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Charles Hovey Pepper letter to Robert W. Macbeth

Creator:
Pepper, Charles Hovey, 1864-1950  Search this
Macbeth, Robert W. (Robert Walker), 1884-1940  Search this
Subject:
Armory Show (1913 : Boston, Mass.)  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
1913 March 22
Topic:
Art market  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)14172
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Macbeth Gallery records, 1947-1948, bulk bulk 1892-1953
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_14172

Frank K. M. Rehn Galleries records

Creator:
Frank K. M. Rehn Galleries  Search this
Names:
Bartlett, Frederic Clay, 1873-1953  Search this
Bellows, George, 1882-1925  Search this
Brook, Alexander, 1898-1980  Search this
Burchfield, Charles Ephraim, 1893-1967  Search this
Chappell, Warren, 1904-  Search this
Clancy, John C., 1897-1981  Search this
Coleman, Glenn O., 1887-1932  Search this
Cook, Howard Norton, 1901-1980  Search this
Cuthbert, Virginia, 1908-2001  Search this
Dasburg, Andrew, 1887-1979  Search this
Gellatly, John, 1853-1931  Search this
Hawthorne, Charles Webster, 1872-1930  Search this
Henri, Robert, 1865-1929  Search this
Hopper, Edward, 1882-1967  Search this
Hopper, Jo N. (Josephine Nivison), 1883-1968  Search this
James, Alexander, 1890-1946  Search this
Kroll, Leon, 1884-1974  Search this
Luks, George Benjamin, 1867-1933  Search this
Mangravite, Peppino, 1896-  Search this
Marsh, Felicia Meyer, 1912-1978  Search this
Marsh, Reginald, 1898-1954  Search this
McFee, Henry Lee, 1886-1953  Search this
Melchers, Gari, 1860-1932  Search this
Orton, J. Robert  Search this
Pepper, Charles Hovey, 1864-1950  Search this
Phillips, Duncan, 1886-1966  Search this
Poor, Henry Varnum, 1887-1970  Search this
Russo, Alexander  Search this
Spalding, John T.  Search this
Sparhawk-Jones, Elizabeth, 1885-1968  Search this
Speicher, Eugene Edward, 1883-1962  Search this
Spruance, Benton, 1904-1967  Search this
Strater, Henry, 1896-  Search this
Tucker, Allen, 1866-1939  Search this
Tucker, Richard Derby, 1903-  Search this
Winters, Denny Sonke, 1907-1985  Search this
Young, Mahonri Mackintosh, 1877-1957  Search this
Extent:
21.8 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Scrapbooks
Sketchbooks
Photographs
Date:
1858-1969
bulk 1919-1968
Summary:
The Frank K. M. Rehn Galleries records measure 21.8 linear feet and are dated 1858-1969 (bulk 1919-1968). The records consist mainly of business correspondence with collectors, artists, museums and arts organizations, colleagues, and others. A small amount of Frank K. M. Rehns personal correspondence and a few stray personal papers of individual artists are interfiled. Also included are financial records, scrapbooks, printed matter, miscellaneous records, and photographs documenting most of the history of a highly regarded New York City art gallery devoted to American painting.
Scope and Content Note:
The Frank K. M. Rehn Galleries records measure 21.8 linear feet and are dated 1858-1969 (bulk 1919-1968). The records consist mainly of business correspondence with collectors, artists, museums and arts organizations, colleagues, and others. A small amount of Frank K. M. Rehn's personal correspondence and a few stray personal papers of individual artists are interfiled. Also included are financial records, scrapbooks, printed matter, miscellaneous records, and photographs documenting most of the history of a highly regarded New York art gallery devoted to American painting.

Series 1: Correspondence contains correspondence with artists, museums and arts organizations, collectors, colleagues, and others documents the workings of Rehn Galleries from its earliest days through 1968. A small amount of Frank K. M. Rehn's personal correspondence and a few scattered personal papers of individual artists are interfiled with the business correspondence.

Series 2: Financial Records includes banking, insurance, and investment records, tax returns and related documentation, miscellaneous financial records and paid bills. Among the insurance records are detailed monthly schedules listing paintings with titles, artists, and insurance values. Miscellaneous financial records include inventories of gallery stock, notes regarding business expenses and income, and receipt books recording incoming paintings. Also included are a small number of items concerning the personal business of Frank Rehn and John Clancy.

Five volumes of Scrapbooks (Series 3) contain clippings and a small number of exhibition catalogs documenting the activities of Rehn Galleries and many of its associated artists. Additional Printed Matter in Series 4 includes material relating to Rehn Galleries and its artists, as well as publications produced by Rehn Galleries. General, art-related printed matter consists of articles, auction catalogs, advertisements, and publications of various museums, arts organizations, and schools. There is also material about artists not affiliated with Rehn Galleries. Additional printed items concern miscellaneous subjects that are not art-related.

Series 5: Miscellaneous Records, includes artwork, lists and notes, and writings. Photographs in Series 6 are of people including artists represented by Rehn as well as several not affiliated with the gallery. Noticeably absent are likenesses of Frank Rehn and John Clancy. Photographs of works of art are by Rehn Galleries' artists and others. Reginald Marsh's photographs consist of family and personal photographs that were either given to Rehn Galleries or perhaps loaned for research use, and include views of Marsh from early childhood through later life, photographs of family and friends, and a small family album. Also included are photographs are of Marsh's childhood drawings.
Arrangement:
Series 1: Correspondence is arranged alphabetically and Series 3: Scrapbooks is in rough chronological order. Series 2, and 4-6 are arranged in categories, as indicated in the Series Descriptions/Container Listing. Unless otherwise noted, items within each folder are arranged chronologically.

The collection is arranged into 6 series:

Series 1: Correspondence, 1858-1969, undated (Boxes 1-15; 14.4 linear ft.; Reels 5849-5869)

Series 2: Financial Records, 1919-1968, undated (Boxes 15-17; 2.6 linear ft; Reel 5869)

Series 3: Scrapbooks, 1919-1940 (Boxes 23-24; 0.6 linear ft.; Reels 5869-5870)

Series 4: Printed Matter, 1882-1969, undated (Boxes 18-20; 2.4 linear ft.; Reels 5870-5872)

Series 5: Miscellaneous Records, circa 1920-1968 (Boxes 20-21; 0.7 linear ft; Reel 5872)

Series 6: Photographs, 1871-1966, undated (Boxes 22, 24, OV 25; 1.0 linear ft.; Reel 5872)
Historical Note:
Frank K. M. Rehn (1886-1956), son of the marine painter Frank Knox Morton Rehn, after several years' experience as an employee of the Milch Galleries and as exhibition manager for the Salmagundi Club, opened his own art gallery in 1918. In its earliest years, the gallery operated as the Galleries of Frank K. M. Rehn. From the mid 1920s through the mid 1940s, the name used was Frank K. M. Rehn Galleries. As early as 1946, the gallery was referred to simply as Rehn Galleries. The gallery closed in 1981.

Throughout its existence, Rehn Galleries specialized in representing American painters. During the first five years Rehn's operation was a private gallery at 6 West 50th Street, New York City. Among the artists he first represented were older, established men such as J. Alden Weir, George Inness, Alexander Wyant, Theodore Robinson, Thomas Dewing, and John H. Twachtman. Occasionally, Rehn handled works by such luminaries of the period as Robert Henri, George Luks, and John Singer Sargent. Among the living artists affiliated with the gallery in its first years were Daniel Garber, Walter Griffin, Dodge MacKnight, and Robert Spencer. Rehn's most popular artist during this time was Childe Hassam, who sued for recovery of a painting that, although acquired by Rehn through a reputable dealer, had been stolen from Hassam's studio many years earlier.

Despite the newspaper publicity surrounding Hassam's lawsuit, the business was a successful venture almost immediately. Very early, a number of important collectors including Duncan Phillips, John Gellatly, John T. Spaulding, Albert McVitty, E. W. Root, and C. Vanderbilt Barton displayed confidence in Rehn's judgment and integrity, which enhanced his gallery's reputation and stature among both collectors and artists. In 1923, the gallery moved to 693 Fifth Avenue and began operating as Rehn Galleries, a commercial gallery in the same building that housed in a building that housed Kennedy and Company and the Bourgeois Galleries. At this time, Rehn hired an assistant, John C. Clancy (1897-1981), who had formerly been with Henry Reinhardt and Son and M. Knoedler.

The Rehn Galleries soon enjoyed a regular following among museum curators and collectors visiting from out of town. The gallery's roster of artists grew along with its reputation. Rehn focused almost exclusively on American painters, occasionally showing drawings and prints by artists who were primarily painters; notable exceptions were sculptor Mahonri Young and Henry Varnum Poor who, in addition to being a painter, was known for his work in ceramics. Among the painters eventually represented were: Peggy Bacon, George Bellows, Alexander Brook, Charles Burchfield, John F. Carlson, John Carroll, Howard Cook, Jon Corbino, Virginia Cuthbert, Andrew Dasberg, Sidney Gross, Edward Hopper, Alexander James, Irving Kaufmann, Yeffe Kimball, Leon Kroll, Peppino Mangravite, Reginald and Felicia Meyer Marsh, Henry Mattson, Henry Lee McFee, Kenneth Hayes Miller, Charles Rosen, Robert Riggs, Alexander Russo, Elizabeth Sparhawk-Jones, Eugene Speicher, Henry Strater, Richard Derby Tucker, Franklin C. Watkins, and Denny Winters.

In 1930, Rehn Galleries moved one block south to the Air France Building at 683 Fifth Avenue, and remained there for thirty years. John C. Clancy, Rehn's long-time assistant, became Gallery Director in 1953 after a stroke prevented Rehn from continuing to run his business in an active capacity. Eventually, Rehn's widow sold Clancy the gallery, which he continued to operate under varying names, including Rehn Gallery, Frank K. M. Rehn Galleries, Frank Rehn Gallery, and Rehn Galleries. From 1960 until 1966, The Rehn Galleries were at 36 East 61st Street from 1960 until 1966, when the gallery moved to a space formerly occupied by Kootz Gallery at 855 Madison Avenue, where it remained in business for another fifteen years.
Related Material:
John Clancy interview by Paul Cummings, July 10, 1970. Oral History Program, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Samuel Adler Papers, 1902-1979. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Contains a recording (1 cassette; untranscribed) of Beverly Chesler interviewing John Clancy about the history of Rehn Galleries, 1973; Samuel Adler is present and participates briefly in the interview.

In addition, the Archives of American Art has among its collections personal papers and oral history interviews of artists and collectors associated with the Rehn Galleries. Researchers are advised to conduct a name search in the Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS).
Provenance:
The Frank K. M. Rehn Galleries records were loaned by John Clancy for microfilming in 1959; in 1966, this same material was donated to the Archives. Mr. Clancy made subsequent gifts of additional gallery records in 1978 and 1981. In 1985, the Whitney Museum of American Art donated to the Archives correspondence with Edward Hopper that John Clancy had loaned the museum many years earlier. A death mask of George Luks received with the collection is on extended loan to the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.
Restrictions:
The collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website.
Rights:
The Frank K. M. Rehn Galleries records 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:
Gallery owners  Search this
Art galleries, Commercial -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Works of art  Search this
Art dealers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Scrapbooks
Sketchbooks
Photographs
Citation:
Frank K. M. Rehn Galleries records, 1858-1969 (bulk 1919-1968). Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.franrehg
See more items in:
Frank K. M. Rehn Galleries records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-franrehg
Online Media:

Japanese prints / by Charles Hovey Pepper

Author:
Pepper, Charles Hovey 1864-1950  Search this
Former owner:
Freer, Charles Lang 1854-1919 DSI-F  Search this
Physical description:
29 p., [2] leaves of plates : col. ill. ; 20 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1905
[1905?]
Topic:
Color prints, Japanese  Search this
Call number:
761.52 .P42
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_860727

Charles Hovey Pepper

Author:
Smith, Joseph Coburn  Search this
Subject:
Pepper, Charles Hovey 1864-1950  Search this
Physical description:
viii, 51 p., 16 leaves of plates. : ill. (4 mounted col.), ports. ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1945
Call number:
N40.1.P437 S6
N40.1.P437S6
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_75968

Mountain Lake, (painting)

Painter:
Pepper, Charles Hovey 1864-1950  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor on paper
Type:
Paintings
Topic:
Landscape--Lake  Search this
Landscape--Mountain  Search this
Control number:
IAP 60630451
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_429468

The Quarry, (painting)

Painter:
Pepper, Charles Hovey 1864-1950  Search this
Medium:
Gouache on paper
Type:
Paintings
Topic:
Landscape  Search this
Architecture exterior--Industry--Mine  Search this
Control number:
IAP 8D280048
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_431058

Reflections at Sunset, (painting)

Painter:
Pepper, Charles Hovey 1864-1950  Search this
Medium:
Gouache on paper
Type:
Paintings
Topic:
Waterscape--Time--Sunset  Search this
Waterscape--Coast  Search this
Control number:
IAP 8D280049
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_431059

Attean Lake, New Hampshire, (painting)

Painter:
Pepper, Charles Hovey 1864-1950  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor and gouache on ivory wove paper
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Worcester Art Museum 55 Salisbury Street Worcester Massachusetts 01609 Accession Number: 1939.40
Date:
Ca. 1939
Topic:
Waterscape--Lake--Attean Lake  Search this
Landscape--New Hampshire  Search this
Landscape--Tree  Search this
Landscape--Mountain  Search this
Control number:
IAP 23570490
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_309690

View of Eze, France, (painting)

Title:
Eze, in Southern France, (painting)
Painter:
Pepper, Charles Hovey 1864-1950  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor and gouache on off-white wove paper
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Worcester Art Museum 55 Salisbury Street Worcester Massachusetts 01609 Accession Number: 1939.41
Date:
1939
Topic:
Landscape--France--Eze  Search this
Landscape--Coast  Search this
Architecture exterior  Search this
Control number:
IAP 23570491
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_309691

Skowhegan, Maine, (painting)

Painter:
Pepper, Charles Hovey 1864-1950  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor and gouache on white wove paper
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Worcester Art Museum 55 Salisbury Street Worcester Massachusetts 01609 Accession Number: 1941.52
Date:
Ca. 1941
Topic:
Landscape--Maine--Skowhegan  Search this
Landscape--River--Kennebec River  Search this
Landscape--Building  Search this
Control number:
IAP 23570492
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_309692

Old Pine, (painting)

Painter:
Pepper, Charles Hovey 1864-1950  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Colby College Museum of Art Waterville Maine 04901
Topic:
Landscape--Tree--Pine Tree  Search this
Landscape--River  Search this
Control number:
IAP 81590060
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_214479

Portrait of Abner Coburn, (painting)

Painter:
Pepper, Charles Hovey 1864-1950  Search this
Subject:
Coburn, Abner  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Maine State Museum Library-Museum-Archives Building Augusta Maine 04330
Date:
Ca. 1900
Topic:
Portrait male--Waist length  Search this
Control number:
IAP 17710022
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_258342

Attean Lake, (painting)

Painter:
Pepper, Charles Hovey 1864-1950  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor on paper
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Farnsworth Art Museum 352 Main Street, P. O. Box 466 Rockland Maine 04841 Accession Number: 44.361
Topic:
Landscape--Lake  Search this
Control number:
IAP 18660233
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_259262

The Island, (painting)

Painter:
Pepper, Charles Hovey 1864-1950  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor on paper
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Farnsworth Art Museum 352 Main Street, P. O. Box 466 Rockland Maine 04841 Accession Number: 44.366
Topic:
Waterscape--Coast  Search this
Control number:
IAP 18660234
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_259263

The Squall, (painting)

Painter:
Pepper, Charles Hovey 1864-1950  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor on paper
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Farnsworth Art Museum 352 Main Street, P. O. Box 466 Rockland Maine 04841 Accession Number: 44.367
Topic:
Landscape--Weather--Storm  Search this
Landscape--Coast  Search this
Control number:
IAP 18660235
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_259264

Attean Lake (2), (painting)

Painter:
Pepper, Charles Hovey 1864-1950  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Farnsworth Art Museum 352 Main Street, P. O. Box 466 Rockland Maine 04841 Accession Number: 44.368
Topic:
Landscape--Lake  Search this
Control number:
IAP 18660236
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_259265

Attean Lake, (painting)

Painter:
Pepper, Charles Hovey 1864-1950  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Colby College Museum of Art Waterville Maine 04901
Topic:
Landscape--Lake  Search this
Control number:
IAP 18830040
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_259442

Skating, (painting)

Painter:
Pepper, Charles Hovey 1864-1950  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor on paper
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Museum of Fine Arts 465 Huntington Avenue Boston Massachusetts 02115 Accession Number: 35.94
Topic:
Landscape--Massachusetts--Concord  Search this
Figure group  Search this
Recreation--Sport & Play--Skating  Search this
Landscape--Season--Winter  Search this
Control number:
IAP 20492089
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_265833

The Statesman, (painting)

Painter:
Pepper, Charles Hovey 1864-1950  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor on paper
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Museum of Fine Arts 465 Huntington Avenue Boston Massachusetts 02115 Accession Number: 36.220
Topic:
Portrait male  Search this
Occupation--Political--Statesman  Search this
Control number:
IAP 20492090
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_265834

Maurice Prendergast, (painting)

Painter:
Pepper, Charles Hovey 1864-1950  Search this
Subject:
Prendergast, Maurice  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Museum of Fine Arts 465 Huntington Avenue Boston Massachusetts 02115 Accession Number: 68.586
Topic:
Portrait male--Waist length  Search this
Occupation--Art--Painter  Search this
Object--Art Tool--Palette  Search this
Control number:
IAP 20492372
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_266116

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