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The scattered papers of inventor and portrait painter John Goffe Rand measure 0.2 linear feet and date from circa 1832-1960, bulk 1832-1873. Included are biographical sketches, a will, lists of portraits by Rand, a small amount of correspondence, United States patents for the collapsible paint tube invented by Rand and later improvements, printed materials, a photo, and an example of one of the first paint tubes made in a factory.
John Goffe Rand papers, 1832-1960, bulk 1832-1873. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
The papers were digitized in their entirety in 2010 and are available via the Archives of American Art's website.
Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.
John Goffe Rand (1801-1873) was a portrait painter from Bedford, N.H. Rand was apprenticed to a cabinet maker as a young man and later became a portrait painter working under Samuel F.B. Morse. In 1834, he traveled to Europe with his wife, Lavinia Brainerd, where he invented the collapsible paint tube. This and other inventions proved to be without financial rewards for Rand and upon his return to America he again took up portraiture again.
The material was donated by Rand's great-grandneices, Mary and Katherine Anglemyer, in 1981 and 1985.
The papers of John Goffe Rand in the Archives of American Art were digitized in 2010. The papers have been scanned in their entirety and total 112 images.
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