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Oral history interview with S. Morton Vose, 1986 July 24-1987 April 28

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Interviewee:
Vose, S. Morton (Seth Morton), 1909-2007
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F.
Subject:
Homer, Winslow
Hunt, William Morris
Karolik, Maxim
Murphy, Hermann Dudley
Paxton, Elizabeth Okie
Richardson, Edgar Preston
Robinson, Thomas V.
Sample, Paul Starrett
Seyffert, Leopold
Valentiner, Wilhelm Reinhold
Whorf, John
Vose Galleries of Boston
Place of publication, production, or execution:
Massachusetts
Physical Description:
Transcript: 87 pages
General Note:
Originally recorded on 4 sound cassettes. Reformated in 2010 as 8 digital wav files. Duration is 5 hr., 25 min.
Access Note / Rights:
Transcript is available on the Archives of American Art's website.
Summary:
An interview of S. Morton Vose conducted 1986 July 24-1987 April 28, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art.
Vose speaks of the pervasive effect of his family's art gallery upon his life; studying languages at Harvard College; his affiliation with the gallery from 1927 on; the increasing emphasis on American painting during his career at the Vose Gallery, and the gradual de-emphasis on European work. He reminisces about some Vose Gallery clients, especially Maxim Karolik, and some art dealers; he discusses a traveling exhibition he was involved in; he speaks of the gallery's relations with prominent museum personnel, such as William Reinhold Valentiner and E.P. Richardson. Vose also discusses the pitfalls of appraising art collections, his father's last years, and the firm's move, and his recent work on a dictionary of American painters. He recalls William Morris Hunt, Thomas Robinson, Leopold Seyffert, Catherine Morris Wright, Maxim Karolik, Elizabeth Paxton, Paul Sample, John Whorf, Hermann Dudley Murphy, Winslow Homer, James Fitzgerald, Arthur Healey, and many others.
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with S. Morton Vose, 1986 July 24-1987 April 28. 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:
Seth Morton Vose (1909-2007) was an art dealer and art historian from Brookline, Massachusetts.
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 dealers
Art galleries, Commercial
Art historians
Interviews
Sound recordings
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12367
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216517
AAA_collcode_voses86
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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