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Lilly Martin Spencer papers, 1825-1971

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Creator:
Spencer, Lilly Martin, 1822-1902
Subject:
Avery, Samuel Putnam
Brainard, Charles H. (Charles Henry),
Dodge, Mary Mapes
Frémont, Jessie Benton
Ingersoll, Robert Green
Lind, Jenny
Lossing, Benson John
Martin, Angelique
Martin, Giles
Sartain, John W.
Schumer, Ann Byrd
Stanton, Elizabeth Cady
Wilcox, Ella Wheeler
Place of publication, production, or execution:
Other
Physical Description:
0.6 linear ft. (on 1 microfilm reel)
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Summary:
REEL 131, frames 1-264: Family history; biographical material; ca. 50 photographs of Spencer and her paintings; M.A. thesis, "Lilly Martin Spencer: American Painter of the Nineteenth Century," by Ann Byrd Schumer; articles about her life and work, 1959; and a list of paintings owned by her granddaughter, Lillian Spencer Gates.
REEL 131, frames 265-735: Ca. 100 letters from Spencer to her parents, Giles and Angelique Martin, written after her arrival in Cincinnati in 1841 until her mother's death in 1866, and ca. 150 letters from clients, agents, and friends regarding her early career, her marriage, her move to New York City, and later, to Newark, N.J. and to her domestic and artistic life in those cities. Also found are journals and clippings, 1857-1902; family histories; photographs; articles; clippings and a photograph related to her painting "Truth Unveiling Falsehood"; and material relating to her involvement in the women's literary association, Sorosis, ca. 1874-1887.
Among the correspondents are: Samuel Putnam Avery, Charles H. Brainard, Cyrus Butler, T. Apolson Cheney, Mary Mapes Dodge of Hearth and Home, Jessie Benton Fremont, Robert Green Ingersoll, Jenny Lind, Rembrandt Lockwood, Benson John Lossing, John Sartain, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Ella Wheeler Wilcox.
Citation:
Lilly Martin Spencer papers, 1825-1971. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
Microfilm reel 131 available at Archives of American Art offices; the Ohio Historical Society; and through interlibrary loan.
Location of Originals:
Reel 131, fr. 1-264: Originals returned to lender, Lillian Spencer Gates, after microfilming.
Biography Note:
Portrait and genre painter; New York and Ohio. Lilly Martin Spencer was born Angelique Marie Martin November 22, 1822, in England to French parents, Giles and Angelique Martin, followers of the French social critic Charles Fournier. The family came to New York in 1830, moving to Marietta, Ohio in 1833, and in 1845, co-founded the communal settlement, Trumbull Phalanx, near Braceville, Ohio. Spencer returned to New York in 1848 after her marriage to Benjamin Spencer, and achieved much success as a painter while raising seven children and moving several times -- to Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, Newark, N.J., and Highlands and Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Spencer died May 22, 1902.
Provenance:
Material on reel 131, fr. 1-264, was lent for microfilming, and the remainder, fr. 265-735, donated 1971 by Lillian Spencer Gates, Spencer's granddaughter.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Exhibition catalogs
Painters
Painters
Painting, Modern
Photographs
Women painters
Women painters
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6072
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216163
AAA_collcode_spenlill
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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