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Thomas Prichard Rossiter and Rossiter Family papers

Creator:
Rossiter, Thomas Prichard, 1818-1871  Search this
Names:
Archipenko, Alexander, 1887-1964  Search this
Beaux, Cecilia, 1855-1942  Search this
Beckwith, J. Carroll (James Carroll), 1852-1917  Search this
Bevan, Edith Rossiter  Search this
Birch, Reginald Bathurst, 1856-1943  Search this
Cadwalader-Guild, Emma Marie, 1843-1911?  Search this
Castaigne, Andre  Search this
Coffin, William A. (William Anderson), 1855-1925  Search this
Cooper, James Fenimore, 1789-1851  Search this
Cory, Fanny Y.  Search this
Cox, Kenyon, 1856-1919  Search this
Craig, Frank, 1874-1918  Search this
French, Daniel Chester, 1850-1931  Search this
Gibson, Charles Dana, 1867-1944  Search this
Hambidge, Jay, 1867-1924  Search this
Hunt, William Morris, 1824-1879  Search this
Hutt, Henry, b. 1875  Search this
Jay, John, 1817-1894  Search this
Keller, A. J.  Search this
Kensett, John Frederick, 1816-1872  Search this
Kent, Rockwell, 1882-1971  Search this
Kimball, Fiske, 1888-1955  Search this
Low, Will Hicok, 1853-1932  Search this
Melchers, Gari, 1860-1932  Search this
Morris, William H., 1834-1896  Search this
Morse, Samuel Finley Breese, 1791-1872  Search this
Mowbray, H. Siddons (Harry Siddons), 1858-1928  Search this
Newell, Peter, 1862-1924  Search this
Nicholls, Rhoda Holmes  Search this
Peabody, George, 1795-1869  Search this
Pearson, Ralph M., 1883-1958  Search this
Remington, Frederic, 1861-1909  Search this
Rossiter, Ehrick Kensett, 1854-1941  Search this
Rossiter, Thomas Prichard, 1818-1871  Search this
Sartain, William, 1843-1924  Search this
Scott-Moncrieff, David  Search this
Soglow, Otto, 1900-1975  Search this
Tack, Augustus Vincent, 1870-1949  Search this
Tryon, Dwight William, 1849-1925  Search this
Whitmore, Elizabeth  Search this
Extent:
0.5 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sketches
Sketchbooks
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Date:
1840-1961
Summary:
The Thomas Prichard Rossiter and Rossiter Family papers measure 0.5 linear feet and date from 1840 to 1961. Included are letters to painter Thomas Prichard Rossiter and letters to his son, architect Ehrick Kensett Rossiter, documenting their friendships with many artists and Thomas Prichard Rossiter's sketchbook and loose sketches. Edith Rossiter Bevan's papers include her writings on her grandfather, Thomas Prichard Rossiter; a scrapbook; photographs of the Rossiter family; notes by Bevan; news clippings; and other printed material. Also found is Bevan's collection of artists' letters.
Scope and Content Note:
The Thomas Prichard Rossiter and Rossiter Family papers measure 0.5 linear feet and date from 1840 to 1961. Included are letters to painter Thomas Prichard Rossiter and letters to his son, architect Ehrick Kensett Rossiter, documenting their friendships with many artists. Notable letters are from James Fenimore Cooper, William Morris Hunt, John Jay, J. F. Kensett, William H. Morris, Samuel F. B. Morse, George Peabody, Cecelia Beaux, William A. Coffin, Daniel Chester French, Will H. Low, Gari Melchers, William Sartain, Augustus Vincent Tack, Dwight Tryon, and many others.

The collection contains Thomas Prichard Rossiter's sketchbook drawn while living in Italy in 1943, and three other sketches including a portrait of his family.

Also found are letters to Edith Rossiter Bevan and her writings on her grandfather, Thomas Prichard Rossiter, including a biography and checklist of his paintings. Bevan also compiled a scrapbook on his career and family history which includes drawings by Rossiter, photographs of the Rossiter family and his artwork, notes by Bevan, news clippings, and other printed material.

A collection of Edith Rossiter Bevan's artists' letters is found within the papers. Letters are from Alexander Archipenko, J. Carroll Beckwith, Reginald Birch, Emma M. Cadwalader-Guild, Andre Castaigne, Fanny Cory, Kenyon Cox, Frank Craig, Charles Dana Gibson, Jay Hambridge, Henry Hutt, A. J. Keller, Rockwell Kent, Fiske Kimball, David Scott Moncrieff, H. Siddons Mowbray, Peter Newell, Rhoda Holmes Nicholls, Ralph M. Pearson, Frederic Remington, Otto Soglow, and Elizabeth Whitmore.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into 2 series:

Missing Title

Series 1: Thomas Prichard Rossiter and Rossiter Family Papers, 1840-1961 (Box 1-2; 0.4 linear feet)

Series 2: Edith Rossiter Bevan Collection of Artists' Letters, circa 1891-1939, 1951 (Box 1; 2 folders)
Biographical Note:
Thomas Prichard Rossiter (1818-1871) was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He first learned painting as an apprentice for a Mr. John Boyd, and also studied with Nathaniel Jocelyn. In 1838 he exhibited two paintings at the National Academy of Design, and in 1939 moved to New York City and opened a studio.

In 1840, Rossiter traveled to Europe with Asher B. Durand, John Kensett, and John Casilaer, and while there visited Rome with Thomas Cole. He decided to stay in Italy until 1846 when he moved to New York City and shared a studio with Kensett and Louis Lang. During this period he relied on portrait painting for his income, but also painted historical and religious paintings.

In 1851 Rossiter married Anna Ehrick Parmly and they toured Europe in 1853. They settled in Paris where Anna gave birth to twins Ehrick Kensett and Charlotte. Rossiter exhibited at the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1855. Anna died shortly after the birth of their daughter Anna, and the family moved back to New York.

For a brief period of time Rossiter had an art gallery, exhibiting his work and the work of his friends. In 1860 he married Mary (Mollie) Sterling and moved his family to Cold Spring, New York on the Hudson River. He continued to paint portraits, historical, and religious paintings, and exhibited at the National Academy of Design and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, until his death in 1871.

Ehrick Kensett Rossiter (1854-1941), named after his father's friend John Frederick Kensett, attended Cornell University and became an architect in New York as part of the firm Rossiter & Muller. He was a member of the Architectural League, United States Public Architects' League, and trustee of the American Fine Arts Society. In 1877 he married Mary Heath and they had three sons and a daughter. Their daughter Edith Rossiter Bevan was a historian and avid collector of historical autographs.
Related Material:
Also found in the Archives of American Art is a Thomas Prichard Rossiter letter to Elias Beirs dated January 12, 1840.
Provenance:
A portion of the collection was donated in 1957 by Edith Rossiter Bevan, daughter of Ehrick Kensett Rossiter, and granddaughter of Thomas Prichard Rossiter. Additional material was donated in 2007 by Patti Rossiter Ravenscroft, Rossiter's Great Great Granddaughter.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Occupation:
Painters -- New York (State)  Search this
Topic:
Architects -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sketches
Sketchbooks
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Citation:
Thomas Prichard Rossiter and Rossiter Family papers, 1840-1957. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.rossthom
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Archives of American Art
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Online Media:

The history of the Navy of the United States of America abridged in one volume by J. Fenimore Cooper

Author:
Cooper, James Fenimore 1789-1851  Search this
Former owner:
Day, William DSI  Search this
Donor:
Burndy Library DSI  Search this
Subject:
United States Navy History  Search this
United States Navy History  Search this
Physical description:
xii, 13-447, [1] pages, [2] leaves of plates map, plan 21 cm
Type:
Books
Chronology
History
Naval history
Place:
United States
Date:
1841
Topic:
PRO, Stockbridge, P. (autograph)  Search this
History, Naval  Search this
Call number:
E182 .C77 1841
E182.C77 1841
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_284127

Letters and journals. Edited by James Franklin Beard

Author:
Cooper, James Fenimore 1789-1851  Search this
Beard, James Franklin 1919-1989-  Search this
Physical description:
6 v. ill., ports., facsims. 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1960
1960-68
Topic:
Cooper, James Fenimore  Search this
Cooper, James Fenimore--Letters and journals  Search this
Call number:
CT275.C774 A1l
CT275.C774A1l
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_100119

The sea lions. Edited with an introd. by Warren S. Walker

Author:
Cooper, James Fenimore 1789-1851  Search this
Editor:
Walker, Warren S.  Search this
Physical description:
xxx, 503 pages illustrations, facsimile 21 cm
Type:
Fiction
Sea stories
Date:
1965
1860
[1965]
Topic:
Sealers (Persons)  Search this
Call number:
PZ3.C786 Se20X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_14078

The making of racial sentiment : slavery and the birth of the frontier romance / Ezra Tawil

Author:
Tawil, Ezra F. 1967-  Search this
Subject:
Cooper, James Fenimore 1789-1851 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Stowe, Harriet Beecher 1811-1896 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Physical description:
ix, 244 p. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2006
19th century
Topic:
American fiction--History and criticism  Search this
Race in literature  Search this
Emotions in literature  Search this
Frontier and pioneer life in literature  Search this
Indians in literature  Search this
Slavery in literature  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_825050

James Fenimore Cooper : a re-appraisal

Author:
New York State Historical Association  Search this
Subject:
Cooper, James Fenimore 1789-1851  Search this
Physical description:
367-568 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1954
Call number:
CT275.C774 N4 1954
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_554431

Home fronts : domesticity and its critics in the Antebellum United States / by Lora Romero

Author:
Romero, Lora  Search this
Subject:
Cooper, James Fenimore 1789-1851 Political and social views  Search this
Stowe, Harriet Beecher 1811-1896 Political and social views  Search this
Hawthorne, Nathaniel 1804-1864 Political and social views  Search this
Stewart, Maria W. 1803-1879 Political and social views  Search this
Physical description:
ix, 143 p. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1997
19th century
Topic:
American fiction--History and criticism  Search this
Domestic fiction, American--History and criticism  Search this
Literature and society--History  Search this
Women and literature--History  Search this
Home--History--Historiography  Search this
Authorship--Sex differences  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_556105

Memorial of James Fenimore Cooper

Author:
Bryant, William Cullen 1794-1878  Search this
Putnam, George Palmer 1814-1872  Search this
Former owner:
Comegys Library DSI  Search this
Subject:
Cooper, James Fenimore 1789-1851  Search this
Physical description:
106, [4] p., [2] leaves of plates : ill., port. ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1852
Call number:
PS1435 .M53 1852
PS1435.M53 1852
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_402274

Ned Myers ; or a life before the mast / edited by J. Fenimore Cooper ; with an introduction and notes by William S. Dudley

Author:
Myers, Ned ca. 1793-1849  Search this
Cooper, James Fenimore 1789-1851  Search this
Subject:
Myers, Ned ca. 1793-1849  Search this
Physical description:
xix, 285 p. ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1989
1843
C1989
Topic:
Seafaring life  Search this
Call number:
G540.M94 1989X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_407047

William Cooper's town : power and persuasion on the frontier of the early American republic / Alan Taylor

Author:
Taylor, Alan 1955-  Search this
Subject:
Cooper, James Fenimore 1789-1851 Pioneers  Search this
Cooper, William 1754-1809  Search this
Physical description:
viii, 549 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Cooperstown (N.Y.)
Date:
1995
Topic:
History  Search this
Call number:
CT275.C7777 T2 1995
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_484887

History of the navy of the United States of America. By J. Fenimore Cooper

Author:
Cooper, James Fenimore 1789-1851  Search this
Subject:
United States Navy History  Search this
Physical description:
2 v. fronts. (maps) 24 cm
Type:
Books
Chronology
Date:
1840
Call number:
E182.C785X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_301103

James Fenimore Cooper and Ossian. Upsala, 1949;

Author:
Fridén, Georg  Search this
Subject:
Cooper, James Fenimore 1789-1851  Search this
Macpherson, James 1736-1796 Ossian  Search this
Physical description:
54, [2] p. 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1973
1949
Call number:
E98.N2 H74 1973
E98.N2H74 1973
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_340740

The monikins / edited by the author of the "The spy"

Author:
Cooper, James Fenimore 1789-1851  Search this
Physical description:
2 v. in 1, [495] p. ; 18 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1841
Call number:
PS1409 .M7 1841
PS1409.M7 1841
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_354588

History of the Navy of the United States of America. By J. Fenimore Cooper. Continued to 1853. From the author's manuscripts, and other authentic sources ..

Author:
Cooper, James Fenimore 1789-1851  Search this
Subject:
United States Navy History  Search this
Physical description:
3 v. in 1. front., ports., map, plan. 22 cm
Type:
Books
Chronology
Place:
United States
Date:
1853
Topic:
History, Naval  Search this
Call number:
E182 .C77 1853
E182.C77 1853
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_113538

The history of the Navy of the United States of America. By J. Fenimore Cooper ..

Author:
Cooper, James Fenimore 1789-1851  Search this
Subject:
United States Navy History  Search this
Physical description:
2 v. front. (map) 25 cm
Type:
Books
Chronology
Date:
1839
Call number:
E182 .C77
E182.C77
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_118694

A guide in the wilderness; or The history of the first settlement in the western counties of New York, with useful instructions to future settlers. In a series of letters addressed by Judge Cooper, of Coopers-town, to William Sampson, barrister, of New York. Dublin, Printed by Gilbert & Hodges, 37 Dame street, 1810

Author:
Cooper, William 1754-1809  Search this
Cooper, James Fenimore 1789-1851  Search this
Physical description:
1 p. l., viii, 41, [1] p. 22 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
New York
New York (State)
Otsego County (N.Y.)
Date:
1897
1810
1897]
Topic:
Frontier and pioneer life  Search this
Description and travel  Search this
Call number:
F123 .C778
F123.C778
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_122970

James Fenimore Cooper

Author:
Grossman, James  Search this
Subject:
Cooper, James Fenimore 1789-1851  Search this
Physical description:
viii, 292 p. port. 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1967
[1967, c1949]
Call number:
CT275.C774 G8 1967
CT275.C774G8 1967
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_14076

Notions of the Americans : picked up by a travelling bachelor ; in two volumes

Author:
Cooper, James Fenimore 1789-1851  Search this
Publisher:
Colburn, Henry -1855  Search this
Printers:
Shackell and Baylis  Search this
Former owner:
Kelso Library DSI  Search this
Physical description:
2 volumes ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
New England
New York (State)
United States
Date:
1828
1783-1865
Topic:
Description and travel  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Call number:
E165 .C777 1828
E165.C777
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_43353

Notions of the Americans: picked up by a travelling bachelor ..

Author:
Cooper, James Fenimore 1789-1851  Search this
Physical description:
2 v. 18 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1828
Topic:
Description and travel  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Call number:
E165 .C777 1828
E165.C777 1828
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_48654

Notions of the Americans / picked up by a travelling bachelor ; in two volumes

Title:
Travelling bachelor
Author:
Cooper, James Fenimore 1789-1851  Search this
Publishers:
Carey, Lea & Carey  Search this
Physical description:
2 volumes ; 18 cm
Type:
Books
Early works
Place:
New England
New York (State)
United States
Date:
1828
Topic:
Description and travel  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Call number:
E165 .C777 1828b
E165.C777 1828
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_48655

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