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Sill, Joseph, 1801-1854  Search this
Audubon, John James  Search this
Audubon, Victor Gifford  Search this
Carey, Edward L.  Search this
Furness, William Henry  Search this
Hubard, William James  Search this
Huntington, Daniel  Search this
Lambdin, James Reid  Search this
Leutze, Emanuel  Search this
Morse, Samuel Finley Breese  Search this
Neagle, John  Search this
Page, William  Search this
Rothermel, Peter Frederick  Search this
Sartain, John  Search this
Saunders, George Lethbridge  Search this
Shaw, Joshua  Search this
Sully, Thomas  Search this
Watmough, Edward  Search this
Waugh, Samuel Bell  Search this
Weber, Paul  Search this
Weir, Robert Walter  Search this
Winner, W. E. (William E)  Search this
Artists' Fund Society  Search this
Art-Union of Philadelphia  Search this
National Academy of Design (U.S.)  Search this
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts  Search this
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
2 Items, partial microfilm reels
Access Note / Rights:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Ca. 850 pages of selected art related excerpts from Sill's diaries. The diaries date from 1832 to 1854 and document his own painting activities, his association with the Artists and Amateurs Association, Artists' Fund Society, and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He gives his reactions to the work of other artists as seen in exhibitions in Philadelphia and New York, especially at the National Academy of Design, as well as in private collections. He writes about panoramas shown in Philadelphia, purchases of works of art for himself and others, commissions to artists to paint pictures for him, etc. In particular he writes frequently of his friend, the collector and patron Edward L. Carey, and of Carey's collection. He often mentions John Sartain, James R. Lambdin, Peter F. Rothermel, Daniel Huntington, Thomas Sully, William H. Furness, Emanuel Leutze, George L. Saunders, Samuel B. Waugh, Paul Weber, William J. Hubard, Monachesi, and John Neagle. He tells of the founding and subsequent activities of the Art-Union of Philadelphia; the sale of Joshua Shaw's paintings and his misfortunes; the work and ill natured personality of William Page; meeting with and a drawing and description of John J. Audubon; a controversy between Robert W. Weir and Samuel F. B. Morse about who will paint the Mayflower Compact; V. G. Audubon's efforts to get subscribers for his father's book; and Bowen's lithographic shop.
He characterizes Edward Watmough and William E. Winner.
Joseph Sill selected diaries, 1832-1854. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
35mm microfilm reels P29-P30 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Location of Originals:
Originals in Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Joseph Sill diaries, Mss. collection # 600.
Biography Note:
Collector, amateur painter; Philadelphia, Pa.
Language Note:
English .
Microfilmed for the Archives of American Art in 1955 by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Diaries donated to the Society by Edward Madiera.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Art, American -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- Diaries  Search this
Diaries  Search this
Lives of artists  Search this
Record number:
Lives of artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art