This collection is arranged as 8 series. Series 1: Biographical Material, 1864-circa 1930 (Box 1; 0.1 linear feet) Series 2: Correspondence, 1849-1931 (Box 1; 0.2 linear feet) Series 3: Writings and Notes, 1875-circa 1912 (Box 1-2, 5; 0.3 linear feet) Series 4: Personal Business and Financial records, 1864-1871 (Box 2; 2 folders) Series 5: Printed Material, 1882-1931 (Box 2; 0.3 linear feet) Series 6: Scrapbooks, 1866-1923 (Box 3; 0.2 linear feet) Series 7: Photographs, circa 1862-circa 1930 (Box 3-5; 0.4 linear feet) Series 8: Artwork and Sketchbooks, 1864-1912 (Box 4-5; 0.4 linear feet)
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The papers of painter and writer Henry Bacon date from 1849-1931 and measure 1.9 linear feet. The collection documents Bacon's career and travels through France and Egypt. Included are biographical materials, correspondence, writings by Bacon and others, scattered business records, printed material, scrapbooks, photographs, eight sketchbooks and additional sketches.
Henry Bacon papers, 1849-1931. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
The bulk of this collection was digitized in 2013 and is available via the Archives of American Art's website.
Processing and digitization of this collection was funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art
Also found in the Archives are three sketchbooks lent by Nancy C. Brecht for microfilming on reels 4040-4041. The scrapbooks are not described in the container listing of this finding aid but are available for viewing in Archives of American Art offices and via interlibrary loan.
Painter and writer, Henry Bacon (1839-1912) spent much of his career and life in France and Egypt. He is best known for his watercolor depictions of Egyptian desert scenes.
The collection is in English and French.
The collection was donated in 1987 by Nancy N. Brecht, the grandniece of Henry Bacon and granddaughter of Bacon's brother, Earle.
This site provides access to the papers of Henry Bacon in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2015, and total 1,828 images.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001