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Oral history interview with Francis Speight, 1987 April 4-5

view Oral history interview with Francis Speight, 1987 April 4-5 digital asset number 1
Interviewee:
Speight, Francis, 1896-1989
Interviewer:
Sellin, David
Subject:
Breckenridge, Hugh H. (Hugh Henry)
Carles, Arthur B.
Garber, Daniel
McCarter, Henry
Pittman, Hobson Lafayette
Sartain, Harriet
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
Transcript: 118 pages.
General Note:
Originally recorded 5 sound cassettes. Reformated in 2010 as 10 digital wav files. Duration is 6 hr., 40 min.
Summary:
An interview of Francis Speight conducted 1987 April 4-5, by David Sellin, for the Archives of American Art.
Speight speaks of his family background; early aspirations; his studies at the Corcoran School of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; the faculty and administration at the Academy including Arthur B. Carles, Hugh Breckenridge, Henry McCarter, Daniel Garber, and Hobson Pittman; his scholarships and fellowships; teaching at the Academy; the Academy's summer school at Chester Springs; painting in Manayunk; and his experiences as a juror. Speight's wife Sarah Blakeslee is also present during a portion of the interview and describes her studies at Chester Springs.
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Francis Speight, 1987 April 4-5. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Funding:
Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.
Biography Note:
Francis Speight (1896-1989) was a painter from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Born in North Carolina.
Provenance:
These interviews are part of the Archives' Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Art, American
Interviews
Painters
Sound recordings
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13342
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212762
AAA_collcode_speigh87
Data Source:
Archives of American Art

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