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Henry Kirke Brown papers, 1836-1893

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Brown, Henry Kirke, 1814-1886  Search this
Palmer, Erastus Dow  Search this
Udall, Lydia Louise  Search this
Lang, Louis  Search this
Bush-Brown, Henry Kirke  Search this
Powers, Hiram  Search this
Stone, Horatio  Search this
Fuller, George  Search this
Catlin, George  Search this
Gifford, Sanford Robinson  Search this
Lambdin, James Reid  Search this
United States.Art Commission  Search this
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
1 linear feet
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
The papers of sculptor and portrait painter Henry Kirke Brown measure 1 linear feet and date from 1836 to 1893. The collection includes Brown's correspondence with his wife, Lydia Louise Udall, his nephew, Henry Kirke Bush-Brown, and other family members. Also included are letters from artists George Catlin, George Fuller, Sanford R. Gifford, James Reid Lambdin, Louis Lang, Erastus Dow Palmer, Hiram Powers, Horatio Stone, and others; five news clippings; and miscellaneous notes.<br /> Brown's lengthy letters to his wife reveal his devotion to her and the conflict he felt between his art and his personal life. He discusses his work, including progress on his statue of George Washington, located in Union Square, New York City. Letters to his family from Rome and Florence allude to his awe of Italy's monuments. Also included are letters from Washington, D.C. during Brown's tenure as a member of the U.S. Art Commission in the 1860s.
Henry Kirke Brown papers, 1836-1893. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
This collection is available on 35 mm microfilm reels 2770 and 2771 at the Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan. Researchers should note that the arrangement of the material described in the container inventory does not reflect the arrangement of the collection on microfilm.
Biography Note:
Henry Kirke Brown (1814-1886) was an American sculptor and portrait painter born in Leyden, Massachusetts and died in Newburgh, New York.
The Henry Kirke Brown papers were donated to the Archives of American in 1981 by Dorothy Young, who acquired the papers from her husband, an art dealer.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Sculpture, Modern  Search this
Italy  Search this
Record number:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art