Frames 14-180: Travel diary kept by Edmonds on a trip to England, France and Italy, spanning the period November 25, 1840 to July 29, 1841, much of the time with Asher B. Durand. Edmonds, in his day-by-day account, details the sights seen, comments on the work of many artists, and briefly mentions other artists whom he visited or met.
Frames 181-366: Diary, January 1, 1854-January 6, 1855, composed of short daily entries noting the weather and events of the day. Particular entries mention work on his house and property, visits to and from friends, deaths, the cholera epidemic, railroad breakdowns, meetings connected with his banking interests, domestic problems, and other topics.
Francis William Edmonds diaries, 1840-1855. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Microfilm reel 1285 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Location of Originals:
Diary, 1840-1841 (frames 14-180): Original in Columbia County Historical Society, Kinderhook, New York.
Photocopy of travel diary was lent for microfilming 1977 by Dr. Maybelle Mann, who used it for her book Francis William Edmonds (1977.) The diary was donated 1977 by Edmonds granddaughter, Dorothy Coffen.
Lives of American Artists
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