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Joseph Sill selected diaries, 1832-1854

Creator:
Sill, Joseph, 1801-1854
Subject:
Audubon, John James
Audubon, Victor Gifford
Carey, Edward L.
Furness, William Henry
Hubard, William James
Huntington, Daniel
Lambdin, James Reid
Leutze, Emanuel
Morse, Samuel Finley Breese
Neagle, John
Page, William
Rothermel, Peter Frederick
Sartain, John W.
Saunders, George Lethbridge
Shaw, Joshua
Sully, Thomas
Watmough, Edward
Waugh, Samuel Bell
Weber, Paul
Weir, Robert Walter
Winner, William E.
Art-Union of Philadelphia
Artists' Fund Society
National Academy of Design (U.S.)
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
2 partial microfilm reels.
Access Note / Rights:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Summary:
Ca. 850 pages of selected art related excerpts from Sill's diaries. The diaries date from 1832 to 1854 and document his own painting activities, his association with the Artists and Amateurs Association, Artists' Fund Society, and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He gives his reactions to the work of other artists as seen in exhibitions in Philadelphia and New York, especially at the National Academy of Design, as well as in private collections. He writes about panoramas shown in Philadelphia, purchases of works of art for himself and others, commissions to artists to paint pictures for him, etc. In particular he writes frequently of his friend, the collector and patron Edward L. Carey, and of Carey's collection. He often mentions John Sartain, James R. Lambdin, Peter F. Rothermel, Daniel Huntington, Thomas Sully, William H. Furness, Emanuel Leutze, George L. Saunders, Samuel B. Waugh, Paul Weber, William J. Hubard, Monachesi, and John Neagle. He tells of the founding and subsequent activities of the Art-Union of Philadelphia; the sale of Joshua Shaw's paintings and his misfortunes; the work and ill natured personality of William Page; meeting with and a drawing and description of John J. Audubon; a controversy between Robert W. Weir and Samuel F. B. Morse about who will paint the Mayflower Compact; V. G. Audubon's efforts to get subscribers for his father's book; and Bowen's lithographic shop.
He characterizes Edward Watmough and William E. Winner.
Citation:
Joseph Sill selected diaries, 1832-1854. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
Microfilm reels P29-P30 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Location of Originals:
Originals in Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Joseph Sill diaries, Mss. collection # 600.
Loan:
Loan
Biography Note:
Collector, amateur painter; Philadelphia, Pa.
Provenance:
Microfilmed for the Archives of American Art in 1955 by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Diaries donated to the Society by Edward Madiera.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Art
Art patrons
Art, American
Diaries
Painters
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13482
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)214638
AAA_collcode_silljose
Theme:
Diaries
The Art Market
Data Source:
Archives of American Art

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