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Edwin Burrage Child photographs

Creator:
Child, Edwin Burrage, 1868-1937  Search this
Extent:
2.2 Linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Sketches
Glass plate negatives
Place:
Dorset (Vt.) -- photographs
Central Park (New York, N.Y.) -- photographs
Date:
1902-1936
Summary:
The photographs of painter Edwin Burrage Child measure 2.2 linear feet and date from 1902-1936. Included in this collection are original photographic prints and copy prints; 101 negatives; 59 glass plate negatives; and one folder of miscellaneous papers including a sketch by Edwin Burrage Child. Photographs depict artwork, interiors, furniture, and people.
Scope and Contents:
The photographs of Edwin Burrage Child measure 2.2 linear feet and date from 1902-1936. Included in this collection are original photographic prints and copy prints; 101 negatives; 59 glass plate negatives; and one folder of miscellaneous papers including a sketch by Edwin Burrage Child. Photographs depict artwork, interiors, furniture, and people.

Photographs of people and other subjects depict several portrait images of Edwin Burrage Child, as well as many photographs and negatives of unidentified groups and events, children, men building a log cabin structure at Child's Dorset, Vermont home, and several models for painting.

Photographs of landscapes, buildings, and animals include a series of landscape photographs of Central Park, complete with the city in the background; many images of the Dorset, Vermont landscape with Child's house and barn structures depicted; landscapes with rainclouds and lightning, also in Dorset, Vermont; and images of horses attached to carriages and wagons, and cows and sheep, as well as several images of a dead horse on the streets of a small town.

Photographs of interiors, furniture, and lighting are made up primarily of copy prints and negatives, and include images of pieces of furniture, light fixtures and sconces, as well as entire interior rooms of what is probably Child's Dorset home. Additionally, photographs of Child's studio with paintings hung on walls are also found here.

Photographs of artwork make up the bulk of the collection, with original prints, copy prints, negatives, and glass plate negatives of primarily portrait paintings by Edwin Burrage Child. Many of the original photographic prints have been annotated on the backs with descriptive information about the portrait model, where they are from, and their occupation. Some annotations contain anecdotal information about Child's interactions or experiences with the sitters, and have been written by Child's youngest son, Sargent Burrage Child. While some of the descriptive information has been identified as written by both Edwin Burrage Child and Sargent Burrage Child, some writing could not be identified. A set of glass plate negatives without prints also depicts several of Child's landscape paintings. Additionally, a dismantled photograph album contains original prints of Child's portraits of men, women, and children, as well as containing the most descriptive information of all the prints in the collection.

Miscellaneous papers contains a sketch with note by Edwin Burrage Child; a handwritten letter in pencil, on Child's stationery, by Child; a typed exhibition inventory of portraits in the Washington, D. C. exhibit, "Portraits by Edwin Burrage Child," in 1930; and a copy of the 5 x 7 glass plate negatives box that previously stored glass plate negatives.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 6 series. Glass plate negatives are housed in Series 6 and are closed to researchers.

Series 1: Photographs of People and Other Subjects, circa 1908-circa 1936 (15 folders; Box 1)

Series 2: Photographs of Landscapes, Buildings, and Animals, 1903-circa 1936 (24 folderst; Box 1)

Series 3: Photographs of Interiors, Furniture, and Lighting, circa 1902-circa 1936 (0.1 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 4: Photographs of Artwork, 1902-1936 (28 folders; Boxes 2-3, 6)

Series 5: Miscellaneous Papers, circa 1930 (1 folder; Box 3)

Series 6: Glass Plate Negatives, 1910-circa 1930 (0.9 linear feet; Boxes 4-5)
Biographical / Historical:
Edwin Burrage Child (1868-1937) was a landscape and portrait painter who lived and worked in New York City and Dorset, Vermont, and was most known for his male portraiture.

Child was born in Gouverneur, New York in 1868 to Jonathan Bush Child and Sarah Burnham. In the 1880s, Child attended Amherst College and received art lessons during the summers from artist Margaret C. Whiting (1860-1946). In 1890, he graduated from Amherst College and moved to New York City to pursue a career as an artist, becoming a student in 1891 at the Art Students League. Child's artistic debut was in 1892 at the National Academy of Design annual exhibition. From 1891 to 1895, he studied under painter, muralist, and stained-glass designer John LaFarge (1835-1910), and worked as his assistant from 1896-1901. Edwin Burrage Child then spent many years working as an illustrator and writer for leading periodicals such as Scribner's, Harper's, McClure's, and others.

As a landscape painter, Child was awarded a medal at the Louisiana Purchase Exhibition in St. Louis in 1904, and the majority of his landscapes were modeled from his summer home in Dorset, Vermont. In 1908, his focused moved to easel painting -- primarily landscapes and portraits. Child was most known for his portraits of intellectual males, with sitters including Senator Dwight M. Morrow, Governor Wilbur L. Cross of Connecticut, Professor John Dewey, and painter Ivan G. Olinsky, among many others. His work appeared in shows at the National Academy of Design and the Society of Independent Artists in New York, as well as the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D. C. He also had many one-man shows over the years, primarily in New York City. In 1930, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D. C. held an exhibition of his portraits.

Child was married to Anna Gertrude Sykes in 1894, and they had three children: Katherine E. (1895-1966), Bradford (1896-1948), and Sargent Burrage (1900-1972). Child also made furniture as a hobby and remodeled his home in Dorset Hollow, as well as Gray's Tavern, which later became the Dorset Village Public Library. Additionally, he was a frequent lecturer, speaking at colleges and universities, including Yale, Michigan State College, Columbia, City College of New York, and Massachusetts State College at Amherst. Child spent the last ten years of his life living in Dorset, Vermont, and died in 1937.
Provenance:
The Edwin Burrage Child photographs were transferred to the Archives of American Art on June 6, 1979, from the National Collection of Fine Arts (NCFA) Library.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Glass plates are housed separately and closed to researchers.
Rights:
The Edwin Burrage Child photographs are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Artists' studios -- Photographs  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Sketches
Glass plate negatives
Citation:
Edwin Burrage Child photographs, 1902-1936. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.chiledwi
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Edwin Burrage Child photographs
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-chiledwi
Additional Online Media:

Hahn Children, Berlin, (painting)

Painter:
Melchers, Gari 1860-1932  Search this
Subject:
Hahn  Search this
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Unlocated
Date:
Ca. 1913
Topic:
Portrait--Child  Search this
Control number:
IAP 62370378
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_109690

Child, (painting)

Painter:
Marshall, Reed  Search this
Subject:
Unidentified  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor
Type:
Paintings
Date:
1910
Topic:
Portrait--Child  Search this
Control number:
IAP 71460218
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_150454

Child, (painting)

Painter:
Oakley, Susan b. 1887  Search this
Subject:
Unidentified  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Type:
Paintings-Miniature
Paintings
Date:
Ca. 1911
Topic:
Portrait--Child  Search this
Control number:
IAP 72090427
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_159136

Portrait of a Baby, (painting)

Painter:
Martel, Paul Jean 1879-1944  Search this
Subject:
Unidentified  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Type:
Paintings
Date:
1918
Topic:
Portrait--Child  Search this
Control number:
IAP 73770394
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_171781

Baby in Chair, (painting)

Painter:
Martel, Paul Jean 1879-1944  Search this
Subject:
Unidentified  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Type:
Paintings
Date:
1917
Topic:
Portrait--Child  Search this
Object--Furniture--Chair  Search this
Control number:
IAP 73770397
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_171784

Portrait of a Baby, (painting)

Painter:
Martel, Paul Jean 1879-1944  Search this
Subject:
Unidentified  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Type:
Paintings
Date:
1915
Topic:
Portrait--Child  Search this
Control number:
IAP 73770399
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_171786

Child in Lady's Hat, (painting)

Painter:
Martel, Paul Jean 1879-1944  Search this
Subject:
Unidentified  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Type:
Paintings
Date:
1919
Topic:
Portrait--Child  Search this
Dress--Accessory--Hat  Search this
Control number:
IAP 73770427
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_171814

Baby in Chair, (painting)

Painter:
Martel, Paul Jean 1879-1944  Search this
Subject:
Unidentified  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Type:
Paintings
Date:
1916
Topic:
Portrait--Child  Search this
Object--Furniture--Chair  Search this
Control number:
IAP 73770533
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_171920

Baby Asleep, (painting)

Painter:
Martel, Paul Jean 1879-1944  Search this
Subject:
Unidentified  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Type:
Paintings
Date:
1916
Topic:
Portrait--Child  Search this
Control number:
IAP 73770534
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_171921

Curious Baby, (painting)

Painter:
Martel, Paul Jean 1879-1944  Search this
Subject:
Unidentified  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Type:
Paintings
Date:
1916
Topic:
Portrait--Child  Search this
Control number:
IAP 73770535
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_171922

Baby, (painting)

Painter:
Martel, Paul Jean 1879-1944  Search this
Subject:
Unidentified  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Type:
Paintings
Date:
1915
Topic:
Portrait--Child  Search this
Control number:
IAP 73770552
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_171939

Baby's Head, (painting)

Painter:
Martel, Paul Jean 1879-1944  Search this
Subject:
Unidentified  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Type:
Paintings
Date:
1916
Topic:
Portrait--Child  Search this
Figure--Head  Search this
Control number:
IAP 73770556
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_171943

The Hilltop, (painting)

Painter:
Benson, Frank Weston 1862-1951  Search this
Subject:
Unidentified  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Type:
Paintings
Date:
1915
Topic:
Portrait--Child  Search this
Landscape  Search this
Control number:
IAP 80046292
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_179493

Ray of Light (Da-Ta-Leu), (painting)

Painter:
Hudson, Grace Carpenter 1865-1937  Search this
Subject:
Da-Ta-Leu  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Culture:
Indian  Search this
Type:
Paintings
Date:
1917
Topic:
Ethnic  Search this
Portrait--Child  Search this
Control number:
IAP 63000968
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_118810

Little Rabbit (Ma-Ku), (painting)

Painter:
Hudson, Grace Carpenter 1865-1937  Search this
Subject:
Ma-Ku  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Culture:
Indian  Search this
Type:
Paintings
Date:
1913
Topic:
Ethnic  Search this
Portrait--Child  Search this
Control number:
IAP 63001382
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_119222

Dutch Baby, (painting)

Painter:
Blackstone, Harriet 1864-1939  Search this
Subject:
Unidentified  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Culture:
Dutch  Search this
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
John H. Vanderpoel Memorial Art Gallery Chicago Illinois
Date:
Ca. 1915
Topic:
Portrait--Child  Search this
Ethnic  Search this
Control number:
IAP 70810021
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_130899

Young Child, (painting)

Painter:
Richardson, Mary Curtis 1848-1931  Search this
Subject:
Unidentified  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Jim Finlinson-Antiques 3023 Adeline St Berkeley California 94703
Date:
Ca. 1910
Topic:
Portrait--Child  Search this
Control number:
IAP 71061606
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_138163

Papoose by Moonlight, (painting)

Painter:
Couse, Eanger Irving 1866-1936  Search this
Subject:
Unidentified  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Culture:
Indian  Search this
Type:
Paintings
Date:
Before 1912
Topic:
Portrait--Child  Search this
Ethnic  Search this
Landscape--Time--Night  Search this
Control number:
IAP 71210080
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_147727

Calif. Indian Child, (painting)

Painter:
Hudson, Grace Carpenter 1865-1937  Search this
Subject:
Unidentified  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Culture:
Indian  Search this
Type:
Paintings
Date:
Ca. 1910-1914
Topic:
Ethnic  Search this
Portrait--Child  Search this
Control number:
IAP 71750017
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_153070

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