The bulk of the artist files consists of black and white photographs of artwork with a few color photographs and transparencies. This series also includes short artist biographies, curriculum vitae, articles, clippings, and limited correspondence with prospective buyers about the price of paintings. Many of the photographs have handwritten annotations on the verso regarding the artwork such as the stock number, dimensions, date, title and sometimes price. Victor Spark mostly sold American paintings by artists such as James G. Clonney, Jon Singleton Copley, Jeremiah P. Hardy, Martin Johnson Heade, Rembrandt Peale, Maurice Prendergast, Everett Shinn, Thomas Sully, and many others. There is also a letter written in 1924 by Ruth Moran along with a photograph of a painting signed on the verso by her father, the artist Thomas Moran.
Artist's files are arranged primarily by name of artist, although a few files are arranged by art topic or school.
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The Victor D. Spark papers 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.
Victor D. Spark papers, circa 1830-1983, bulk 1930-1970. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation