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Walter Gay papers, 1870-1937

Creator:
Gay, Walter, 1856-1937  Search this
Subject:
Gay, Matilda Travers  Search this
Type:
Scrapbooks
Sketchbooks
Photographs
Topic:
Painters -- France -- Paris  Search this
Expatriate painters -- France -- Paris  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8963
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211150
AAA_collcode_gaywaltp
Theme:
Sketches & Sketchbooks
American Art and Artists in a Global Context
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211150
Online Media:

Walter Gay papers

Creator:
Gay, Walter, 1856-1937  Search this
Names:
Gay, Matilda Travers  Search this
Extent:
1.2 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Scrapbooks
Sketchbooks
Photographs
Date:
1870-1937
1980
Summary:
The papers of expatriate painter Walter Gay measure 1.2 linear feet and date from 1870-1937 with some photocopied items and a photograph dated 1980. The collection includes photocopies of two letters, scrapbooks assembled by Gay's wife, Matilda Gay, with correspondence, photographs, exhibition catalogs, price lists for artwork, and clippings, photocopies of a scrapbook of clippings, four of Gay's sketchbooks, three photographs of Gay and a photograph of a painting by Gay.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of expatriate painter Walter Gay measure 1.2 linear feet and date from 1870-1937 with some photocopied items and a photograph dated 1980. The collection includes photocopies of two letters, scrapbooks assembled by Gay's wife, Matilda Gay, with correspondence, photographs, exhibition catalogs, price lists for artwork, and clippings, photocopies of a scrapbook of clippings, four of Gay's sketchbooks, three photographs of Gay and a photograph of a painting by Gay.
Arrangement:
Due to the small size of the collection the papers are arranged as one series.

Series 1: Walter Gay Papers, 1870-1937, 1980 (Boxes 1-4; 1.2 linear feet)
Biographical / Historical:
Expatriate painter Walter Gay (1856-1937) was born in Hingham, Massachusetts. He married heiress Matilda E. Travers, and in 1876 the couple moved to Paris where Gay became a pupil of Leon Bonnat. The couple lived in an apartment on the Left Bank and in 1907 purchased Chatea Le Breau near the Forest of Fontainebleau.

Gay painted figure studies of French peasant life but was best known for his interiors of turn of the century private homes furnished by decorators such as Elsie de Wolfe and novelist Edith Wharton, who formed part of the large and stylish circle of friends in which the Gays circulated.

Gay received honorable mention in the Paris Salon of 1885 and a gold medal in 1888. He became an Officer of the Legion of Honor and his works can be found in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Tate Gallery, London.
Provenance:
The Walter Gay papers were donated in two 1980 accessions. Scrapbooks, transcripts and photographs of Gay were donated by Mrs Bronson (Sophie Gay) Griscom, niece of Walter Gay. Sketchbooks, photocopies of a scrapbook, photocopies of letters, and a photograph of artwork were donated by John Gay, nephew of Walter Gay.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
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.
Topic:
Painters -- France -- Paris  Search this
Expatriate painters -- France -- Paris  Search this
Genre/Form:
Scrapbooks
Sketchbooks
Photographs
Citation:
Walter Gay papers, 1870-1937, 1980. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.gaywaltp
See more items in:
Walter Gay papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-gaywaltp
Online Media:

The New-York directory and register for the year 1789 : illustrated with an accurate and elegant plan of the city of New York, and part of Long Island ... from the latest survey ..

Donor:
Gay, Matilda Travers d. 1943 DSI  Search this
Author:
Cooper, John DSI  Search this
Physical description:
144 p. : ill. ; 17 cm. (12mo)
Type:
Books
Place:
New York (N.Y.)
Date:
1789
Topic:
Directories  Search this
Early works to 1800  Search this
Call number:
F128.44 .N5 1789
F128.44.N5 1789
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_392898

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