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Rossiter, Thomas Prichard, 1818-1871  Search this
Gibson, Charles Dana  Search this
Kimball, Fiske  Search this
Low, Will Hicok  Search this
Cox, Kenyon  Search this
Sartain, William  Search this
Castaigne, J. AndrĂ©  Search this
Morris, William H.  Search this
Bevan, Edith Rossiter  Search this
Kent, Rockwell  Search this
Hambidge, Jay Edward  Search this
Rossiter, Ehrick Kensett  Search this
Rossiter, Thomas Prichard  Search this
Scott-Moncrieff, David  Search this
Morse, Samuel Finley Breese  Search this
Jay, John  Search this
Newell, Peter S.  Search this
Nicholls, Rhoda Holmes  Search this
Whitmore, Elizabeth  Search this
Tryon, Dwight William  Search this
Melchers, Gari  Search this
Craig, Frank  Search this
Peabody, George  Search this
Cadwalader-Guild, Emma Marie  Search this
Remington, Frederic  Search this
Beckwith, J. Carroll (James Carroll)  Search this
Keller, A. J.  Search this
Coffin, William A. (William Anderson)  Search this
Tack, Augustus Vincent  Search this
Cory, Fanny Y.  Search this
Kensett, John Frederick  Search this
Mowbray, Harry Siddons  Search this
Hunt, William Morris  Search this
Birch, Reginald Bathurst  Search this
Hutt, Henry  Search this
Cooper, James Fenimore  Search this
French, Daniel Chester  Search this
Pearson, Ralph M.  Search this
Soglow, Otto  Search this
Archipenko, Alexander  Search this
Beaux, Cecilia  Search this
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
0.5 linear feet
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
The Thomas Prichard Rossiter and Rossiter Family papers measure 0.5 linear feet and date from 1840 to 1961. Included are letters to painter Thomas Prichard Rossiter and letters to his son, architect Ehrick Kensett Rossiter, documenting their friendships with many artists, Thomas Rossiter's sketches and a sketchbook; and papers of Edith Rossiter Bevan. Notable letters are from James Fenimore Cooper, William Morris Hunt, John Jay, J. F. Kensett, William H. Morris, Samuel F. B. Morse, George Peabody, Cecelia Beaux, William A. Coffin, Daniel Chester French, Will H. Low, Gari Melchers, William Sartain, Augustus Vincent Tack, Dwight Tryon, and many others. <br /> The collection contains Thomas Prichard Rossiter's sketchbook drawn while living in Italy in 1943, and three other sketches including a portrait of his family. <br /> Also found are letters to Edith Rossiter Bevan and her writings on her grandfather, Thomas Prichard Rossiter, including a biography and checklist of his paintings. Bevan also compiled a scrapbook on his career and family history which includes drawings by Rossiter, photographs of the Rossiter family and his artwork, notes by Bevan, news clippings, and other printed material. <br /> A collection of Edith Rossiter Bevan's artists' letters is found within the papers. Letters are from Alexander Archipenko, J. Carroll Beckwith, Reginald Birch, Emma M. Cadwalader-Guild, Andre Castaigne, Fanny Cory, Kenyon Cox, Frank Craig, Charles Dana Gibson, Jay Hambridge, Henry Hutt, A. J. Keller, Rockwell Kent, Fiske Kimball, David Scott Moncrieff, H. Siddons Mowbray, Peter Newell, Rhoda Holmes Nicholls, Ralph M. Pearson, Frederic Remington, Otto Soglow, and Elizabeth Whitmore.
Thomas Prichard Rossiter and Rossiter family papers, 1840-1961. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
The collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website.
Digitized in 2009 with funding provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.
Related Materials:
Also found in the Archives of American Art is a Thomas Prichard Rossiter letter to Elias Beirs dated January 12, 1840.
Biography Note:
Thomas Prichard Rossiter (1818-1871) was a portrait painter in New York, N.Y. and Ehrick Kensett Rossiter (1854-1941) was an architect of New York, N.Y. In 1840, Thomas Rossiter traveled to Europe with Asher B. Durand, John Kensett, and John Casilaer, and while there visited Rome with Thomas Cole. He decided to stay in Italy until 1846 when he moved to New York City and shared a studio with Kensett and Louis Lang. In 1851 Rossiter married Anna Ehrick Parmly and they toured Europe in 1853. The two had three children, twins Ehrick Kensett and Charlotte, and a second daughther Anna. After the death of his wife shortly after giving birth to their third child,the family moved back to New York. For a brief period of time Rossiter had an art gallery, exhibiting his work and the work of his friends. In 1860 he married Mary (Mollie) Sterling and moved his family to Cold Spring, New York on the Hudson River. He continued to paint portraits, historical, and religious paintings, and exhibited at the National Academy of Design and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, until his death in 1871. Ehrick Kensett Rossiter attended Cornell University and became an architect in New York as part of the firm Rossiter & Muller. He was a member of the Architectural League, United States Public Architects' League, and trustee of the American Fine Arts Society. In 1877 he married Mary Heath and they had three sons and a daughter. Their daughter Edith Rossiter Bevan was a historian and avid collector of historical autographs.
A portion of the collection was donated in 1957 by Edith Rossiter Bevan, daughter of Ehrick Kensett Rossiter, and granddaughter of Thomas Prichard Rossiter. Additional material was donated in 2007 by Patti Rossiter Ravenscroft, Rossiter's Great Great Granddaughter.
Digitization Note:
The papers of Thomas Prichard Rossiter and the Rossiter family in the Archives of American Art were digitized in 2009. The papers have been scanned in their entirety, and total 467 images.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Record number:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art