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William Anderson Coffin papers, 1886-1924

Creator:
Coffin, William A. (William Anderson), 1855-1925  Search this
Subject:
Stella, Joseph  Search this
Warren, Whitney  Search this
Mauer, Alfred  Search this
Benson, Frank Weston  Search this
Blashfield, Edwin Howland  Search this
Zorach, William  Search this
Gay, Walter  Search this
Gussow, Bernard  Search this
Bouché, Louis  Search this
Cortissoz, Royal  Search this
Pan-American Exposition  Search this
Société des artistes français  Search this
Exposition d'artistes de l'école Américaine  Search this
American Rights Committee  Search this
American Artists' Committee of One Hundred  Search this
Lotos Club (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Musée d'histoire et d'art (Luxembourg)  Search this
Committee for the Exhibition of American Painting and Sculpture (Paris, France)  Search this
Type:
Scrapbooks
Photographs
Topic:
Harper's Weekly  Search this
New York Post  Search this
Art Exhibitions France Paris  Search this
Art critics -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Landscape painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art, American  Search this
World War, 1914-1918 -- Civilian relief -- France  Search this
Art critics -- France -- Paris  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7476
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209634
AAA_collcode_coffwill
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209634
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Gay, Walter

Collection Creator:
Jacques Seligmann & Co  Search this
Container:
Box 186, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1929
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The records of Jacques Seligmann & Co. 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.
Collection Citation:
Jacques Seligmann & Co. records, 1904-1978, bulk 1913-1974. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Jacques Seligmann & Co. records
Jacques Seligmann & Co. records / Series 2: Collectors Files / 2.1: Collectors
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-jacqself-ref13346

Gary A. Reynolds papers

Creator:
Reynolds, Gary A.  Search this
Names:
Grey Art Gallery & Study Center  Search this
Audubon, John James, 1785-1851  Search this
Boldini, Giovanni, 1842-1931  Search this
Browere, A. D. O. (Alburtis Dell Orient), 1814-1887  Search this
Gay, Walter, 1856-1937  Search this
Morse, Samuel Finley Breese, 1791-1872  Search this
Sargent, John Singer, 1856-1925  Search this
Tiffany, Louis Comfort, 1848-1933  Search this
Wiles, Irving Ramsay, 1861-1948  Search this
Extent:
3 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1973-1990
Scope and Contents:
Research material for exhibitions curated by Reynolds at the Grey Art Gallery, for articles, essays, and his graduate studies; and miscellaneous correspondence and subject files.
Files on exhibitions curated by Reynolds at the Grey Art Gallery, including Louis Comfort Tiffany: The Paintings (1979), John James Audubon and His Sons (1982), Samuel F.B. Morse and the Grand Style (1983), Giovannie Boldini and Society Portraiture (1984), and Walter Gay, 1856-1937 (1984), containing correspondence with owners of works of art, galleries, auction houses and museums; issues of the Grey Art Gallery Bulletin containing writings by Reynolds; files relating to published and unpublished writings, including Reynolds' master's thesis on A.D.O. Browere and other writings done as a graduate student at Brooklyn College, articles, essays, and other writings on Theodore Wores, Irving Wiles, Leopold Seyffert, John Singer Sargent, the architecture of the Brooklyn Museum, and other subjects.
Also included are writings by others; miscellaneous correspondence; printed material; photographs of works of art; and files regarding Reynolds' participation in New York State funded art projects, including New York: The State of Art (1977), Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Arts For Transit (1981-1985), and the New York State Council on the Arts' Museum Aid panel (1983-1986). Some of the Grey Art Gallery exhibition files contain related correspondence added by Reynolds after the exhibition.
Biographical / Historical:
Art historian; New York, N.Y. and Newark, N.J. Born 1949. Died 1990. Curator of painting and sculpture at the Newark Museum, N.J., 1983-1990; the Grey Art Gallery and Study Center, New York University, 1977-1983, and curatorial assistant at the Brooklyn Museum, 1972-1977. Specialized in 19th and 20th century American painting. Wrote numerous articles on art.
Provenance:
Donated 1991 by the Gary Reynolds estate, via Paul Himmelstein, executor.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Art historians  Search this
Museum curators  Search this
Art museum curators  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.reyngary
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-reyngary

Childhood sketchbook

Creator:
Gay, Walter, 1856-1937  Search this
Type:
Artworks
Date:
1870
Topic:
Animals  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)19020
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Walter Gay papers, 1870-1937
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_19020

Walter Gay letter to Matilda Gay

Creator:
Gay, Walter, 1856-1937  Search this
Gay, Matilda  Search this
Subject:
Gay, Walter  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
1889 Mar. 1
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)8036
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Walter Gay papers, 1870-1937
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_8036
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Walter Gay in a gallery

Subject:
Gay, Walter  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
ca. 1933
Topic:
Art galleries, Commercial  Search this
Painters  Search this
Portraits  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)8609
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Walter Gay papers, 1870-1937
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_8609
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Photographs of artists in their Paris studios, 1880-1890

Creator:
George Walter Vincent Smith Museum  Search this
Subject:
Bouguereau, William Adolphe  Search this
Bridgman, Frederick Arthur  Search this
Gay, Walter  Search this
Healy, G. P. A. (George Peter Alexander)  Search this
Puvis de Chavannes, Pierre  Search this
Munkácsy, Mihály  Search this
Cabanel, Alexandre  Search this
Rochegrosse, Georges  Search this
Aublet, Albert  Search this
Abbéma, Louise  Search this
Béraud, Jean  Search this
Boulanger, Gustave Clarence Rodolphe  Search this
Duez, Ernest-Ange  Search this
Carolus-Duran  Search this
Falguiére, Jean-Alexandre-Joseph  Search this
Gervex, Henri  Search this
Roll, Alfred Philippe  Search this
Storey, G. A. (George Adolphus)  Search this
Laurens, Jean-Paul  Search this
Lefebvre, Jules  Search this
Gérôme, Jean Léon  Search this
Courtois, Gustave  Search this
Bellcourt, Riene  Search this
Besnard, Paul Albert  Search this
Bompard, Maurice  Search this
Bonnat, Léon Joseph Florentin  Search this
Collin, Louis Joseph Rapheal  Search this
Cormon, Fernand  Search this
Dagnan, Pascal Adolphe Jean  Search this
Detaille, Jean Baptiste Edouard  Search this
Fleury, T. R.  Search this
Frappa, J.  Search this
Hebert, Antoine Auguste Ernest  Search this
Henner, Jean-Jacques  Search this
Jacques, Charles  Search this
Maignan, Albert  Search this
Merson, Luc Olivier  Search this
Morot, Aime Nicolas  Search this
de Neuville, Alphonse Wane  Search this
Stevens, Alfred  Search this
Benjamin-Constant  Search this
Clairin, Georges  Search this
Sargent, John Singer  Search this
Smith, George Walter Vincent  Search this
Topic:
Artists -- France -- Paris -- Photographs  Search this
Expatriate artists -- France -- Paris -- Photographs  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10228
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213306
AAA_collcode_photartiparis
Theme:
Audio - Visual
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_213306

Gary A. Reynolds papers, 1973-1990

Creator:
Reynolds, Gary A., 1949-1990  Search this
Subject:
Audubon, John James  Search this
Boldini, Giovanni  Search this
Browere, A. D. O. (Alburtis Dell Orient)  Search this
Gay, Walter  Search this
Morse, Samuel Finley Breese  Search this
Tiffany, Louis Comfort, 1848-1933  Search this
Wiles, Irving Ramsay  Search this
Sargent, John Singer  Search this
Grey Art Gallery & Study Center  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10802
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)214528
AAA_collcode_reyngary
Theme:
Art Theory and Historiography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_214528

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:

A. E. (Albert Eugene) Gallatin papers (microfilm), 1898-1951

Creator:
Gallatin, A. E. (Albert Eugene), 1881-1952  Search this
Subject:
Freer, Charles Lang  Search this
Gay, Walter  Search this
Glackens, William J.  Search this
González, Julio  Search this
Hassam, Childe  Search this
McBride, Henry  Search this
Nevinson, C. R. W. (Christopher Richard Wynne)  Search this
Nicholson, Ben  Search this
Parrish, Maxfield  Search this
Pennell, Elizabeth Robins  Search this
Pennell, Joseph  Search this
Rosenberg, Léonce  Search this
Rothenstein, Michael  Search this
Wade, Allan  Search this
Wharton, Edith  Search this
Bluemner, Oscar  Search this
Calder, Alexander  Search this
Dawson, Warrington  Search this
Delaunay, Robert  Search this
Demuth, Charles  Search this
Gallery of Living Art  Search this
Museum of Living Art  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Art and war  Search this
World War, 1914-1918  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10143
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213070
AAA_collcode_galla
Theme:
The Art Market
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_213070

Photographs of artists in their Paris studios

Compiler:
George Walter Vincent Smith Museum  Search this
Names:
Abbéma, Louise, 1858-1927  Search this
Aublet, Albert, 1851-1938  Search this
Bellcourt, Riene  Search this
Benjamin-Constant, 1845-1902  Search this
Besnard, Paul Albert  Search this
Bompard, Maurice  Search this
Bonnat, Léon Joseph Florentin, 1833-1922  Search this
Bouguereau, William Adolphe, 1825-1905  Search this
Boulanger, Gustave Clarence Rodolphe, 1824-1888  Search this
Bridgman, Frederick Arthur, 1847-1928  Search this
Béraud, Jean, 1849-1935  Search this
Cabanel, Alexandre, 1823-1889  Search this
Carolus-Duran, 1837 or 8-1917  Search this
Clairin, Georges, 1843-1919  Search this
Collin, Louis Joseph Rapheal  Search this
Cormon, Fernand  Search this
Courtois, Gustave, 1852-1923  Search this
Dagnan, Pascal Adolphe Jean  Search this
Detaille, Jean Baptiste Edouard  Search this
Duez, Ernest-Ange, 1843-1896  Search this
Falguiére, Jean-Alexandre-Joseph, 1831-1900  Search this
Fleury, T. R.  Search this
Frappa, J.  Search this
Gay, Walter, 1856-1937  Search this
Gervex, Henri, 1852-1929  Search this
Gérôme, Jean Léon, 1824-1904  Search this
Healy, G. P. A. (George Peter Alexander), 1813-1894  Search this
Hebert, Antoine Auguste Ernest  Search this
Henner, Jean-Jacques, 1829-1905  Search this
Jacques, Charles  Search this
Laurens, Jean-Paul, 1838-1921  Search this
Lefebvre, Jules, 1836-1911  Search this
Maignan, Albert  Search this
Merson, Luc Olivier, 1846-1920  Search this
Morot, Aime Nicolas  Search this
Munkácsy, Mihály, 1844-1900  Search this
Puvis de Chavannes, Pierre, 1824-1898  Search this
Rochegrosse, Georges, 1859-1938  Search this
Roll, Alfred Philippe, 1846-1919  Search this
Sargent, John Singer, 1856-1925  Search this
Smith, George Walter Vincent, 1832-1923  Search this
Stevens, Alfred  Search this
Storey, G. A. (George Adolphus), 1834-1919  Search this
de Neuville, Alphonse Wane  Search this
Extent:
47 Items
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1880-1890
Scope and Contents:
47 photographs of 43 artists in their Paris studios. Artists include: Louise Abbema, Albert Aublet, Riene Bellcourt, Jean Beraud, Paul Albert Besnard, Maurice Bompard, Leon Joseph Florentin Bonnat, Gustave Rodolphe Clarence Boulanger, William Adolphe Bouguereau, Frederick Arthur Bridgman, Alexandre Cabanel, Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, Georges Jules Victor Clairin, Louis Joseph Rapheal Collin, Jean-Joseph Benjamin Constant, Fernand Cormon, Gustave Courtois, Pascal Adolphe Jean Dagnan, Jean Baptiste Edouard Detaille, Ernest Ange Duez, Carolus Duran, Jean Alexandre Joseph Falguiere, T. R. Fleury, J. Frappa, Walter Gay, Jean Leon Gerome, Henri Gervex, George Peter Alexander Healy, Antoine Auguste Ernest Hebert, Jean Jacques Henner, Charles Jacques, Jean Paul Laurens, Jules Lefebvre, Albert Maignan, Luc Olivier Merson, Aime Nicolas Morot, Mihaly Munkacsy, Alphonse Wane de Neuville, Georges Rochegrosse, Alfred Philippe Roll, John Singer Sargent, Alfred Stevens, and George Adolphus Storey.
The studios show mainly a strong Moorish influence.
Provenance:
Donated by the George Walter Vincent Smith Museum, Springfield, Massachusetts, 1971, which had received them from a Mrs. Kirkham?, a painter who probably purchased them while studying in Paris.
Occupation:
Artists -- United States  Search this
Topic:
Artists -- France -- Paris -- Photographs  Search this
Expatriate artists -- France -- Paris -- Photographs  Search this
Function:
Artists' studios
Identifier:
AAA.photartiparis
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-photartiparis

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 Walter Gay 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:
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
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Walter Gay papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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ead_collection:sova-aaa-gaywaltp
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A. E. (Albert Eugene) Gallatin papers (microfilm)

Creator:
Gallatin, A. E. (Albert Eugene), 1881-1952  Search this
Names:
Gallery of Living Art  Search this
Museum of Living Art  Search this
Bluemner, Oscar, 1867-1938  Search this
Calder, Alexander, 1898-1976  Search this
Dawson, Warrington, 1878-1962  Search this
Delaunay, Robert, 1885-1941  Search this
Demuth, Charles, 1883-1935  Search this
Freer, Charles Lang, 1856-1919  Search this
Gay, Walter, 1856-1937  Search this
Glackens, William J., 1870-1938  Search this
González, Julio, 1876-1942  Search this
Hassam, Childe, 1859-1935  Search this
McBride, Henry, 1867-1962  Search this
Nevinson, C. R. W. (Christopher Richard Wynne), 1889-1946  Search this
Nicholson, Ben, 1894-  Search this
Parrish, Maxfield, 1870-1966  Search this
Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, 1855-1936  Search this
Pennell, Joseph, 1857-1926  Search this
Rosenberg, Léonce, 1879-1947  Search this
Rothenstein, Michael, 1908-  Search this
Wade, Allan, 1881-1955  Search this
Wharton, Edith, 1862-1937  Search this
Extent:
3 microfilm reels
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Microfilm reels
Date:
1898-1951
Scope and Contents:
Papers relating to Gallatin's art collection, the Museum of Living Art, and other museums and activities.
REELS 507-508: Mainly correspondence. Letters pertain to the Museum of Living Art at New York University; Gallatin's work on the New York Mayor's Committee on National Defense, including many letters from artists regarding war work, 1918-1919; research for bibliographies; family matters; and business affairs. Correspondents include: Oscar Bluemner, Alexander Calder, Warrington Dawson, Robert Delaunay, Charles Demuth, Charles Freer, Walter Gay, William Glackens, Julio Gonzalez, Childe Hassam, Henry McBride, C. R. W. Nevinson, Ben Nicholson, Maxfield Parrish, Joseph & Elizabeth Pennell, Leonce Rosenberg, William Rothenstein, Allan Wade and Elizabeth Wharton.
The Bluemner material includes four letters, a sketch, and a note from Oscar Bluemner to Gallatin. Bluemner writes about the 1932 Whitney Museum show, French and American painters, architecture, and painting.
REEL 1293: 3 scrapbooks which include official press releases and clippings of artists about the opening of the Gallery of Living Art at NYU, and its subsequent acquisitions, exhibitions, change of name to Museum of Living Art, and discontinuance of the Museum and transfer to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Also included are reproductions of some of the works found in the collection, reproductions of photos taken by Gallatin of artists whose works are in this collection, a 1935 Gallery of Living Art Bulletin, and clippings and a portion of the Catalog of the Gallery of Living Art.
Biographical / Historical:
Art collector; New York, N.Y. Gallatin formed one of America's earliest modern art collections, and displayed it as Gallery of Living Art (later Museum of Living Art) at NYU from 1907-1943, when he moved it to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Gallatin was also a painter.
Provenance:
Material on reels 507-508 lent for microfilming in 1973; reel 1293 lent by the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Restrictions:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Topic:
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Art and war  Search this
World War, 1914-1918  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Function:
Art museums -- New York (State) -- New York
Identifier:
AAA.galla
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-galla

William Anderson Coffin papers

Topic:
Harper's Weekly
New York Post
Creator:
Coffin, William A. (William Anderson), 1855-1925  Search this
Names:
American Artists' Committee of One Hundred  Search this
American Rights Committee  Search this
Committee for the Exhibition of American Painting and Sculpture (Paris, France)  Search this
Exposition d'artistes de l'école Américaine (1919 : Paris, France)  Search this
Lotos Club (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Musée d'histoire et d'art (Luxembourg)  Search this
Pan-American Exposition (1901: Buffalo, N.Y.)  Search this
Société des artistes français  Search this
Benson, Frank Weston, 1862-1951  Search this
Blashfield, Edwin Howland, 1848-1936  Search this
Bouché, Louis, 1896-1969  Search this
Cortissoz, Royal, 1869-1948  Search this
Gay, Walter, 1856-1937  Search this
Gussow, Bernard, 1881-1957  Search this
Mauer, Alfred  Search this
Stella, Joseph, 1877-1946  Search this
Warren, Whitney, 1864-1943  Search this
Zorach, William, 1887-1966  Search this
Extent:
1.6 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Scrapbooks
Photographs
Date:
1886-1924
Summary:
The papers of New York painter and art critic William Anderson Coffin date from 1886-1924 and measure 1.6 linear feet. Found within the papers are scattered biographical materials and correspondence, project files for the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, the American Artist's Committee of One Hundred, and the exhibition of works by American Artists at the Luxembourg Museum in Paris, three additional scrapbooks, printed material, and photographs.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of New York painter and art critic William Anderson Coffin date from 1886 to 1924 and measure 1.6 linear feet. Found within the papers are scattered biographical materials and correspondence; project files for the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, the American Artist's Committee of One Hundred, and the exhibition of works by American Artists at the Luxembourg Museum in Paris; three additional scrapbooks; printed material; and photographs.

Scattered biographical material includes membership cards and an autobiographical essay. Correspondence is with colleagues and related generally to receptions and events, including an invitation to the launch of the U. S. Battleship Arizona. There are one or two letters each from Frank W. Benson, Edwin Howland Blashfield, Royal Cortissoz, Walter Gay, and Whitney Warren.

Three series of project files document Coffin's work for the Fine Arts Division of the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, the American Artists' Committee of One Hundred that established a relief fund for families of French soldier-artists, and an exhibition of artwork by American Artists at the Luxembourg Museum in Paris. Files contain a variety of materials, such as letters, drafts of reports, meeting minutes, photographs, catalogs and brochures, and other materials. There are two oversized scrapbooks for the Buffalo Pan-American Exposition. The files for the Luxembourg Museum exhibition include a letter signed by Louis Bouché, Bernard Gussow, Alfred H. Maurer, Joseph Stella, and William Zorach protesting the exclusion of their work.

Three additional scrapbooks contain clippings of articles written by Coffin when he was employed as an art critic for The New York Evening Post, Harper's Weekly, and The New York Sun.

Printed material consists of miscellaneous clippings primarily about Coffin, programs from American Rights Committee exercises, a Dixie Club of New York concert, a Lotos Club concert, the Lafayette-Marne Anniversary exercises, and souvenir tickets to various art-related events including several Paris Salon Vernissage events sponsored by the Société des Artistes Francais.

Photographs include an album of photographs of Coffin, various family members, and residences; a photograph of Coffin posing with an unidentified group of his colleagues; and photographs of family friends. Project files also contain photographs.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 8 series:

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1916-1922 (2 folders; Box 1)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1915-1924 (8 folders; Box 1)

Series 3: Project File for the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York, 1900-1901 (0.3 linear feet; Box 1-2)

Series 4: Project File for the American Artists' Committee of One Hundred, 1914-1923 (14 folders; Box 1)

Series 5: Project File for the Exhibition of Works by American Artists at the Luxembourg Museum in Paris, 1919-1920 (11 folders; Box 1)

Series 6: Scrapbooks of Clippings of Articles Written by Coffin, 1886-1913 (0.3 linear feet; Box 2)

Series 7: Printed Material, 1912-1924 (6 folders; Box 1)

Series 8: Photographs, 1905-1923 (10 folders; Box 1)
Biographical Note:
William Anderson Coffin (1855-1925) of New York City was a landscape and figure painter and art critic. He organized several notable exhibitions and art-related charitable events for relief work in post-World War I France.

William Anderson Coffin was born near Pittsburgh in Allegheny, Pennsylvania on January 31, 1855, the son of Isabella C. Anderson and James Gardiner Coffin. Coffin studied art and graduated from Yale University in 1874. Three years later, he left for Paris and studied with academic artist Léon Bonnat. Coffin exhibited in the Paris Salons of 1879, 1880, and 1882.

In 1882, Coffin moved to New York City, participating in many exhibitions, including at the National Academy of Design. He also wrote as an art critic for Scribner's and Harper's Weekly, among other publications. From 1886 to 1891, he was art critic for The New York Evening Post, and was art editor at the New York Sun from 1896 to 1901.

Coffin directed the Fine Arts Division of the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo from 1900 to 1901, and participated as a member of the New York Advisory Board of the Panama-Pacific Exposition in 1915. Coffin was also president of the American Artists' Committee of One Hundred that established a relief fund for families of French soldier-artists. For this charitable work, Coffin received the medal of the Legion of Honor from the French government in 1917.

Coffin was a member of various arts organizations including the Lotos Club, the Architectural League of New York, and the National Academy of Design. His artwork is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Municipal Gallery of Venice, Italy, the Albright Art Gallery, and the Brooklyn Museum.

William Anderson Coffin died on October 26, 1925 in New York City.
Provenance:
The William Anderson Coffin papers were donated in 1970 by Stewart Klonis to whom the papers were given by Mrs. DeWitt M. Lockman of Manorville, Long Island, New York.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Rights:
The William Anderson Coffin 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.
Occupation:
Painters  Search this
Topic:
Art Exhibitions France Paris  Search this
Art critics -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Landscape painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art, American  Search this
World War, 1914-1918 -- Civilian relief -- France  Search this
Art critics -- France -- Paris  Search this
Genre/Form:
Scrapbooks
Photographs
Citation:
William Anderson Coffin papers, 1886-1924. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.coffwill
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William Anderson Coffin papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-coffwill
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Charity

Artist:
Henry Wolf, born Eckwersheim, Alsace 1852-died New York City 1916  Search this
Copy after:
Walter Gay, born Hingham, MA 1856-died Breau, France 1937  Search this
Publisher:
Century Magazine  Search this
Medium:
wood engraving on paper
Dimensions:
image: 6 1/8 x 5 1/4 in. (15.6 x 13.3 cm)
Type:
Graphic Arts-Print
Date:
1894
Topic:
Figure group  Search this
State of being\other\poverty  Search this
Architecture Interior  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
1973.130.105
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk71f8caf4c-6a46-44f9-9124-098f5628f0c6
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1973.130.105

Untitled (Interior View)

Artist:
Walter Gay, born Hingham, MA 1856-died Breau, France 1937  Search this
Medium:
oil on paperboard
Dimensions:
18 x 14 7/8 in. (45.6 x 37.8 cm.)
Type:
Painting
Date:
n.d.
Topic:
Object\art object\painting  Search this
Object\furniture\chair  Search this
Architecture Interior\domestic  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Harper Fletcher in memory of Mr. and Mrs. James Wolcott Wadsworth
Object number:
1971.283
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Painting and Sculpture
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk702b3fea7-7a70-4479-940d-fac4c6598fa0
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1971.283

Boudoir, Chateau de Chaalis

Artist:
Walter Gay, born Hingham, MA 1856-died Breau, France 1937  Search this
Medium:
oil on paperboard
Dimensions:
25 1/2 x 21 1/4 in. (64.9 x 53.9 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
1914
Topic:
Object\art object\painting  Search this
Object\furniture\chair  Search this
Object\furniture\couch  Search this
Architecture Interior\domestic\bedroom  Search this
Object\furniture\table  Search this
Architecture Interior\castle\Chateau de Chaalis  Search this
Homage\Watteau, Jean-Antoine  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Harper Fletcher in memory of Mr. and Mrs. James Wolcott Wadsworth
Object number:
1971.284
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk73de35e21-d62a-40e4-8bf1-72e9dce2782f
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1971.284

Novembre, Etaples

Artist:
Walter Gay, born Hingham, MA 1856-died Breau, France 1937  Search this
Medium:
oil on canvas
Dimensions:
43 1/2 x 64 1/2 in. (110.5 x 163.8 cm.)
Type:
Painting
Date:
ca. 1885
Topic:
Occupation\farm\harvesting  Search this
Figure female\full length  Search this
Landscape\season\autumn  Search this
Landscape\France\Etaples  Search this
Architecture Exterior\domestic\farmhouse  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase
Object number:
1977.111
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Painting and Sculpture
On View:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2nd Floor, East Wing
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk7de9439e8-544e-4262-b92a-fac661ddc6a6
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1977.111

The Sculptor's Studio

Artist:
Walter Gay, 1856 - 1937  Search this
Sitter:
Unidentified Man  Search this
Medium:
Oil on wood panel
Dimensions:
Stretcher: 35.4 × 24.4cm (13 15/16 × 9 5/8")
Type:
Painting
Date:
1885
Topic:
Interior\Studio\Art  Search this
Equipment\Ladder  Search this
Artwork\Sculpture\Statue  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Cabinets  Search this
Unidentified Man: Male  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Spencer Museum of Art
Website: www.spencerart.ku.edu
Object number:
00.647
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4f76fb2c2-5008-4b31-8113-c81dd24d0731
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_00.647

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