Letters and documents of 19th century Americans, outstanding in literature and the arts.
Correspondents include: Washington Allston, Alexander Anderson, John Audubon, Samuel P. Avery, John Warner Barber, Mathew B. Brady, John Casilear, Vincent Colyer, Christopher P. Cranch, Felix O. C. Darley, Daniel P. Huntington, Washington Irving, James J. Jarves, Charles Lanman, Charles Leslie,Benjamin Lossing, Samuel F. B. Morse, Rembrandt Peale, Thomas B. Read, Thomas A. Richards, Thomas B. Thorpe, William D. Washington, and Benjamin West.
Biographical / Historical:
Editor; New York City. Edited, with his brother George, Literary World, 1847, and published a journal with him, 1848-1853. Also, edited CYCLOPAEDIA OF AMERICAN LITERATURE, 1855.
Microfilmed 1956 by the Archives of American Art with other art-related papers in the Manuscript Division of the New York Public Library. Included in the microfilming project were selected papers of the Art Division and the Prints Division.
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Gift from the Trustees of the Corcoran Gallery of Art (Bequest of James C. McGuire) The Corcoran Gallery of Art, one of the country’s first private museums, was established in 1869 to promote art and American genius. In 2014 the Works from the Corcoran Collection were distributed to institutions in Washington, D.C.
Twelve artist files (1835-1954) containing materials by William Boggs, Henry Farrer, Regis Gignoux, Augustus Kollner, Robert Carey Long, George Luks, Walter Shirlaw, Marianna Sloan, Lilly Martin Spencer, Edwin Whitefield, Daniel Huntington, and Oscar Bluemner. Most files contain drawings or watercolors. The Boggs file also contains notes about pigments; the Sloan file also contains a letter (1952) thanking Mr. Stone for flowers and 2 copies of Sloan's obituary; the Spencer file also contains a diploma awarded by the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association to Spencer for a painting, "Power of Fashion," contributed to the exhibition of 1853, and a lithograph, "The Young Students," by A. Siroudy, 1858, after a painting by Spencer; and the Bluemner file contains primarily handwritten notes with only a few small sketches. Two photographs show Robert Henri's father, Robert Cozad, and his family, and Lyndhurst, Irvington-on-Hudson, New York.
Donated by Mr. and Mrs. Stuart P. Feld, 1975, 1981 and 1984.
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