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15 letters to his sister Mela, his brother-in-law Emerson Howard, and other family, dated 1855-1861, also one undated letter and one written in 1901 to Kate, and an undated letter of a descendant. In Colman's letters from France, he writes of life there, and expresses sentiments for the family. Colman also writes of George H. Boughton, with whom he shared a studio and rooms. In addition there are 16 drawings and sketches, probably the work of several persons, and "The Death Song of a Cherokee Indian," written by William Colman in 1809.
Samuel Colman papers, 1855-1961. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Microfilm reel 832 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Painter of landscape and genre subjects, etcher and watercolorist; born in Portland, Maine. Studied in New York with Asher B. Durand, and abroad. Last name alternatively spelled Coleman.
The donor, Mrs. David Prince, is Colman's grandniece.
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