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Edwin Coupland Shaw papers

Creator:
Shaw, Edwin Coupland, 1863-1941  Search this
Names:
Akron Art Institute  Search this
Carrig-Rohane Shop (Boston, Mass.)  Search this
E. & A. Milch, Inc.  Search this
Ferargil Galleries  Search this
Gorham Company. Dept. of Sculpture (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Grand Central Art Galleries  Search this
Hatfield & Clark (Firm: Chicago, Ill.)  Search this
Howard Young Galleries (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
J.W. Young (Gallery)  Search this
M. Knoedler & Co.  Search this
Macbeth Gallery  Search this
Montross Gallery  Search this
R.C. & N.M. Vose (Firm)  Search this
Robert C. Vose Galleries  Search this
Thomas Whipple Dunbar Art Galleries (Milwaukee, Wis.)  Search this
Thurber Art Galleries (Chicago, Ill.)  Search this
Barrie, Erwin S., 1886-1983  Search this
Batts, J. E.  Search this
Beckwith, J. Carroll (James Carroll), 1852-1917  Search this
Benson, Frank Weston, 1862-1951  Search this
Blakelock, Ralph Albert, 1847-1919  Search this
Carlsen, Emil, 1853-1932  Search this
Chase, William Merritt, 1849-1916  Search this
Cole, Timothy, 1852-1931  Search this
Daingerfield, Elliott, 1859-1932  Search this
Dallin, Cyrus E. (Cyrus Edwin), 1861-1944  Search this
Davis, Charles H. (Charles Harold), 1856-1933  Search this
Davis, Warren, 1865-1928  Search this
Derujinsky, Gleb W., 1888-1975  Search this
Dewey, Charles M., 1849-1937  Search this
Dewing, Thomas Wilmer, 1851-1938  Search this
Dougherty, Paul, 1877-1947  Search this
Dunbar, Thomas Whipple  Search this
Duveneck, Frank, 1848-1919  Search this
Eaton, Charles Warren, 1857-1937  Search this
Frieseke, Frederick C. (Frederick Carl), 1874-1939  Search this
Fuller, George, 1822-1884  Search this
Genth, Lillian Mathilde, 1876-1953  Search this
Gerrity, Thomas F., 1873-1935  Search this
Hassam, Childe, 1859-1935  Search this
Hatfield, D. H.  Search this
Hawthorne, Charles Webster, 1872-1930  Search this
Hunt, William Morris, 1824-1879  Search this
Inness, George, 1825-1894  Search this
Johansen, John C. (John Christen), 1876-1964  Search this
Konti, Isidore, 1862-1938  Search this
La Farge, John, 1835-1910  Search this
Lathrop, William Langson, 1859-1938  Search this
MacMonnies, Frederick William, 1863-1937  Search this
MacNeil, Hermon Atkins, 1866-1947  Search this
Metcalf, Willard Leroy, 1858-1925  Search this
Milch, Albert, 1881-1951  Search this
Minns, Hervey W.  Search this
Montross, N. E. (Newman E), 1849-1932  Search this
Murphy, Hermann Dudley, 1867-1945  Search this
Murphy, John Francis, 1853-1921  Search this
Price, F. Newlin (Frederic Newlin)  Search this
Proctor, Alexander Phimister, 1862-1950  Search this
Purdy, W. Frank, 1865-1943  Search this
Ranger, Henry Ward, 1858-1916  Search this
Ritschel, William, 1864-1949  Search this
Russell, T. H. (Thomas H)  Search this
Russman, Felix, 1888-1962  Search this
Ryder, Albert Pinkham, 1847-1917  Search this
Sellstedt, Lars Gustaf, 1819-1911  Search this
Sherman, Frederic Fairchild, 1874-1940  Search this
Shonnard, Eugenie Frederica, 1886-1978  Search this
Torrey, Elliot, 1867-1949  Search this
Tryon, Dwight William, 1849-1925  Search this
Turner, Helen Maria, 1858-1958  Search this
Twachtman, John Henry, 1853-1902  Search this
Vedder, Elihu, 1836-1923  Search this
Vonnoh, Bessie Potter, 1872-1955  Search this
Vonnoh, Robert William, 1858-1933  Search this
Walker, Horatio, 1858-1938  Search this
Weir, Julian Alden, 1852-1919  Search this
Williams, Frederick Ballard, 1871-1956  Search this
Wolf, Henry, 1852-1916  Search this
Young, J. W.  Search this
Extent:
3 microfilm reels
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Microfilm reels
Date:
1864-1937
Scope and Contents:
Correspondence with dealers, artists, museums, publishers, photography studios, and others regarding art purchases, loans, and Shaw's collection; and 16 v. of scrapbooks containing photographs, letters, and biographical information on artists. Much of the correspondence with artists relates to Shaw's requests for the information which was then used in the scrapbooks. Also included is one volume compiled in 1947 outlining the contents of the scrapbooks.
REELS 1124-1125: 16 vol. of scrapbooks, 1864-1930, relating to artists represented in Shaw's collection, containing letters, many from artists, photographs of artists and their work, biographical data, clippings and articles, and comments on their work; and 1 v., "Notes: Edwin C. Shaw Collection of Paintings," compiled in 1947, and annotated "Used at Women's Art League Meeting at Miss Shaw's in 1947 by Mrs. [Jane S.] Barnhardt, who compiled it, and then given to the Art Institute Library," containing an outline of the contents of the 16 v. of scrapbooks.
Artists represented in the scrapbooks include J. Carroll Beckwith, Frank W. Benson, Ralph Blakelock, Emil Carlsen, William Merritt Chase, Timothy Cole, Elliott Daingerfield, Cyrus B. Dallin, Charles Davis, Warren Davis, Gleb Derujinsky, Charles M. Dewey, Thomas W. Dewing, Paul Dougherty, Frank Duveneck, Charles Eaton, Frederick Frieseke, George Fuller, Lillian Genth, Childe Hassam, Charles Hawthorne, William Morris Hunt, George Inness, John Johansen, Isidore Konti, John La Farge, William Lathrop, Frederick MacMonnies, Hermon A. MacNeil, Willard Metcalf, Herman Dudley Murphy, J. Francis Murphy, A. Phimister Proctor, Henry Ward Ranger, William Ritschel, Felix Russmann, Albert P. Ryder, Eugenie F. Shonnard, Lars Gustaf Sellstedt, Elliot Torrey, Dwight Tryon, Helen M. Turner, John Twachtman, Elihu Vedder, Bessie P. Vonnoh, Robert Vonnoh, Horatio Walker, J. Alden Weir, Frederick Ballard Williams, Henry Wolf and "The Ten."
REEL 4597: Correspondence, ca. 1916-1941, concerning art acquisitions with dealers Erwin S. Barrie of Grand Central Art Galleries; Thomas Whipple Dunbar; Frederic Newlin Price and T.H. Russell of Ferargil Galleries; W. Frank Purdy of the Gorham Co. Dept. of Sculpture and later the School of American Sculpture; D.H. Hatfield of Hatfield & Clark; Thomas Gerrity of M. Knoedler & Co.; Robert Macbeth, Robert McIntyre and Henry Miller of the Macbeth Gallery; Albert Milch of E.& A. Milch, Inc.; Newman Montross of Montross Gallery; J.E. Batts of the Thurber Art Galleries; Robert C. Vose of R.C. & N.M. Vose and Vose Galleries, and their frame shop, Carrig-Rohane; Howard Young of Howard Young Galleries; and J.W. Young; correspondence with artists and/or their families requesting the artist's portrait, biographical information and background, including letters from Elliot Daingerfield, Charles Dewey, Thomas Wilmer Dewing, John C. Johansen, Willard Leroy Metcalf, Hervey W. Minns, Hermann Dudley Murphy, A.P. Proctor, Eugenie Shonnard, Elliot Torrey, Dwight W. Tryon, Helen M. Turner, and Horatio Walker, and the families of J. Carroll Beckwith, George Inness, Lars Gustaf Sellstedt, John Henry Twachtman and J. Alden Weir; correspondence with the Dayton Art Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art regarding works lent for exhibition; with publisher Frederic Fairchild Sherman; with photography studios; and other miscellaneous correspondence.
Biographical / Historical:
Art collector; Akron, Ohio. Shaw, a BF Goodrich executive and avid collector of post-Civil War American art, was one of the founders of the Akron Art Institute, now the Akron Art Museum.
Provenance:
Lent for microfilming 1976 and 1992 by the Akron Art Museum. Shaw bequethed his art collection and papers to the Museum, then named the Akron Art Institute.
Restrictions:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Topic:
Art, American -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Ten American Painters (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Function:
Art galleries, Commercial -- United States
Identifier:
AAA.shawedwi
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-shawedwi

Bertha Elizabeth Smith Walker

Artist:
Robert William Vonnoh, 17 Sep 1858 - 28 Dec 1933  Search this
Sitter:
Bertha Elizabeth Smith Walker, 1867 - 1919?  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
104.6cm x 89.2cm (41 3/16" x 35 1/8"), Sight
Type:
Painting
Date:
1902
Topic:
Bertha Elizabeth Smith Walker: Female  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Chicago History Museum
Website: www.chicagohs.org/
Website: www.chicagohistory.org
Object number:
1955.187
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/sm4b12d24f3-4b44-430e-be53-45606a9cf853
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_1955.187

Samuel Johnson Walker

Artist:
Robert William Vonnoh, 17 Sep 1858 - 28 Dec 1933  Search this
Sitter:
Samuel Johnson Walker, 1867 - 1924  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Sight: 104.6 x 89.2cm (41 3/16 x 35 1/8")
Type:
Painting
Date:
1902
Topic:
Samuel Johnson Walker: Male  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Chicago History Museum
Website: www.chicagohs.org/
Website: www.chicagohistory.org
Object number:
1955.186
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/sm47ee1b694-44ea-4884-a84b-899685bac107
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_1955.186

Bessie Potter Vonnoh papers

Creator:
Vonnoh, Bessie Potter, 1872-1955  Search this
Names:
Vonnoh, Robert William, 1858-1933  Search this
Carter, Charles M., 1853-1929  Search this
French, Daniel Chester, 1850-1931  Search this
French, William M. R. (William Merchant Richardson), 1843-1914  Search this
Garland, Hamlin, 1860-1940  Search this
Hughes, Rupert, 1872-1956  Search this
Huntington, Archer M., 1870-1955  Search this
Mead, Larkin G. (Larkin Goldsmith), 1835-1910  Search this
Raffaëlli, Jean François, 1850-1924  Search this
Skinner, Cornelia Otis, 1901-  Search this
Vezin, Charles, 1858-1942  Search this
Extent:
0.8 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
circa 1860-1991
bulk 1890-1955
Summary:
The papers of sculptor Bessie Potter Vonnoh measure 0.8 linear feet and date from circa 1860 to 1991, with the bulk of material dating from 1890 to 1955. The scattered papers document the personal life and career of Bessie Potter Vonnoh, and, to a lesser degree, her husband, painter Robert William Vonnoh. Found within the papers are Vonnoh family correspondence, including letters between Bessie and Robert, and professional and personal correspondence, primarily Bessie's. The collection also contains scattered biographical materials, photographs of the Vonnohs, a photograph album, photographs of artwork, clippings, exhibition catalogs, and other printed material.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of sculptor Bessie Potter Vonnoh measure 0.8 linear feet and date from circa 1860 to 1991, with the bulk of material dating from 1890 to 1955. The scattered papers document the personal life and career of Bessie Potter Vonnoh, and, to a lesser degree, her husband, painter Robert William Vonnoh. Found within the papers are Vonnoh family correspondence, including letters between Bessie and Robert, and primarily Bessie's professional and personal correspondence. There is one folder of correspondence of Robert William Vonnoh. Bessie's correspondents include Daniel Chester French, Hamlin Garland, Rupert Hughes, Archer Huntington, Larkin G. Mead, Jean Francois Raffaelli, Cornelia Otis Skinner, and others. Robert's correspondents include Charles M. Carter, Daniel Chester French, William M. R. French, and Charles Vezin. The collection also contains scattered biographical materials, photographs of Bessie Potter Vonnoh and Robert William Vonnoh, a photograph album, photographs of artwork, clippings, exhibition catalogs, and other printed material.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into 4 series:

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1922-1955 (Box 1; 5 folders)

Series 2: Correspondence, circa 1863-1985 (Box 1; 11 folders)

Series 3: Photographs, circa 1860-1950 (Box 1-2; 0.4 linear feet)

Series 4: Printed Material, 1901-1991 (Box 2; 9 folders)
Biographical Note:
Bessie Potter Vonnoh (1872-1955) was born in St. Louis, Missouri to Alexander and Mary McKenney Potter. In 1874, after the death of her father, her family moved to Chicago. Also at this time, she suffered from a series of illnesses that she did not recover from until she was ten. In school she enjoyed clay-modeling class and decided at an early age that she wanted to be a sculptor. Beginning in 1890 she studied with Lorado Taft at the Art Institute of Chicago and later became one of his assistants (known as the "White Rabbits") for the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893. She was also given her own commission for the Illinois building at the fair. After this success, Vonnoh opened her own studio in Chicago and made plaster figurines of society women, friends, and their children. She visited New York and took her first trip to Paris in 1895, visiting the studios of many eminent sculptors such as Auguste Rodin. Her work was influenced by the American Impressionist movement, depicted in one of her most famous works, Young Mother. This piece was exhibited in the National Sculpture Society exhibition of 1898 and led to several public sculpture commissions.

In 1899 Bessie Potter Vonnoh moved to New York City and married Impressionist painter, Robert William Vonnoh (1858-1933). They lived in New York and maintained a summer home in Lyme, Connecticut. During her career she received many awards for her works at international exhibitions, including two bronze medals at the Paris Exposition in 1900. Other landmark events included a solo exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum in 1913 and membership into the National Academy of Design in 1921 - the first female sculptor accepted as a permanent member. Vonnoh's work was very well received by the public, and in the 1920s she began working on a larger scale, creating large fountains, such as the Frances Hodgson Burnett Memorial Fountain in Central Park, New York, and other decorative garden figures. Robert Vonnoh died in 1933 and, in 1948, she married Dr. Edward Keyes. Bessie Potter Vonnoh died in New York City in 1955 at the age of 82.
Provenance:
The collection was donated in 1995 by Lulette Jenness Thompson, a cousin of Bessie Potter Vonnoh.
Restrictions:
The collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website.
Rights:
The Bessie Potter Vonnoh 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:
Artist couples  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Landscape painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Portrait painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Women sculptors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
Bessie Potter Vonnoh papers, circa 1860-1991. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.vonnbess
See more items in:
Bessie Potter Vonnoh papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-vonnbess
Online Media:

Lyme Historical Society records

Creator:
Lyme Historical Society  Search this
Names:
Lyme Art Association (Old Lyme, Conn.)  Search this
Cole, Alphaeus Philemon, 1876-1988  Search this
Dessar, Louis Paul, 1867-1952  Search this
DuMond, Frank Vincent, 1865-1951  Search this
Foote, Will Howe, 1874-1965  Search this
Goodman, William O., 1849-1936  Search this
Griswold, Florence, 1850-1937  Search this
Hassam, Childe, 1859-1935  Search this
Heming, Arthur, 1871-1940  Search this
Hoffman, Harry L., 1874-1966  Search this
Howe, William Henry, 1846-1929  Search this
Metcalf, Willard Leroy, 1858-1925  Search this
Poore, Henry Rankin, 1859-1940  Search this
Ranger, Henry Ward, 1858-1916  Search this
Talcott, Allen Butler, 1867-1908  Search this
Vezin, Charles, 1858-1942  Search this
Vonnoh, Robert William, 1858-1933  Search this
Voorhees, Clark G. (Clark Greenwood), 1871-1933  Search this
Weiland, James, b. 1872  Search this
Wilson, Ellen Axson  Search this
Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924  Search this
Extent:
4 microfilm reels
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Microfilm reels
Interviews
Scrapbooks
Sketchbooks
Date:
[undated] and 1882-1986
Scope and Contents:
Selected material from the Lyme Historical Society's Lyme Art Colony Archives relating primarily to the activities of the Lyme Art Association and Lyme Art Colony (4.0 ft.) and including Florence Griswold's personal papers (0.4 ft.)
REELS 4678-4680: Included are: constitution, by-laws, minutes of the "Lyme Exhibition," 1911-1914, and the Lyme Art Association and Artists' Committee; account books containing treasurer's reports, minutes of annual and artists' committee meetings, expenses, sales, cash assets, and other information; letters from members; files, chiefly on artists, containing letters, a few photographs, writings on the Griswold House, exhibition catalogs, and summaries of conversations and interviews about Griswold and the art colony, conducted in 1954 by a Society staff member;
photographs of artists, the Florence Griswold House, and an exhibition; 4 scrapbooks of clippings, 1933-1940, and a scrapbook about William Henry Howe, ca.1880-1930; notebook of James Weiland chiefly on painting technique; diaries of Clark Voorhees, 1890-1905; a Robert Vonnoh sketchbook; specifications for the Lyme Art Association Gallery; list of locations of artists' work; directions for gilding by Griswold; "Wilson's Return," an account of President Woodrow Wilson's return visit to Lyme; an album containing information on Alphaeus P. Cole's career compiled in 1986; an autograph book, "Ghosts of My Friends," 1909-1914 containing signatures;
exhibition catalogs, announcements and posters; and articles, 1902-1966, regarding the Lyme Art Colony and artists Childe Hassam, Henry Ward Ranger and Louis Dessar.
Also, spliced to end of reel 4680 are additional photographs of artists, exhibition installations, and a photograph album. Included are: Childe Hassam, Willard Metcalf, Charles Vezin, Harry Hoffman, William Henry Howe, Henry Ward Ranger, Will Howe Foote, Frank Vincent DuMond, William O. Goodman and his wife at a ceremony marking his retirement as President of the Association, Florence Griswold, and others; interior and exterior views of the Griswold House; art works; the first exhibition of the Association in the "new" gallery, summer, 1921, and an exhibition in 1926; and an album, "Illustrated Lecture on Wild Animals of New England," containing photos of Howe, Foote, Metcalf, Allen Talcott, Arthur Heming, and others, and the Griswold House.
Artists represented in the artists' files include Thomas Ball, Martin Borgord, William Chadwick, Bruce Crane, Charles H. Davis, Elizabeth Ebert, Will Howe Foote, Harry L. Hoffman, Richard F. Maynard, Henry Rankin Poore, Gregory Smith, Nelson White, and Margaret H. Wright (contains letters from W.Bicknell and Chauncey Ryder).
REEL 4599: Material (0.2 ft.) from the Florence Griswold papers, 1896-1938, includes a biographical note; a posthumous certificate from the American Artists Professional League honoring Griswold; correspondence with artists and others; estate documents and a copy of her will; "The Saga of Florence Griswold's Harp" by Clarence T. Hubbard, an account of the formation of the Colony; postcards showing Griswold and art work in the house by Childe Hassam, William Henry Howe and Henry R. Poore; and obituaries.
Correspondents included in Griswold's papers are George Ainslie, Frank Bicknell, Charles Bittinger, William Chadwick, E.H. Clement, Lewis Cohen, Frank DuMond, Schumacker Duncan, Charles Ebert, Will Howe Foote, Frank B. Gay, Charles L. Goodwin, Walter Griffin, Childe Hassam, Arthur Heming, Harry L. Hoffman, William Henry Howe, William H. Hyde, Lydia Longacre, Willard Metcalf, Curtis Moyer, Henry R. Poore, William S. Robinson, Edith and Edward Rook, Allen B. Talcott, Charles Vezin, Robert and Bessie Vonnoh, Everett Warner, and Ellen and Woodrow Wilson.
Biographical / Historical:
The Lyme Art Association was established in 1914 as an outgrowth of the Lyme Art Colony, in Old Lyme, Conn. In 1921, a summer art gallery was built to house its exhibitions. Henry Ward Ranger is the artist credited with discovering Old Lyme as a painters' haven in 1899, encouraging a few artists to come the following summer. Florence Griswold's summer boarding house became a center for artists who came to Lyme over the years; Griswold even acted as an agent for some of the artists. Gradually membership expanded and the number of exhibitions increased. Ranger and some of his colleagues painted in the Barbizon style, but Impressionism also gained favor there partially due to Childe Hassam's presence in Old Lyme from 1903 onwards.
Other Title:
Lyme Art Colony Archives
Provenance:
Lent for microfilming 1992 and 1993 by the Lyme Historical Society, Florence Griswold Museum. Records are maintained as the Lyme Art Colony Archives. Arrangement of the photographs was devised by the lender and has been maintained.
Restrictions:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Occupation:
Painters -- Connecticut -- Old Lyme  Search this
Topic:
Artist colonies -- Connecticut -- Old Lyme  Search this
Painting, American  Search this
Impressionism (Art) -- United States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Scrapbooks
Sketchbooks
Identifier:
AAA.lymehist
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-lymehist

James Britton papers

Creator:
Britton, James, 1878-1936  Search this
Names:
Arlington Galleries (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Kelly, Andrew J.  Search this
Kent, Duncan Scott  Search this
Lockman, DeWitt McClellan, 1870-1957  Search this
Mitchell, Edwin Valentine, 1890-1960  Search this
Vonnoh, Robert William, 1858-1933  Search this
Blackfield  Search this
Fiske, Gertrude, 1878-1961  Search this
Higgins, Eugene, 1874-1958  Search this
Inukai, Kyohei, 1913-  Search this
Phillips, Duncan, 1886-1966  Search this
Prendergast, Maurice Brazil, 1858-1924  Search this
Stieglitz, Alfred, 1864-1946  Search this
Vose, Robert C. (Robert Churchill), 1911-1998  Search this
Extent:
4.3 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Illustrations
Notebooks
Diaries
Prints
Sketches
Drafts
Date:
circa 1905-1984
bulk 1905-1935
Summary:
The papers of painter and writer James Britton measure 4.3 linear feet and date from circa 1905-1984, with the bulk of the material dating from circa 1905-1935. The bulk of the papers consist of 49 diaries dating from 1918-1935, plus notebooks of diary excerpts, that chronicle Britton's daily activities and include lists, illustrations, and drafts of correspondence. Additional papers include biographical information compiled by the Britton family; scattered business and financial records; correspondence, including copies of Britton's letters to the editors of the Hartford Courant and the Hartford Times; additional writings and notes that include drafts and manuscripts of an autobiography, drafts of articles for his publication Art Opus, and other writings; sketches and a woodcut print; printed materials, including clippings of his published writings for Art Review International, Book Notes, and Opus; and one photograph of Britton and of works of art.

There is a 1.4 linear foot unprocessed addition to this collection donated 2020 that includes correspondence, writings by Britton about art, printed material (some annotated ), lists of works of art by Britton and others, and sketches by Britton.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of painter and writer James Britton measure 4.3 linear feet and date from circa 1905-1984, with the bulk of the material dating from circa 1905-1935. The bulk of the papers consist of 49 diaries dating from 1918-1935, plus notebooks of diary excerpts, that chronicle Britton's daily activities and include lists, illustrations, and drafts of correspondence. Additional papers include biographical information compiled by the Britton family; scattered business and financial records; correspondence, including copies of Britton's letters to the editors of the Hartford Courant and the Hartford Times; additional writings and notes that include drafts and manuscripts of an autobiography, drafts of articles for his publication Art Opus, and other writings; sketches and a woodcut print; printed materials, including clippings of his published writings for Art Review International, Book Notes, and Opus; and one photograph of Britton and of works of art.

Biographical information consists of a file of photocopied materials prepared by the Britton Family. Scattered business and financial records include papers relating to Britton's auto accident, indexes of letters, illustrated indexes and lists of works of art, miscellaneous invoices and receipts, and file relating to Arlington Gallery.

Nine folders of correspondence include letters written to and by Britton along with posthumus materials to his widow, Caroline Britton. Correspondents include artists and friends Gertrude Fiske, Eugene Higgins, Kyonei Inukai, Andrew Kelly, Dewitt McClellan Lockman, Edwin Valentine Mitchell, Maurice Prendergast, Duncan Phillips, Alfred Stieglitz, Robert Vonnoh, and Robert C. Vose.

The bulk of the Britton papers consist of his extensive diaries - 49 volumes, plus notebooks of excerpts and detailed indexes. The diaries date from 1918-1935 and details Britton's daily activities and observations about art figures active in New York and Connecticut, classical music, the Great Depression, Prohibition, the Catholic Church, and politics. In addition, Britton talks of his relationships with his wife and children. The diaries served as a place for Britton to make lists of works of art, portrait subjects, potential clients, etc. Britton also created "Notebooks of Diary Excerpts" and a detailed index of many of the diaries.

Additional writings and notes include a handwritten and incomplete typescript of an autobiography, writings for Britton's publication Opus, and miscellaneous writings about art, music and plays. Writings by others include works by Duncan Scott Kent and Blackfield.

Artwork includes a print and sketches by Britton, and children's drawings.

Printed materials include issues of Britton's Art Review International, Opus, and other publications for which he wrote articles or provided illustration, clippings, exhibition catalogs, and programs.

Photographs include one photo of the artist with a painting and photos of works of art.

There is a 1.4 linear foot unprocessed addition to this collection donated 2020 that includes correspondence, writings by Britton about art, printed material (some annotated ), lists of works of art by Britton and others, and sketches by Britton.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 9 series:

Series 1: Biographical Information, 1970-1984 (Box 1; 1 folder)

Series 2: Business and Financial records, 1919-1933 (Box 1; 7 folders)

Series 3: Correspondence, 1913-1945 (Box 1; 9 folders)

Series 4: Diaries, 1918-1935 (Box 1-2; 1.5 linear feet)

Series 5: Writings and Notes, circa 1910s-1931 (Box 2-3; 0.4 linear feet)

Series 6: Artwork, circa 1920-1929 (Box 3; 5 folders)

Series 7: Printed Material, 1910-1982 (Box 4; 0.4 linear feet)

Series 8: Photographs, circa 1905-1930s (Box 4, OV 5; 3 folders)

Series 9: Unprocessed Addition, circa 1920-1934 (Boxes 6-7; 1.4 linear feet)
Biographical Note:
James Britton (1878-1936) was a portrait painter and writer active in Connecticut and New York. Britton wrote extensively about American art and artists and was the editor of his own publications Art Review International and Opus. Also, he was a member of the group of New York painters and sculptors known as The Eclectics.

Born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1878, James Britton began his career as an apprentice working under August Jaccaci at Scribner's Magazine in 1895. He studied under George de Forest Brush at the Art Students' League and under Walter Griffin and Charles Noel Flagg in Hartford. He exhibited and worked with many of the American artists associated with the Ash Can school and The Eclectics, a group of New York artists that included Theresa Bernstein, Guy Pene du Bois, Walter Griffin, Philip L. Hale, Eugene Higgins, George Luks, Jane Peterson, Maurice Prendergast, and Mahonri Young. Mainly, Britton worked as a portrait painter but produced many landscapes of Sag Harbor, Long Island, and of his homes in Connecticut. He was a founding member of the New Society of American Artists and the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts. He exhibited at numerous New York City galleries including Ainslie Galleries, Arlington Galleries, Babcock Galleries, Dudensing Galleries, Folsom Galleries, and at the studio of sculptor Marie Apel.

A prolific writer on American art and artists, as well as an illustrator, Britton worked as staff artist for the Hartford Times and as an art critic for American Art News and the Hartford Courant. He also founded and edited Art Review International and Opus. Two of his published books include Copley, Painter of the Revolution and Artists of America. Britton was also interested in classical music and wrote on composers Haydn and Beethoven. Britton's extensive diaries found within his papers chronicle his daily life and commentary.

In 1914, Britton married Caroline Korner and settled mostly in Connecticut. They had three children, Jerome, Teresa, and Ruth. In 1928, a car struck Britton and left him disabled. Although he continued to paint, he suffered from ill-health as a result of the accident. He died in 1936.

James Britton's works are represented at the Wadsworth Atheneum, Mark Twain Memorial, Manchester Public Library and at St. Joseph's College.
Provenance:
Donated 1985 and 2020 by Barbara and Ursula Roberts Britton, granddaughters of James Britton.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Rights:
The James Britton papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. The collection is subject to all copyright laws. Copyright ownership remains with Barbara Britton and Ursula Britton, who have granted the Archives permission to digitize the collection and post on the Archives website.
Topic:
Authors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art critics  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York -- Diaries  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Connecticut  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Illustrations
Notebooks
Diaries
Prints
Sketches
Drafts
Citation:
James Britton papers, circa 1905-1984, bulk circa 1905-1935. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.britjame
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Charles Emory Smith

Possible attribution:
Robert William Vonnoh, 17 Sep 1858 - 28 Dec 1933  Search this
Sitter:
Charles Emory Smith, 18 Feb 1842 - 19 Jan 1908  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas (?)
Type:
Painting
Date:
1890-1908
Topic:
Costume\Jewelry  Search this
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Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair  Search this
Charles Emory Smith: Male  Search this
Charles Emory Smith: Politics and Government\Diplomat  Search this
Charles Emory Smith: Communications\Journalist  Search this
Charles Emory Smith: Politics and Government\Government Official\Postmaster  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: National Postal Museum, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
DC360028
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John William Griggs

Artist:
Robert William Vonnoh, 17 Sep 1858 - 28 Dec 1933  Search this
Sitter:
John William Griggs, 10 Jul 1849 - 28 Nov 1927  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Sight (Accurate): 74.9 x 62.5cm (29 1/2 x 24 5/8")
Type:
Painting
Date:
1901
Topic:
John William Griggs: Male  Search this
John William Griggs: Politics and Government\Cabinet Member\US Attorney General  Search this
John William Griggs: Politics and Government\Governor\New Jersey  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: U.S. Department of Justice
Website: www.usdoj.gov/
Object number:
SSSA6550
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Portrait of Bessie Potter Vonnoh, Sculptress

Artist:
Robert William Vonnoh, 17 Sep 1858 - 28 Dec 1933  Search this
Sitter:
Bessie Potter Vonnoh, 12 Aug 1872 - 8 Mar 1955  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
76.2 x 61cm (30 x 24")
Type:
Painting
Date:
1907
Topic:
Interior  Search this
Artwork\Sculpture  Search this
Bessie Potter Vonnoh: Female  Search this
Bessie Potter Vonnoh: Visual Arts\Artist\Sculptor  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Object number:
DLR01411
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Man in a Top Hat, Smoking a Cigar

Artist:
Robert William Vonnoh, 17 Sep 1858 - 28 Dec 1933  Search this
Sitter:
Unidentified Man  Search this
Medium:
Pencil and pastel on grey-surfaced paper
Dimensions:
13.1 x 9.6 cm (5 3/16 x 3 3/4" ), Estimate
Type:
Drawing
Date:
late 19th Century
Topic:
Equipment\Smoking Implements\Cigar  Search this
Costume\Headgear\Hat\Top hat  Search this
Unidentified Man: Male  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: National Gallery of Art
Website: www.nga.gov
Object number:
2015.19.857
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Cadet (Unidentified Boy)

Artist:
Robert William Vonnoh, 17 Sep 1858 - 28 Dec 1933  Search this
Sitter:
Unidentified Boy  Search this
Medium:
Pencil and white chalk with scratched-out lights on blue scratch board
Dimensions:
18.6 x 11.6 cm (7 5/16 x 4 9/16" ), Estimate
Type:
Drawing
Date:
late 19th Century
Topic:
Costume\Headgear\Hat\Cap  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Bench  Search this
Costume\Footwear\Boots  Search this
Unidentified Boy: Male  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: National Gallery of Art
Website: www.nga.gov
Object number:
2015.19.858
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Standing Man

Artist:
Robert William Vonnoh, 17 Sep 1858 - 28 Dec 1933  Search this
Sitter:
Unidentified Man  Search this
Medium:
Pencil on gray prepared scratch board
Dimensions:
18.8 x 12.4 cm (7 3/8 x 4 7/8" ), Estimate
Type:
Drawing
Date:
1880-1900
Topic:
Costume\Headgear\Hat  Search this
Unidentified Man: Male  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: National Gallery of Art
Website: www.nga.gov
Object number:
2015.19.859
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John C. Bullitt

Artist:
Robert William Vonnoh, 17 Sep 1858 - 28 Dec 1933  Search this
Sitter:
John C. Bullitt, 1824 - 1902  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Sight: 79.7 x 67.2 cm (31 3/8 x 26 7/16" ), Accurate
Type:
Painting
Date:
1902
Topic:
Interior  Search this
Costume\Jewelry\Chain  Search this
John C. Bullitt: Male  Search this
John C. Bullitt: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Theodore F. Jenkins Memorial Law Library Company
Website: www.jenkinslaw.org
Object number:
PA370013
Restrictions & Rights:
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Richard C. Dale

Artist:
Robert William Vonnoh, 17 Sep 1858 - 28 Dec 1933  Search this
Sitter:
Richard C. Dale  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Sight: 90.9 x 73.1 cm (35 13/16 x 28 3/4" ), Accurate
Type:
Painting
Date:
1904
Topic:
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair  Search this
Richard C. Dale: Male  Search this
Richard C. Dale: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Theodore F. Jenkins Memorial Law Library Company
Website: www.jenkinslaw.org
Object number:
PA370018
Restrictions & Rights:
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Samuel Dickson

Artist:
Robert William Vonnoh, 17 Sep 1858 - 28 Dec 1933  Search this
Sitter:
Samuel Dickson, 1837 - 1915  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Sight: 90.6 x 72.6 cm (35 11/16 x 28 9/16" ), Accurate
Type:
Painting
Date:
1902
Topic:
Interior  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Eyeglasses  Search this
Costume\Jewelry\Cufflinks  Search this
Samuel Dickson: Male  Search this
Samuel Dickson: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Theodore F. Jenkins Memorial Law Library Company
Website: www.jenkinslaw.org
Object number:
PA370019
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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edanmdm:npg_PA370019

Robert William Vonnoh

Artist:
Robert William Vonnoh, 17 Sep 1858 - 28 Dec 1933  Search this
Sitter:
Robert William Vonnoh, 17 Sep 1858 - 28 Dec 1933  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
60.6cm x 50.9cm (23 7/8" x 20 1/16"), Accurate
Type:
Painting
Date:
1900
Topic:
Interior  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Eyeglasses  Search this
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Mustache  Search this
Artist's Effects\Palette  Search this
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Beard  Search this
Costume\Smock  Search this
Self-portrait  Search this
Robert William Vonnoh: Visual Arts\Artist  Search this
Robert William Vonnoh: Male  Search this
Robert William Vonnoh: Visual Arts\Artist\Painter  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: National Academy of Design
Website: www.nationalacademy.org/
Object number:
1351-P-678
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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George Mifflin Dallas

Artist:
Robert William Vonnoh, 17 Sep 1858 - 28 Dec 1933  Search this
Copy after:
Unidentified Artist  Search this
Sitter:
George Mifflin Dallas, 10 Jul 1792 - 31 Dec 1864  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
99.8cm x 79.5cm (39 5/16" x 31 5/16"), Sight
Type:
Painting
Date:
1904
Topic:
George Mifflin Dallas: Male  Search this
George Mifflin Dallas: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer  Search this
George Mifflin Dallas: Politics and Government\Vice-President of US  Search this
George Mifflin Dallas: Education\Educator\Lecturer  Search this
George Mifflin Dallas: Politics and Government\US Attorney  Search this
George Mifflin Dallas: Politics and Government\Diplomat\Minister  Search this
George Mifflin Dallas: Politics and Government\State Attorney General\Pennsylvania  Search this
George Mifflin Dallas: Politics and Government\US Senator\Pennsylvania  Search this
George Mifflin Dallas: Politics and Government\Public Official\Mayor\Philadelphia, PA  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: James A. Byrne U.S. Courthouse
Object number:
31 USCH
Restrictions & Rights:
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William Pepper, Jr.

Artist:
O. H. Perry, 1875 - 1975?  Search this
Copy after:
Robert William Vonnoh, 17 Sep 1858 - 28 Dec 1933  Search this
Sitter:
William Pepper, Jr., 1843 - 1898  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
101.6cm x 81.2cm (40" x 31 15/16"), Estimate
Type:
Painting
Date:
1901?
Topic:
William Pepper, Jr.: Male  Search this
William Pepper, Jr.: Health and Medicine\Physician  Search this
William Pepper, Jr.: Education\Educator  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: University of Pennsylvania
Website: www.upenn.edu/
Object number:
PA330113
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Edwin Sydney Stuart

Artist:
Robert William Vonnoh, 17 Sep 1858 - 28 Dec 1933  Search this
Sitter:
Edwin Sydney Stuart, 1853 - 1937  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
76.2cm x 63.5cm (30" x 25"), Sight
Type:
Painting
Date:
1907
Topic:
Edwin Sydney Stuart: Male  Search this
Edwin Sydney Stuart: Politics and Government\Governor\Pennsylvania  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Union League of Philadelphia
Website: www.unionleague.org/
Object number:
PA160144
Restrictions & Rights:
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Charles Francis Adams

Artist:
Robert William Vonnoh, 17 Sep 1858 - 28 Dec 1933  Search this
Sitter:
Charles Francis Adams, 1835 - 1915  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
74.3cm x 48.6cm (29 1/4" x 19 1/8"), Sight
Type:
Painting
Date:
1900-1910
Topic:
Interior  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair  Search this
Architecture\Window  Search this
Artwork\Portrait  Search this
Charles Francis Adams: Male  Search this
Charles Francis Adams: Humanities and Social Sciences\Historian  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Unidentified Owner
Object number:
1645
Restrictions & Rights:
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