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Museum of Fine Arts, Boston records

Creator:
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston  Search this
Names:
Dougal, William H., 1822-1895  Search this
Falconer, John Mackie, 1820-1903  Search this
Farrer, Henry, 1843-1903  Search this
Koehler, S. R. (Sylvester Rosa), 1837-1900  Search this
Loring, Charles Greely, 1828-1902  Search this
Moran, Thomas, 1837-1926  Search this
Rowlands, Walter, b. 1855  Search this
Sewall, Henry F., 1816-1896  Search this
Shirlaw, Walter, 1838-1909  Search this
Smillie, James David, 1833-1909  Search this
Stuart, Frederick T., 1837-1913  Search this
Walker, Charles Alvah, 1848-1920  Search this
Extent:
79 microfilm reels
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Microfilm reels
Date:
1870-1973
Scope and Contents:
Correspondence, minutes, accession records, building records, and records of the Department of Prints and Drawings.
REELS 536-565: Archives of the Museum, 1875-1954, including: correspondence of the President, Gardiner M. Lane, 1910-1914 (8 letterpress books and 1,256 items); correspondence of the Director, Charles Greely Loring, 1876-1901 (6 vols. and 11,355 items); correspondence of the Assistant Director, Benjamin Ives Gilman, 1894-1902 (6 vols. and 272 items); minutes of the Board of Trustees, 1870-1954 (17 vols.); minutes of the Committee on the Museum, 1875-1954 (25 vols.); minutes of the Executive Committee, 1876-1946 (5 vols.); and Visiting Committee records, 1906-1949 (1 loose leaf binder).
REELS 584-587: Records of the Department of Prints and Drawings, including 2 vols. of correspondence, 1904-1915, 14 accession books, 1872-1946, and 14 record books. Record books include the following: The Sylvester Rosa Koehler Collection, 1893 (3 vols.); the Harvey D. Parker-Henry F. Sewell Collection, 1897-1900 (4 vols.); Objects Entering the Department of Prints and Drawings, 1935-1947; Prices of Prints, 1877-1885; Engravings and Photographs Purchased in Europe, 1886-1887; Visitors to the Gray Collection, 1872-1889; Vistors Register, 1890-1915; and a register of books.
REEL 588 (SEALED): Accession records, 1967-1973.
REELS 589-590: Accession records, 1870-1951.
REELS 2436-2496: Directors' correspondence, 1901-1954.
REELS 2493-2497: Building records, including: records of the Copley Square Building with correspondence, 1870-1901, reports, minutes of the Executive Committee, financial records, and a prospectus and subscription list for the William Morris Hunt Memorial Exhibition, 1879; records of the Huntington Avenue Building, with reports, correspondence and financial records related to its personnel, departments, collections, and competitions; and clippings.
REEL 2715: Papers of the print department, ca. 1841-1901, including: letters from Sylvester R. Koehler, curator of the print department, to Charles G. Loring, director of the museum; letters to Koehler concerning printmaking techniques from W. H. Dougal, John M. Falconer, Henry Farrar, Thomas Moran, Walter Rowlands, Walter Shirlaw, James David Smillie, Frederick T. Stuart and Charles A. Walker; a report by Koehler on the print department, January 10, 1888; correspondence regarding the acquisition of the Henry F. Sewall print collection; a handwritten catalog of the Sewall collection, ca. 1880, including printmaker, title, catalog number, collector's mark and value, 463 p.; notes by Koehler; and printed material.
Provenance:
Lent for microfilming 1973-1983 by Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Restrictions:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
REEL 588: SEALED; no access.
Occupation:
Museum curators -- Massachusetts  Search this
Museum directors -- Massachusetts  Search this
Topic:
Prints -- Technique  Search this
Function:
Art museums -- Massachusetts -- Boston
Identifier:
AAA.musefabr
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-musefabr

Sylvester Rosa Koehler papers, 1833-1904, bulk 1870-1890

Creator:
Koehler, S. R. (Sylvester Rosa), 1837-1900  Search this
Subject:
Falconer, John Mackie  Search this
Anderson, Alexander  Search this
Juengling, Frederick  Search this
Harfin, Jean F.  Search this
Smillie, James David  Search this
Topic:
American Art Review  Search this
Prints -- 19th century  Search this
Art historians -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Art literature  Search this
Museum curators -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Artists -- United States  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7082
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209215
AAA_collcode_koehsylv
Theme:
Art Theory and Historiography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209215
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Society of Painters in Water Colors records, 1850-1855

Creator:
American Society of Painters in Water Colors  Search this
Subject:
Glasgow, James I.  Search this
Halpin, John  Search this
Hunt, Samuel Valentine  Search this
Jones, Alfred  Search this
Parsons, Charles R.  Search this
Beckwith, Henry P.  Search this
Falconer, John Mackie  Search this
Society for the Promotion of Painting in Water Colors  Search this
Topic:
Watercolor painting -- Societies, etc. -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8752
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210933
AAA_collcode_sociptwc
Theme:
Communities, Organizations, Museums
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210933

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston records, 1870-1973

Creator:
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston  Search this
Subject:
Koehler, S. R. (Sylvester Rosa)  Search this
Loring, Charles Greely  Search this
Sewall, Henry F.  Search this
Rowlands, Walter  Search this
Shirlaw, Walter  Search this
Smillie, James David  Search this
Stuart, Frederick T.  Search this
Walker, Charles Alvah  Search this
Dougal, William H.  Search this
Falconer, John Mackie  Search this
Farrer, Henry  Search this
Moran, Thomas  Search this
Topic:
Prints -- Technique  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9074
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211267
AAA_collcode_musefabr
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211267

John Falconer letters, 1847-1854

Creator:
Falconer, John Mackie, 1820-1903  Search this
Subject:
Cole, Maria Bartow  Search this
Cropsey, Jasper Francis  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10368
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213693
AAA_collcode_falcjohn
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_213693

Society of Painters in Water Colors records

Creator:
American Society of Painters in Water Colors  Search this
Names:
Society for the Promotion of Painting in Water Colors  Search this
Beckwith, Henry P.  Search this
Falconer, John Mackie, 1820-1903  Search this
Glasgow, James I.  Search this
Halpin, John  Search this
Hunt, Samuel Valentine, 1803-1893  Search this
Jones, Alfred, 1819-1900  Search this
Parsons, Charles R., 1821-1910  Search this
Extent:
2 Items ((on 2 microfilm reels))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1850-1855
Scope and Contents:
Constitution and minutes of meetings, and a printed announcement.
REEL 801: Constitution and minutes of meetings from the society's inception, October 30, 1850 to September 26, 1855. Some of the members were: Henry P. Beckwith, Alfred Jones, John Halpin, John M. Falconer, Charles Parsons, Samuel V. Hunt and James Glasgow.
REEL 3472: Printed announcement of the opening of the fourth season of the Society's school.
Biographical / Historical:
Professional society; New York City. Also called Society for the Promotion of Painting in Water Colors.
Provenance:
Lent 1974 by the New York Historical Society.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Watercolorists  Search this
Topic:
Watercolor painting -- Societies, etc. -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.sociptwc
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-sociptwc

Sylvester Rosa Koehler papers

Topic:
American Art Review
Creator:
Koehler, S. R. (Sylvester Rosa), 1837-1900  Search this
Names:
Anderson, Alexander, 1775-1870  Search this
Falconer, John Mackie, 1820-1903  Search this
Harfin, Jean F.  Search this
Juengling, Frederick, 1846-1889  Search this
Smillie, James David, 1833-1909  Search this
Extent:
5.4 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1833-1904
bulk 1870-1890
Summary:
The Sylvester Rosa Koehler papers measure 5.4 linear feet and date from 1833 to 1904, with the bulk of the material dating from 1870 to 1890. The collection consists primarily of Koehler's extensive correspondence to and from many notable artists and printmakers such as Jean F. Harfin, John M. Falconer, Frederick Juengling, and James D. Smillie, as well as friends, and family members and professional correspondence concerning Koehler's activities as a writer, curator, and editor of the American Art Review. The collection also contains financial records and other miscellaneous items.
Scope and Content Note:
The Sylvester Rosa Koehler papers measure 5.4 linear feet and date from 1833 to 1904, with the bulk of the material dating from 1870 to 1890. The collection consists primarily of Koehler's extensive correspondence to and from many notable artists and printmakers such as Jean F. Harfin, John M. Falconer, Frederick Juengling, and James D. Smillie, as well as friends, and family members and professional correspondence concerning Koehler's activities as a writer, curator, and editor of the American Art Review. The collection also contains financial records and other miscellaneous items.

Correspondence includes hundreds of letters to and from Koehler. Correspondents include many prominent artists, engravers, architects, art critics, curators, historians, journalists, authors, educators, publishers, and others during the late 1800s. Also found is correspondence with family, most of which is in German. Much of the correspondence concerns Koehler's role as editor of the publication American Art Review, and his work promoting American graphic arts.

Financial Records include Koehler's receipts, primarily from 1885, and a handwritten estimate of costs for publishing the American Art Review.

Miscellany includes biographical information on the wood engraver, Alexander Anderson, various notes by unidentified authors, news clippings, programs and handwritten song texts for music performances.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into 3 series:

Series 1: Correspondence, circa 1833- circa 1904 (Box 1-6; 5.1 linear feet)

Series 2: Financial Records, circa 1870-circa 1890 (Box 6; 14 folders)

Series 3: Miscellany, circa 1859-circa 1896 (Box 6; 11 folders)
Biographical Note:
Art historian and curator Sylvester Rosa Koehler was born in Leipsic, Germany in 1837. He came to the United States with his family in 1849 and settled in Roxbury, Massachusetts. In 1868 he became the Technical Manager of Louis Prang and Company, a lithograph publisher. Koehler was the founding editor of the American Art Review, which commissioned artists for original etchings, and ran from 1879-1881. Through this publication, as well as his work as writer and exhibition curator, Koehler encouraged an American etching revival in the 1880s. Koehler also published many books on American art and was the first Curator of Prints at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. From 1886 to 1900 he served as the first Curator of Graphic Arts at the United States National Museum, part of the Smithsonian Institution. While there, he created a permanent and traveling exhibition of graphic arts. His knowlege of the art world and his extensive personal contacts brought many important collections to the museum. Koehler died in Littleton, New Hampshire in 1900.
Related Material:
Additional correspondence can be found at the Library of Congress, which houses the Papers of S. R. Koehler, 1868-1904, and includes approximately 3,500 letters. Syracuse University Library houses S. R. Koehler Correspondence, 1879-1896, and includes 107 items.
Provenance:
The collection was purchased from Argosy Book Stores, Inc, in 1959. A letter from John Sartain and eleven letters from William Merritt Chase were donated by Charles E. Feinberg, 1955-1962. Two postcards were donated in 2009 by William A. Turnbaugh, an autograph collector. In 2017, John F. McGuigan Jr. and Mary K. McGuigan donated 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.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Use requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington, D.C. research facility.
Rights:
The Sylvester Rosa Koehler papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Prints -- 19th century  Search this
Art historians -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Art literature  Search this
Museum curators -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Artists -- United States  Search this
Citation:
Sylvester Rosa Koehler papers, 1833-1904, bulk 1870-1890. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.koehsylv
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Sylvester Rosa Koehler papers
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Archives of American Art
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John Falconer letters

Creator:
Falconer, John Mackie, 1820-1903  Search this
Names:
Cole, Maria Bartow  Search this
Cropsey, Jasper Francis, 1823-1900  Search this
Extent:
2 Items ((on partial microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1847-1854
Scope and Contents:
One letter to Maria Bartow Cole, from London; and a letter to Jasper Cropsey, October 14, 1847.
Biographical / Historical:
Portrait, landscape and genre painter, watercolorist and enameler; New York, N.Y. Born in Scotland.
Provenance:
Donated 1954 by Francis W. Robinson.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Artists -- New York (State)  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.falcjohn
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-falcjohn

Manhattan from Brooklyn Heights

Artist:
John Mackie Falconer, born Edinburg, Scotland 1820-died New York City 1903  Search this
Type:
Graphic Arts-Print
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase
Object number:
1978.9.2
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
See more items in:
Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk769394a15-d370-4cf4-8074-e4522fc80252
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1978.9.2

Farm House, North Carolina

Artist:
John Mackie Falconer, American, b. Scotland, 1820–1903  Search this
Medium:
Etching on paper
Type:
architecture
Print
Object Name:
Print
Made in:
USA
Date:
1880
Accession Number:
1955-111-109
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq4a4961ca3-98a5-4de8-a9b5-af30192638f8
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1955-111-109

Falconer, John Mackie

Collection Creator:
McGuigan, Mary K.  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 23
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1857
Scope and Contents:
New York, 4 May 1857, to Jasper Francis Cropsey (1823-1900), London. Lengthy letter in which Falconer hopes that Cropsey is enjoying England, but regrets that he and Peter Paul Duggan (d. 1861, portraitist and medalist) are both unwell. Informs Cropsey that James B. Windle, Falconer's employer and Cropsey's close friend, has just died. Discusses happenings in New York. Reports on the upcoming exhibition of the NAD, including Edwin White's (1817-77) picture of the -- First New-England Thanksgiving -- . Says White will sail for Havre soon; John Frederick Kensett (1816-72) leaves soon for the Upper Missouri; Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900) and Louis Remy Mignot (1831-70) also leave on the new steamship -- Vanderbilt -- . Mentions Cropsey's dealings with English artists such as Myles Birket Foster (1825-99), troubles with John Gilbert (1817-97), and a letter of introduction for the engraver Henry Le Keux (1787- 1868). The Palmer Exhibition has closed. Mentions that Tompkins Harrison Matteson (1813-84) will attend the opening of the NAD exhibition and that some are disappointed with the works submitted by John Thomas Peele (1822-97), including his -- The Sound of the Shell -- and -- Music of the Reeds -- .
Collection Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Mary K. McGuigan and John F. McGuigan Jr. artists' letters collection, 1794-1983. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Mary K. McGuigan and John F. McGuigan Jr. artists' letters collection
Mary K. McGuigan and John F. McGuigan Jr. artists' letters collection / Series 1: Mary K. McGuigan and John F. McGuigan Jr. Artists' Letters Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-mcgumary-ref109

Ruins of the Simon Aertsen de Hart House, July 19, 1886, (painting)

Painter:
Falconer, John Mackie 1820-1903  Search this
Medium:
Oil on board
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Brooklyn Historical Society 128 Pierrepont Street Brooklyn New York 11201
Date:
1886
Topic:
Architecture--Ruins  Search this
Landscape--New York--Brooklyn  Search this
Architecture exterior--Domestic  Search this
Control number:
IAP 36070075
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_350060

Barracks at Fort Pitt (From Cropsey Album), (painting)

Painter:
Falconer, John Mackie 1820-1903  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor and graphite on white wove paper
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Metropolitan Museum of Art 5th Avenue at 82nd Street New York New York 10028 Accession Number: 1970.9.27
Topic:
Architecture exterior--Military--Barracks  Search this
Architecture exterior--Military--Fort  Search this
Architecture exterior--Military--Fort Pitt  Search this
Figure  Search this
Control number:
IAP 36121429
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_362604

Montmorency Falls, Canada, (painting)

Painter:
Falconer, John Mackie 1820-1903  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor, gouache, and graphite on light brown wove paper
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Metropolitan Museum of Art 5th Avenue at 82nd Street New York New York 10028 Accession Number: 1972.262
Date:
Ca. 1850
Topic:
Landscape--Waterfall--Montmorency Falls  Search this
Landscape--Canada  Search this
Control number:
IAP 36121430
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_362605

Bearded Man in Tall Hat and Long Coat, (painting)

Painter:
Falconer, John Mackie 1820-1903  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Museum of Fine Arts 465 Huntington Avenue Boston Massachusetts 02115 Accession Number: 59.97
Date:
Nov. 1851
Topic:
Figure male--Full length  Search this
Dress--Accessory--Hat  Search this
Control number:
IAP 20491227
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_264973

The Street Cleaner, (painting)

Painter:
Falconer, John Mackie 1820-1903  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Museum of Fine Arts 465 Huntington Avenue Boston Massachusetts 02115 Accession Number: 56.722
Date:
Feb. 1852
Topic:
Figure male  Search this
Cityscape--Street  Search this
Occupation--Service--Streetsweeper  Search this
Control number:
IAP 20491228
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_264974

The Clerk, (painting)

Painter:
Falconer, John Mackie 1820-1903  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Museum of Fine Arts 465 Huntington Avenue Boston Massachusetts 02115 Accession Number: 59.99
Date:
Feb. 1852
Topic:
Figure male  Search this
Occupation--Service  Search this
Control number:
IAP 20491229
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_264975

Man Reclining, (painting)

Painter:
Falconer, John Mackie 1820-1903  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Museum of Fine Arts 465 Huntington Avenue Boston Massachusetts 02115 Accession Number: 59.100
Date:
March 1852
Topic:
Figure male  Search this
Control number:
IAP 20491230
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_264976

Sidewalk Vendor, (painting)

Painter:
Falconer, John Mackie 1820-1903  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Museum of Fine Arts 465 Huntington Avenue Boston Massachusetts 02115 Accession Number: 56.720
Date:
March 1856
Topic:
Figure male  Search this
Occupation--Vendor  Search this
Control number:
IAP 20491231
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_264977

Negro Boy in White Apron, (painting)

Painter:
Falconer, John Mackie 1820-1903  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor
Culture:
African American  Search this
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Museum of Fine Arts 465 Huntington Avenue Boston Massachusetts 02115 Accession Number: 59.102
Topic:
Figure male--Child  Search this
Ethnic  Search this
Control number:
IAP 20491232
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_264978

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