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The collection documents Bishop's painting career, her friendship with other artists, and her participation in several arts organizations. There are scattered biographical documents, correspondence with fellow artists such as Peggy Bacon, Warren Chappell, Edward Laning, and R. B. Kitaj, and with writers, curators, museums, galleries, arts organizations, and others. Also found are arts organization files, Bishop's writings about Warren Chappell and friend Reginald Marsh, notes, exhibition catalogs, news clippings, and other printed material, photographs of Bishop and her artwork, and photographs of Reginald and Felicia Marsh. Original artwork includes 8 sketchbooks, loose sketches, prints, and watercolor figure studies.
Isabel Bishop papers, 1914-1983. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
The bulk of the collection was digitized in 2008 and is available via the Archives of American Art's website.
Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.
Also found at the Archives of American Art are three oral history interviews with Isabel Bishop, April 15, 1959, May 29, 1959, and November 12-December 11, 1987.
The Whitney Museum of American Art and Midtown Galleries loaned additional Bishop papers to the Archives for microfilming on reels NY59-4 and NY59-5. These items were returned to the lenders after microfilming and are not described in the container listing of this finding aid.
Isabel Bishop (1902-1988) was a painter from New York, N.Y.
Donated by Isabel Bishop, 1959-1983. Material was microfilmed as it was received during the period 1959-1971. Material received after 1971 was processed and microfilmed, with funds provided by the Bay Foundation. Portions of material on reels NY59-4 & 5 were lent by the Whitney Museum of American Art and Midtown Galleries.
The papers of Isabel Bishop in the Archives of American Art were digitized in 2008 . The bulk of the papers have been scanned and total 2,150 images.
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