Stuart Davis correspondence with Francis Henry Taylor, 1940
Davis, Stuart, 1892-1964
Taylor, Francis Henry, 1903-1957
Wehle, Harry B. (Harry Brandeis)
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)
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Letter, May 19, 1940, from Davis to Francis Henry Taylor, Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Davis writes that the "rejection of my work by the acquisitions committee of your museum, followed by Mr. Wehle's explanation of the reason for that rejection, was merely indicative of the fact that work in the style of mine is not usual here." He encloses photographs of his work so that Taylor can "review them and make his own decision ..."; 8 of the 9 photographs are annotated by Davis with title, medium, dimensions, and date. Also included is a carbon of Taylor's acknowledgement, May 22, 1940, and a note, May 23, , enclosing the photos, from Taylor to Metropolitan curator Harry B. Wehle: "Herewith some curious examples of ultra-modern art."
Stuart Davis correspondence with Francis Henry Taylor, 1940. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Microfilm reel 4909 (fr. 1090-1112) available at Archives of American Art and through interlibrary loan.
Stuart Davis (1892-1964) was a painter and teacher, from New York.
Donated by Franklin Riehlman, 1985.
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