Rudolph Bunner, Ira Remsen, and Charles Downing Lay.
The collection also contains Peggy Bacon's school reports and writing assignments, a marriage certificate, scattered poetry manuscripts and notes by Peggy Bacon, and fiction manuscripts by Charles Roswell Bacon. Personal business records date from the 1960s and 1970s and include publisher's royalty statements, gallery sales statements, and scattered business correspondence with Antoinette Kraushaar and other staff at the Kraushaar Galleries. Photographs depict Bacon and her family, friends, homes, and works of art. Artwork includes several original drawings and sketches by Bacon, as well as artwork by Alexander Brook, Charles Roswell Bacon, and others.
14 pencil and charcoal on paper include caricature drawings by Bacon, some presumably studies for the publication Off With Their Heads, including likenesses of: Childe Hassam, John Carroll, Louise Hellstrom, Stuart David, Reginald Marsh, Katehrine Schmidt, Peter Platt, Conrad Kramer, Edith Halpert, Forbes Watson, Arnold Blanch, Bernard Karfiol, Valentine Dudensing and Sam Halpert.
Peggy Bacon papers, 1893-1973, bulk 1900-1936. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
The bulk of this collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website. Printed materials, photographs of works of art, and papers primarily relating to Bacon's relatives have not been digitized and are available on 35 mm microfilm reels 892-899 at Archives of American Art offices, and through interlibrary loan.
Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.
Among the other resources relating to Peggy Bacon in the Archives of American Art are an oral history interview with Bacon, May 8, 1973; letters to Bernice and Harry Lurie from Peggy Bacon, 1969-1977; and Peggy Bacon and Alexander Brook letters, 1940-1967.
Peggy Bacon papers also at Syracuse University.
Peggy Bacon (1895-1987) was a printmaker, painter, caricaturist, illustrator, poet, and writer (of childrens' books) from Cape Porpoise, Maine. Peggy Bacon was born Margaret Frances Bacon on May 2, 1895. She grew up in Ridgefield, Connecticut and studied at the Art Students' League. Bacon was married to painter Alexander Brook. She died January 3, 1987.
Donated 1973 by Peggy Bacon and in 2008 via Kraushaar Galleries, estate executors.
The papers of Peggy Bacon were digitized in 2006 by the Archives of American Art. The papers have been scanned in their entirety, and total 6,623 images.
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