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Esther Baldwin Williams and Esther Williams papers

Creator:
Williams, Esther Baldwin, 1867-1964  Search this
Names:
Grace Horne Galleries  Search this
Kraushaar Galleries  Search this
Eilshemius, Louis M. (Louis Michel), 1864-1941  Search this
Finck, Furman J., 1900-  Search this
Kroll, Leon, 1884-1974  Search this
Prendergast, Charles, 1863-1948  Search this
Prendergast, Maurice Brazil, 1858-1924  Search this
Williams, Esther, 1907-1969  Search this
Williams, Nadia, 1910-  Search this
Extent:
2.1 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Diaries
Sketchbooks
Sketches
Place:
Massachusetts -- Boston -- Description and Travel
France -- Paris -- Description and Travel
Date:
1887-1984
Summary:
The papers of Boston area painters Esther Baldwin Williams and daughter Esther Williams measure 2.1 linear feet and date from 1887 to 1984. The scattered papers of both women include biographical information, personal business records, correspondence, writings and notes, two diaries, four sketchbooks, printed materials, photographs, and one photograph album.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of Boston and New York area painters Esther Baldwin Williams and daughter Esther Williams measure 2.1 linear feet and date from 1887 to 1984. The scattered papers of both women include biographical information, personal business records, correspondence, writings and notes, two diaries, four sketchbooks, printed materials, photographs, and one photograph album.

For clarity, Esther Baldwin Williams and Esther Williams are referred to by their proper names throughout this finding aid.

Biographical information includes a membership card to the Rockport Art Association for Esther Williams and a biographical sketch of Esther Baldwin Williams

Personal business records include receipts for purchases of artwork by Esther Baldwin Williams, banking documents, exhibition entry forms and sales receipts for Esther William's works.

Correspondence includes incoming letters and drafts of outgoing letters. The majority of the correspondence is that of Esther Williams, including a considerable amount of letters to her parents. There are letters to Esther Williams from her friends Louis Eilshemius, Furman J. Finck, and Leon Kroll, and both Grace Horne Galleries and Kraushaar Galleries. Esther Baldwin Williams' correspondence includes personal letters from Maurice Prendergast.

Writings and notes include two diaries kept by Esther Baldwin Williams that date from 1892 until 1902 and cover her life in Paris and later in Boston. Some of the diary pages are illustrated with sketches. The series also includes scattered notes, including Charles Prendergast's Notes on Formula of Ebonizing Technique.

There are four sketchbooks, likely by Esther Baldwin Williams, of pencil and watercolor sketches of cats, babies and children, orchestral scenes, portraits, and architecture.

Scattered printed materials include a copy of Cezanne's Studio given to Esther Baldwin Williams by Maurice Prendergast, a copy of a family history by Nadia Williams, exhibition announcements and catalogs, clippings, and miscellany.

There is one photograph of an unidentified work of art and a circa 1900 family photo album with mostly unidentified photos of babies, children, and family members.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 7 series:

Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1942-1979 (2 folders; Box 1)

Series 2: Personal Business Records, 1893-1966 (9 folders; Box 1)

Series 3: Correspondence, 1887-1961 (0.7 linear feet; Boxes 1-2)

Series 4: Writings and Notes, 1892-1947 (0.2 linear feet; Box 2)

Series 5: Sketchbooks and Sketches, circa 1900 (0.2 linear feet; Boxes 2-3)

Series 6: Printed Material, 1883-1984 (0.2 linear feet; Box 3)

Series 7: Photographs, circa 1900-circa 1920 (0.3 linear feet; Boxes 3-4)
Biographical Note:
Esther Baldwin Williams (1867-1964) and her daughter Esther Williams (1907-1969) were painters active in Boston, Paris, and New York City.

Esther Baldwin Williams was born Esther Mabel Baldwin on December 11, 1867 to a prominent Boston family of artists. She began her art education under her uncle Joseph Foxcroft Cole and worked with her cousin Adelaide Chase Cole. Adelaide and Esther shared a studio in Greenwich Village in 1888. The two cousins also traveled to Paris in 1877 and 1891 to paint. Esther Baldwin concentrated on portraiture and often painted the women in her social circle.

Esther Baldwin became engaged to Oliver Williams in 1898. They married and moved to 96 Beacon Street in Boston where they raised their children, Oliver, Thomas, and Esther. Around 1900, the Williams met Maurice and Charles Prendergast. Esther became a friend and patron of Maurice and the two shared a studio for some time and exchanged letters. Esther Baldwin continued to work in portraiture, focusing her work on her children and relatives and did not pursue a professional career. In addition to painting, Esther Baldwin and Oliver Williams inspired a passion for music in their children.

Born in 1907, Esther Williams inherited her mother's interest in the arts. Unlike her mother, she desired a professional career as a painter. She first studied at the Museum of Fine Arts School, Boston in 1925 and later went to Paris to study under Andre Lhote. Upon returning to the United States, she moved to New York City and enrolled with the Art Students League. She married Roland Joseph McKinney, director of the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Los Angeles County Museum.

Esther Williams is known for her portraits, paintings of flowers, circus and orchestra scenes, and for her impressionistic style. She was represented by Grace Horne Gallery in the 1930s and switched to Kraushaar Galleries in 1940.

Esther Baldwin Williams died in 1964. Her daughter, Esther Williams died shortly thereafter in 1969.
Related Material:
Among the holdings of the Archives of American Art are the papers of Esther William's husband Roland Joseph McKinney.
Provenance:
The Esther Baldwin Williams and Esther Williams papers were donated in two installments by Peter McKinney, step-son of Esther Williams in 1974 and by Nadia Williams, Esther Baldwin William's daughter-in-law in 1985.
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 Esther Baldwin Williams and Esther Williams 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:
Painting, American  Search this
Expatriate painters -- France -- Paris  Search this
Women painters -- Massachusetts  Search this
Women painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Painting -- Technique  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching -- France -- Paris  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Diaries
Sketchbooks
Sketches
Citation:
Esther Baldwin Williams and Esther Williams papers, 1887-1984. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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After Sunset

Artist:
Thomas Wilmer Dewing (1851-1938)  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
H x W: 107 x 137.4 cm (42 1/8 x 54 1/8 in)
Type:
Painting
Origin:
United States
Date:
1892
Topic:
night  Search this
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Credit Line:
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number:
F1906.68a-b
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Twilight: May

Artist:
Dwight William Tryon (1849-1925)  Search this
Medium:
Oil on wood panel
Dimensions:
H x W: 83.6 x 110.6 cm (32 15/16 x 43 9/16 in)
Type:
Painting
Origin:
United States
Date:
1904
Topic:
landscape  Search this
tree  Search this
spring  Search this
sunset  Search this
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St. Ives: Sunset

Artist:
James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903)  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 12.3 x 17.2 cm (4 13/16 x 6 3/4 in)
Type:
Painting
Origin:
United States
Date:
1883-1884
Topic:
bird  Search this
water  Search this
United States  Search this
American Art  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number:
F1905.116a-c
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Southend–Sunset

Artist:
James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903)  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 25.5 x 17.9 cm (10 1/16 x 7 1/16 in)
Type:
Painting
Origin:
United States
Date:
1882-1884
Topic:
ocean  Search this
sunset  Search this
United States  Search this
American Art  Search this
seascape  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number:
F1905.119a-b
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Venice: Sunset on Harbour

Artist:
James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903)  Search this
Medium:
Pastel on gray paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 16 x 25.5 cm (6 5/16 x 10 1/16 in)
Type:
Drawing
Origin:
United States
Date:
1880
Topic:
boat  Search this
sunset  Search this
United States  Search this
American Art  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number:
F1905.330a-b
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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Frame for Dewing's After Sunset

Artist:
Designed by Stanford White (1853-1906)  Search this
Frame maker:
Alexander J. Cabus (born after 1891)  Search this
Medium:
Gilded wood
Dimensions:
H x W x D (outside): 137.3 x 167.5 x 5.8 cm (54 1/16 x 65 15/16 x 2 5/16 in)
Type:
Frame
Origin:
United States
Date:
ca. 1892
Topic:
United States  Search this
American Art  Search this
gilding  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number:
F1906.68b
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The Sea: Sunset

Artist:
Dwight William Tryon (1849-1925)  Search this
Medium:
Oil on wood panel
Dimensions:
H x W: 50.9 x 76.5 cm (20 1/16 x 30 1/8 in)
Type:
Painting
Origin:
United States
Date:
1889
Topic:
water  Search this
ocean  Search this
United States  Search this
American Art  Search this
seascape  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number:
F1906.76a-b
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Twilight: November

Artist:
Dwight William Tryon (1849-1925)  Search this
Medium:
Oil on wood panel
Dimensions:
H x W: 40.7 x 61 cm (16 x 24 in)
Type:
Painting
Origin:
United States
Date:
1912
Topic:
landscape  Search this
tree  Search this
autumn  Search this
sunset  Search this
United States  Search this
American Art  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number:
F1912.14a-b
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Sunset before Storm

Artist:
Dwight William Tryon (1849-1925)  Search this
Medium:
Pastel on gray-brown paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 19.2 x 29.4 cm (7 9/16 x 11 9/16 in)
Type:
Drawing
Origin:
United States
Date:
1913
Topic:
ocean  Search this
beach  Search this
sunset  Search this
United States  Search this
American Art  Search this
seascape  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number:
F1914.11a-b
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After Sunset: Looking East

Artist:
Dwight William Tryon (1849-1925)  Search this
Medium:
Pastel on cardboard
Dimensions:
H x W: 19.1 x 28.5 cm (7 1/2 x 11 1/4 in)
Type:
Drawing
Origin:
United States
Date:
1915
Topic:
ocean  Search this
United States  Search this
American Art  Search this
evening  Search this
seascape  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number:
F1915.131a-b
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Sunset, in Red and Brown

Artist:
James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903)  Search this
Medium:
Chalk and pastel on brown paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 30.1 x 20.3 cm (11 7/8 x 8 in)
Type:
Drawing
Origin:
United States
Date:
1879-1880
Topic:
sunset  Search this
United States  Search this
American Art  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number:
F1917.8a-b
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A companion to twentieth-century American drama / edited by David Krasner

Author:
Krasner, David 1952- http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n97023266 http://viaf.org/viaf/119418583/  Search this
Physical description:
1 online resource (xviii, 576 pages) : illustrations
Type:
Handbooks, manuals, etc
Guides, manuels, etc
Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Handbooks and manuals
Place:
Estados unidos
Date:
2005
20th century
20e siècle
S;século 20
Topic:
American drama--History and criticism  Search this
Théâtre américain--Histoire et critique  Search this
DRAMA--American  Search this
American drama  Search this
Toneelstukken  Search this
Amerikaans  Search this
Teatro (história e crítica)  Search this
Call number:
PS350 .C655 2005 (Internet)
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
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SOS/Calling All Black People : a Black Arts Movement Reader edited by John H. Bracey Jr., Sonia Sanchez, and James Smethurst

Editor:
Smethurst, James Edward http://id.loc.gov/vocabulary/relators/edt http://id.loc.gov/vocabulary/relators/edt http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n98030866 http://viaf.org/viaf/12475194/  Search this
Sanchez, Sonia 1934- http://id.loc.gov/vocabulary/relators/edt http://id.loc.gov/vocabulary/relators/edt http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n50019372 http://viaf.org/viaf/9863912/  Search this
Bracey, John H http://id.loc.gov/vocabulary/relators/edt http://id.loc.gov/vocabulary/relators/edt http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n50043177 http://viaf.org/viaf/35700793/  Search this
Author:
ProQuest (Firm) http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n2007068018 http://viaf.org/viaf/125993931/  Search this
Physical description:
1 online resource
Type:
Electronic resources
Place:
United States
Date:
2014
20th century
Topic:
African Americans in literature  Search this
Black nationalism--History  Search this
Black Arts movement  Search this
African Americans--Intellectual life  Search this
American literature--African American authors  Search this
LITERARY CRITICISM--American--General  Search this
SOCIAL SCIENCE--General  Search this
Black nationalism  Search this
Call number:
PS508.N3 S66 2014 (Internet)
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The airships parade : march, two step / by T. Mayo Geary

Author:
Geary, T. Mayo cmp  Search this
Bella C. Landauer Collection of Aeronautical Sheet Music (Smithsonian Institution. Libraries) DSI  Search this
Physical description:
4 p. of music ; 34 cm
Type:
Songs and music
Advertisements
Sheet music covers
Cityscapes
Sheet music
Place:
United States
Date:
1902
C1902
1901-1910
1900-1910
Topic:
Marches (Piano)  Search this
Dance music  Search this
Popular instrumental music  Search this
Airships  Search this
Balloons (Aircraft)  Search this
Balloonists  Search this
American  Search this
Call number:
M1 .B4
Data Source:
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Aurora : march two-step / by Harry J. Lincoln

Author:
Lincoln, Harry J. 1878-1937 cmp  Search this
Bella C. Landauer Collection of Aeronautical Sheet Music (Smithsonian Institution. Libraries) DSI  Search this
Physical description:
5 p. of music ; 35 c.m
Type:
Songs and music
Art
Advertisements
Sheet music covers
Sheet music
Place:
United States
Roman
Date:
1906
C1906
1901-1910
1900-1910
Topic:
Marches (Piano)  Search this
Dance music  Search this
Popular instrumental music  Search this
Aurora (Roman deity)  Search this
Flight  Search this
Goddesses  Search this
Torches  Search this
Wreaths  Search this
Sunrises & sunsets  Search this
American  Search this
Call number:
M1 .B4
Data Source:
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American patrol : march / F.W. Meacham

Author:
Meacham, F. W cmp  Search this
Earl, Harry ill  Search this
Bella C. Landauer Collection of Aeronautical Sheet Music (Smithsonian Institution. Libraries) DSI  Search this
Physical description:
7 p. of music ; 31 cm
Type:
Songs and music
Advertisements
Sheet music covers
Sheet music
Place:
United States
Date:
1914
C1914
1911-1920
1910-1920
Topic:
Marches (Piano)  Search this
Patriotic music  Search this
Combat patrols  Search this
Popular instrumental music  Search this
Eagles  Search this
Monoplanes  Search this
Airships  Search this
Military parades & ceremonies  Search this
American  Search this
Call number:
M1 .B4
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
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The aeroplane : march and two-step / by Edmund Braham

Author:
Braham, Edmund cmp  Search this
Pfeiffer, E. H ill  Search this
Bella C. Landauer Collection of Aeronautical Sheet Music (Smithsonian Institution. Libraries) DSI  Search this
Physical description:
5 p. of music ; 36 cm
Type:
Songs and music
Landscapes (Representations)
Sheet music covers
Sheet music
Advertisements
Place:
United States
Date:
1909
C1909
1901-1910
1900-1910
Topic:
Marches (Piano)  Search this
Airplanes  Search this
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Biplanes  Search this
Air pilots  Search this
Birds  Search this
American  Search this
Call number:
M1 .B4
Data Source:
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King of the air : march and two-step / by Carl Everlof

Author:
Everlof, Carl cmp  Search this
Bella C. Landauer Collection of Aeronautical Sheet Music (Smithsonian Institution. Libraries) DSI  Search this
Physical description:
5 p. of music ; 35 cm
Type:
Songs and music
Sheet music covers
Sheet music
Advertisements
Place:
United States
Date:
1911
C1911
1911-1920
1910-1920
Topic:
Marches (Piano)  Search this
Dance music  Search this
Popular instrumental music  Search this
Bald eagle  Search this
Eagles  Search this
Mountains  Search this
American  Search this
Call number:
M1 .B4
Data Source:
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The aerial navigator : march and two-step : for piano / by Edward Glickman

Author:
Glickman, Edward cmp  Search this
Bella C. Landauer Collection of Aeronautical Sheet Music (Smithsonian Institution. Libraries) DSI  Search this
Physical description:
5 p. of music ; 36 cm
Type:
Songs and music
Sheet music covers
Sheet music
Advertisements
Place:
United States
Date:
1909
C1909
1901-1910
1900-1910
Topic:
Marches (Piano)  Search this
Dance music  Search this
Popular instrumental music  Search this
Explorers  Search this
Air pilots  Search this
Borders (Ornament areas)  Search this
Flowers  Search this
American  Search this
Call number:
M1 .B4
Data Source:
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