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Samuel Putnam Avery papers, 1857-1902

Catalog Data

Avery, Samuel Putnam, 1822-1904  Search this
Avery, Samuel Putnam, 1822-1904  Search this
Bellows, A. F. (Albert Fitch)  Search this
Benson, Eugene  Search this
Blashfield, Edwin Howland  Search this
Bonheur, Rosa  Search this
Bouguereau, William Adolphe  Search this
Colman, Samuel  Search this
Cook, Clarence  Search this
Cropsey, Jasper Francis  Search this
Darley, Felix Octavius Carr  Search this
Daubigny, Charles Fran├žois  Search this
Durand, John  Search this
Gifford, Sanford Robinson  Search this
Greene, Edward D. E.  Search this
Hoppin, Augustus  Search this
Hugo, Victor  Search this
La Farge, John  Search this
Lefebvre, Jules  Search this
McEntee, Jervis  Search this
Moore, Charles Herbert  Search this
Mount, William Sidney  Search this
Richards, T. Addison (Thomas Addison)  Search this
Thompson, Launt  Search this
Tuckerman, Henry T. (Henry Theodore)  Search this
Whistler, James McNeill  Search this
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
800 Items, (on 3 microfilm reels)
Access Note / Rights:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Correspondence, including letters, calling cards and sketches from American and European artists, among them Albert F. Bellows, Eugene Benson, Edwin H. Blashfield, Rosa Bonheur, Adolph W. Bouguereau, Samuel Colman, Clarence Cook, Jasper F. Cropsey, F. O. C.Darley, Charles F. Daubigny, John Du rand, Sanford R. Gifford, E. D. E. Greene, Augustus Hoppin, Victor Hugo, John La Farge, Jules Lefebvre, Jervis McEntee, Charles H. Moore, William S. Mount, Thomas A. Richards, Launt Thompson, Henry T. Tuckerman, and James McNeill Whistler; five diaries, 1871-1882, detailing annual buying trips to Europe; catalogs, clippings, and miscellaneous publications pertaining to the Avery Art Gallery.<br /> Travel diaries were written exclusively during the summers of 1871-1882 while in Europe (ca.780 p.). Avery visited England, France, Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, and Italy, visiting galleries and studios, and attending sales in the major cities. In his entries, he lists the works that he sees and art purchases that he makes, detailing prices, sizes, and frame requirements. Avery spent most of his time visiting dealers, making shipping arrangements, and commissioning work from a variety of artists. He visited auction houses such as Christie's in London, and "bric a brac shops" where he purchased not only paintings, but also furniture, tapestries and jewelry. He mentions several dealers throughout Europe, especially the P.L. Everard Company and Mr. Boughton in London, and Mr. Van Hinsberg in Belgium. His social engagements included gallery exhibitions, concerts, trips to the opera, and dinners. He describes the French city of Ecouen and the Italian countryside vividly. Avery also records his meeting with the Spanish artist Cutazzi, and describes in detail the finery of the Makart studio in Vienna. Throughout the diaries, he corresponds and meets with Mr. Everard, Mr. Boughton, James McNeill Whistler, Vincent Van Gogh, and people he refers to only as Sam and Mary. Avery writes often of his occasional traveling companion, Mr. Lucas. Beginning in 1873, he mentions his wife, letters to her, and gifts that he buys her. At the end of the diary, he lists his accounts during these years.
Samuel Putnam Avery papers, 1857-1902. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
35mm microfilm reels NMM26, NMM26a, NMM27 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Location of Originals:
Originals in Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Biography Note:
Copper and wood engraver, art dealer, connoisseur and advisor to important collectors. Eventually Avery gave up commercial engraving and devoted himself exclusively to collecting and dealing art; particular specialty being old Dutch paintings and romantic French landscape painters. A founder of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, many of the paintings in that collection were selected by him. He gave notable collections of architectural books to Columbia University, and of engravings and etchings to the New York Public Library.
Language Note:
English .
Lent for microfilming 1964 by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Diaries  Search this
Art Market  Search this
Lives of American Artists  Search this
American Art and Artists in a Global Context  Search this
Record number:
Art Market
Lives of American Artists
American Art and Artists in a Global Context
Data Source:
Archives of American Art