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Thomas Prichard Rossiter and Rossiter Family Papers

Catalog Data

Collection Creator:
Rossiter, Thomas Prichard, 1818-1871  Search this
0.4 Linear feet (Box 1-2)
Archival materials
Scope and Contents note:
Thomas Prichard Rossiter and Rossiter family members papers include letters, artwork, writings, and a scrapbook. Letters are from artists, writers, and other prominent figures of the nineteenth and early twentieth century to members of the Rossiter family. Letters to Thomas Prichard Rossiter include letters from Adam Badeau, John Britton, James Fenimore Cooper, William Wilson Corcoran, Frederick S. Cozzens, Christopher Pearse Cranch, George Wilson Curtis, John A. Dix, Edward Everett, Schuyler Colfax, George P. A. Healy, William Morris Hunt, Richard Morris Hunt, John Jay, John Frederick Kensett, A. Gracie King, Benson J. Lossing, Louis R. Mignot, George P. Morris, William H. Morris, Samuel F. B. Morse, George Peabody, Henry T. Tuckerman, Nathaniel Parker Willis, Richard Willis, and Timothy Wright. Topics include his artwork, letters of introduction, replies to invitations, accounts of travels, and other general news. Letters to Ehrick and Mary Rossiter include letters from Samuel Putnam Avery, C. H. Farnham, Cecilia Beaux, Edwin H. Blashfield, B. Boutet de Mouvel, William A. Coffin, Timothy Cole, Frederick S. Dellenbaugh, Frank V. DuMond, Herbert W. Faulkner, William Bailey Faxon, J. William Fosdick, Daniel Chester French, R. Swain Gifford, Grolier Club, Birg. Harrison, Louis C. Jones, Troy Kinney, Charles R. Lamb, Will H. Low, Gari Melchers, Don G. Mitchell, H. Siddons Mowbray, Robert Loftin Newman, Walter Russell, William Sartain, Augustus Vincent Tack, Dwight William Tryon, Bernhardt Wall, Henry O. White, and Rufus Fairchild Zogbaum. Topics include purchase of artwork, replies to invitations, social events, accounts of travels, and other general news. Letters to granddaugher Edith Rossiter Bevan are from William A. Coffin, Herbert W. Faulkner, Dorothy Sturgis Harding, W. Hamilton Gibson, W. F. Hopson, Will H. Low, Arthur N. Macdonald, R. McGill Mackall, H. Siddons Mowbray, Louis Rhead, Walter Russell, Sidney S. Smith, and Louis S. Vaillant. Topics include Bevin's book plate collection, social events, her activities in clubs, and other general news. Artwork in the family papers includes two sketches by Rossiter and a small sketchbook from his 1843 travels in Italy containing drawings of landscapes, architecture, and people. A scrapbook was compiled by Edith Rossiter Bevan, documenting Thomas Rossiter's career and Rossiter family history. Included are sketches by Rossiter of his wife, children, and other subjects; a sketch of Rossiter by Felix Octavius Carr Darley (1852); photographs of Rossiter with his family; photographs and reproductions of his artwork; news clippings; and other printed material. Scrapbook pages include detailed typed captions by Bevan containing additional information about the documents. This series includes a typescript of Thomas Prichard Rossiter's biography and family history and a checklist of his paintings written by Edith Rossiter Bevan. Also found is an autographed photo of William A. Coffin, a friend of Ehrick Kensett Rossiter.
Arrangement note:
All letters are arranged alphabetically. This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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Collection Citation:
Thomas Prichard Rossiter and Rossiter Family papers, 1840-1957. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
AAA.rossthom, Series 1
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