Due to the small size of the collection the art works are arranged as one series.
Access Note / Rights:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
The Samuel Gray Ward art works date from circa 1850 and comprise eleven watercolors and wash drawings by Ward and three photographic portraits of Ward, his mother, and his father, Thomas Wren Ward. Each portrait has watercolor added to the surface.
Samuel Gray Ward art works, circa 1850. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
The collection was digitized in 2023 and is available on the Archives of American Art website.
Author Samuel Gray Ward (1817-1907) was a founder of the Metropolitan Museum and its first treasurer, and the grandfather of art patron Elizabeth Ward Perkins. Ward was a minor member of the American Transcendentalism movement and an intimate of Ralph Waldo Emerson and his circle. Ward translated Goethe's Essays On Art (1845) and ultimately gave up a career in writing for business just before he married.
The collection was donated by Elinor Mansfield via Giovonni Castano Gallery in November 1957.
This site provides access to the papers of Samuel Gray Ward in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2023, and total 27 images.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001