Charles Henry Hart autograph collection, 1731-1918
Hart, Charles Henry, 1847-1918
Church, Frederic Edwin
Audubon, John James
Whistler, James McNeill
Anshutz, Thomas Pollock
Smillie, James David
Chase, William Merritt
Peale, Titian Ramsay
Ward, John Quincy Adams
Thayer, Abbott Handerson
Copley, John Singleton
Peale, Charles Willson
Morse, Samuel Finley Breese
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The Charles Henry Hart autograph collection dates from 1731-1917 and consists of 226 letters, portrait prints, and other documents signed by American artists.
Originally titled by Hart as "The History of Art in America as Told in a Remarkable Collection of Autograph Letters and Documents of Celebrated American Artists of the Eighteenth, Nineteenth, and Twentieth Century," the collection includes letters and other items signed by Thomas Anshutz, John J. Audubon, William Merritt Chase, Frederic Edwin Church, John Singleton Copley, Kenyon Cox, Thomas Eakins, Jervis McEntee, Samuel F.B. Morse, Charles Willson Peale, Raphaelle Peale, Rembrandt Peale, Rubens Peale, Titian Peale, James David Smillie, Gilbert Stuart, Thomas Sully, Abbott Handerson Thayer, John Vanderlyn, Elihu Vedder, John Quincy Adams Ward, Benjamin West, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, and many others.
Charles Henry Hart autograph collection, 1731-1918. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
The collection is available on microfilm reel D5, available at Archives of American Art offices and for interlibrary loan.
Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.
The Archives of American Art also holds the personal papers of Charles Henry Hart, dating from 1774-1930, bulk 1888-1918.
Charles Henry Hart (1847-1918) was a historian, lawyer, writer, and director, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1882-1904. Widely, he published on the subject of 18th and 19th century portraiture in the United States.
The Charles Henry Hart autograph collection was donated to the Archives of American Art in 1954 as an anonymous gift. It is assumed that Hart assembled the letters. Original collation was two letterbooks entitled "The History of Art in America as Tolk in a Remarkable Collection of Autograph Letters and Documents of Celebrated American Artists of the Eighteenth, Nineteenth, and Twentieth Century."
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