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 collection of artists' letters compiled by Mary and John McGuigan Jr. measure 0.6 linear feet and date from 1794-1938. The collection is comprised of a group of letters, writings, and signed documents to and from a variety of artists, art administrators, art critics, historians, and art-related organizations assembled from multiple sources. It also includes associated printed material with some documents and a few photographs, including carte de visites and cabinet cards. <br /> Letters and signed documents are from Washington Allston, William Holbrook Beard, Eugene Benson, Albert Bierstadt, George Henry Boughten, James Renwick Brevoort, Frederic Edwin Church, James Claghorn, Samuel Colman, John Singleton Copley, Kenyon Cox, Jasper Francis Cropsey, F.O.C. Darley, Joseph DeCamp, Frank Duveneck, Francis Edwin Elwell, John Mackie Falconer, Daniel Chester French, Ignaz Michael Marcel Gaugengigl, Horatio Greenough, Chester Harding, Childe Hassam, George Healy, William Morris Hunt, Daniel Huntington, Harriet Randolph Hyatt, Henry Inman, George Inness, Hugh Bolton Jones, John LaFarge, Charles Robert Leslie, Will Low, Frederick William MacMonnies, Samuel F. B. Morse, Erastus Dow Palmer, Rembrandt Peale, Rubens Peale, Elizabeth Robins Pennell, Tobias (Toby) Edward Rosenthal, John Singer Sargent, George Henry Smillie, Marie Spartali Stillman, William James Stillman, Henry Ossawa Tanner, Abbott Handerson Thayer, Charles Yardley Turner, Stephen Arnold Douglas Volk, Julien Alden Weir, Robert W. Weir, Benjamin West, Stanford White, Worthington Whittredge, and Otho Wiecker, among others. Also included is friendship album owned by William Tilden Blodgett, Jr. with poems, sketches and botanical watercolors by others.
Mary K. McGuigan and John F. McGuigan, Jr. artists' letters collection, 1794-1938. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Mary K. McGuigan and John F. McGuigan Jr. are art historians and collectors in Milford, Pennsylvania.
John F. McGuigan Jr. and Mary K. McGuigan purchased these letters and generously donated them to the Archives of American Art between 2000 and 2019. The McGuigans have purchased and donated additional archival materials to the Archives, including a portion of the Douglas Volk and Leonard Wells Volk papers. In 2017 the McGuigans donated an addition to the Sylvester Rosa Koehler papers, including sixty-nine letters from A. Barry, Truman Howe Bartlett, William Merritt Chase, Timothy Cole, Edward Henry Clement, Cyrus Edwin Dallin, Robert Swain Gifford, George Inness, Anna Lea Merritt, Stephen Parrish, John Sartain, Francis Hopkinson Smith, and Frederic Porter Vinton.
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