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Charles James Madison Eaton correspondence with Hiram Powers, and a letter received from Thomas Sully, 1845-1867

Creator:
Eaton, Charles James Madison, 1808-1893
Powers, Hiram, 1805-1873
Subject:
Kellogg, Miner K. (Miner Kilbourne)
Lester, C. Edwards (Charles Edwards)
Sully, Thomas
Place of publication, production, or execution:
Other
Physical Description:
21 items (on partial microfilm reel).
Access Note / Rights:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Summary:
Nineteen letters from Hiram Powers in Florence to Eaton, 1845-1867, concerning: the future of the Fine Arts in America; sculpture for the Capitol building; government patronage and politics; his commissions for portrait busts and ideal figures; his biographer, C.E. Lester, whom Powers rejects as "a scroundrel capable of any amount of falsehood"; the London exhibition and the American tour of the sculpture the GREEK SLAVE; European reaction to the outcome of the American Civil War; the art community in Florence; Powers' 1846 trip to Turin and Rome; and his health, family, and personal ambitions. In closing his letters, Powers often sends regards from Miner Kellogg.
Also included is a letter from Eaton to Powers, December 5, 1864, regarding a shipment of modelling clay from Baltimore to Florence, and a letter from Thomas Sully in Philadelphia to Eaton, September 27, 1847. Eaton was disappointed to learn that a painting he had inspected was not a Sully. "I am mortified at your disappointment," Sully wrote, "...had the picture been an original by me, I should have charged double the price."
Citation:
Charles James Madison Eaton correspondence with Hiram Powers, and a letter received from Thomas Sully, 1845-1867. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
Microfilm reel 3416 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
microfilm reel also available in the Maryland Historical Society.
Location of Originals:
Originals in Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore, Maryland.
Loan:
Loan
Biography Note:
Eaton was a founder of the Maryland Historical Society, a trustee of the Peabody Institute, and a collector of art. Eaton probably met Hiram Powers on one of his trips to Florence in the 1840's. They became lifelong friends and Eaton served as an American agent of sorts, promoting Powers' interests in Washington and Baltimore.
Provenance:
Lent for microfilming 1985 by the Maryland Historical Society.
Theme:
American Art and Artists in a Global Context
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Art patrons
Art, Modern
Artists and patrons
Miniature painters
Painters
Portrait painters
Sculptors
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7073
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209206
AAA_collcode_eatochar
Data Source:
Archives of American Art

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