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First Winter Exhibition catalog of the National Academy of Design

Creator:
Sackett and Mackay  Search this
Subject:
American Watercolor Society  Search this
National Academy of Design (U.S.)  Search this
Type:
Printed Materials
Date:
1867
Topic:
Exhibitions  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)9030
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American Watercolor Society records, 1867-1977, bulk 1950-1970
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_9030
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American Watercolor Society records, 1867-1977, bulk 1950-1970

Creator:
American Watercolor Society  Search this
Subject:
American Water Color Society  Search this
American Society of Painters in Water Colors  Search this
New York Water Color Club  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Topic:
Watercolor painting -- 19th century -- United States  Search this
Art -- Societies, etc. -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Watercolor painting, American  Search this
Watercolor painting -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Watercolorists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8636
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210816
AAA_collcode_amerwate
Theme:
The Art Market
Communities, Organizations, Museums
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210816
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Society of Painters in Water Colors records, 1850-1855

Creator:
American Society of Painters in Water Colors  Search this
Subject:
Glasgow, James I.  Search this
Halpin, John  Search this
Hunt, Samuel Valentine  Search this
Jones, Alfred  Search this
Parsons, Charles R.  Search this
Beckwith, Henry P.  Search this
Falconer, John Mackie  Search this
Society for the Promotion of Painting in Water Colors  Search this
Topic:
Watercolor painting -- Societies, etc. -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8752
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210933
AAA_collcode_sociptwc
Theme:
Communities, Organizations, Museums
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210933

Society of Painters in Water Colors records

Creator:
American Society of Painters in Water Colors  Search this
Names:
Society for the Promotion of Painting in Water Colors  Search this
Beckwith, Henry P.  Search this
Falconer, John Mackie, 1820-1903  Search this
Glasgow, James I.  Search this
Halpin, John  Search this
Hunt, Samuel Valentine, 1803-1893  Search this
Jones, Alfred, 1819-1900  Search this
Parsons, Charles R., 1821-1910  Search this
Extent:
2 Items ((on 2 microfilm reels))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1850-1855
Scope and Contents:
Constitution and minutes of meetings, and a printed announcement.
REEL 801: Constitution and minutes of meetings from the society's inception, October 30, 1850 to September 26, 1855. Some of the members were: Henry P. Beckwith, Alfred Jones, John Halpin, John M. Falconer, Charles Parsons, Samuel V. Hunt and James Glasgow.
REEL 3472: Printed announcement of the opening of the fourth season of the Society's school.
Biographical / Historical:
Professional society; New York City. Also called Society for the Promotion of Painting in Water Colors.
Provenance:
Lent 1974 by the New York Historical Society.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Watercolorists  Search this
Topic:
Watercolor painting -- Societies, etc. -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.sociptwc
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-sociptwc

American Watercolor Society records

Creator:
American Watercolor Society  Search this
Names:
American Society of Painters in Water Colors  Search this
American Water Color Society  Search this
New York Water Color Club  Search this
Extent:
3.8 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
1867-1977
bulk 1950-1970
Summary:
The records of the American Watercolor Society measure 3.8 linear feet and date from 1867 to 1977, with the bulk of the material dating from 1950 to 1970. The collection provides scattered documentation of the operations and activities of one of the oldest continuously operating artists' organizations in the United States and includes records of its administration and history, membership, and exhibitions, as well as printed material and photographs.
Scope and Content Note:
The records of the American Watercolor Society measure 3.8 linear feet and date from 1867 to 1977, with the bulk of the material dating from 1950 to 1970. The collection provides scattered documentation of the operations and activities of one of the oldest continuously operating artists' organizations in the United States and includes records of its administration and history, membership, and exhibitions

Records documenting the founding, history, and operations of the society are found in the administration and history series. Included are written histories and material on the 1941 merger with the New York Water Color Club, including an updated Constitution and By-Laws. Also found here are reports, committee documents, administrative correspondence, records of participation in national art events, and financial records.

The membership records include a membership roster notebook, dating from 1953-1961, lists of members, member biographies, and correspondence regarding membership. The society's exhibition files include a bound volume of the record of works shown in the annual exhibition from 1897 to 1904, as well as files on a few other annual exhibitions and exchange exhibitions with other countries. These files contain scattered correspondence, price lists, exhibition checklists and printed material.

A small amount of printed material in the collection includes a booklet entitled, Water-Color Painting: Some Facts and Authorities in Relation to Its Durability, distributed by the society in 1868, as well as news clipping about events and exhibitions, newsletters, and other published items. Photographs are of members, jurors, events, painting demonstrations, and artwork.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into 5 series:

Series 1: Administration and History, 1891-1970 (Box 1-2; 1.1 linear feet)

Series 2: Membership, 1941, 1951-1960s (Box 2; 0.7 linear feet)

Series 3: Exhibition Files, 1867-1910, 1955-1975 (Box 2-3, BV02; 1.2 linear feet)

Series 4: Printed Material, 1868, 1943-1972 (Box 3; 6 folders)

Series 5: Photographs, circa 1940-1977 (Box 3-4; 0.5 linear feet)
Historical Note:
The American Watercolor Society still functions as an active artists' organization that was founded in New York City on December 5, 1866 as the American Society of Painters in Water Colors. The first president was Samuel Colman. Initially, election to membership was very selective, consisting of active members and honorary members (those living outside of New York City). From the beginning, the most important activity of the organization was its annual exhibition, open to both members and non-members, the first being held in the winter of 1867-1868.

The Society's first six annual exhibitions were held jointly with the National Academy of Design at the Academy's galleries. Beginning with the seventh exhibition, the society initiated independent annual exhibitions until 1899. The early exhibitions were very successful, and the society showed work from many prominent American and European artists such as Thomas Eakins, Abbott Thayer, Eugene Delacroix, and John Ruskin. 1888 marked the first year that the society awarded prizes to the best works. By the early 1900s the society had developed a program for exhibitions that included a jury of selection and jury of awards.

In 1903 the society was officially incorporated as the American Water Color Society, to "advance the art of water color painting in this country." Membership classifications changed slightly and artists were either classified as active (professional artists) or associate members. By 1904 the society was struggling financially, and annual exhibitions were held at various spaces around New York City. In 1905 the society established annual rotary (traveling) exhibitions. From 1922 to 1931, the society combined exhibition venues with the New York Water Color Club (founded in 1890), and in January 1941 these two organizations merged under the name of the American Watercolor Society and created a new constitution. This merger brought many female artists who were active in the New York Water Color Club to the society which had previously not recognized many women painters. In 1941 the society established their headquarters in one room at the National Academy of Design's new building where they also held annual exhibitions in the galleries.

Frederic Whitaker, a painter and businessman, became president in 1949 and brought a renewed vigor to the society. He reinstituted traveling exhibitions, created new committees, and increased the number of exhibition awards. He also established an office in the Flatiron building and hired an Executive Secretary. After he resigned in 1956, the society experienced a period of financial troubles that were immediately addressed when Mario Cooper became president in 1959. Offices were moved back to the National Academy, several new officers were appointed, and after a period of fiscal austerity, a scholarship program and central awards fund were established. In 1967 the society had its 100th annual exhibition and also had an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, entitled, "Two Hundred Years of Watercolor Painting In America, An Exhibition Commemorating The Centennial of the American Watercolor Society." Over the next few years the society organized and exchanged exhibitions with other countries, including Canada, Mexico, England, and Australia. Mario Cooper remained president until 1986, and the American Watercolor Society remains an active artists' organization today.
Related Material:
Additional records may be available by contacting the American Watercolor Society.
Separated Material:
Originals of loaned material, including additional exhibition materials, correspondence, photographs, and administrative records were returned to the American Watercolor Society after microfilming. Loaned material is available on reels N68-8 through N68-10, but is not described in the container listing of this finding aid.
Provenance:
The American Watercolor Society loaned material for microfilming in 1968, and, in 1978, donated some of this material. The bound volume of the record of works shown in annual exhibitions, 1897-1904, was microfilmed in 1972 and subsequently donated in 1978 by the American Antiquarian Society.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Use requires an appointment.
Rights:
The American Watercolor Society 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:
Watercolor painting -- 19th century -- United States  Search this
Art -- Societies, etc. -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Watercolor painting, American  Search this
Watercolor painting -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Watercolorists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
American Watercolor Society records, 1867-1977, bulk 1950-1970. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.amerwate
See more items in:
American Watercolor Society records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-amerwate

The Bridge, (painting)

Artist:
Hamilton, J.  Search this
Type:
Paintings
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Topic:
Architecture--Bridge  Search this
Control number:
AECI 08040010
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_aeci_121114

Drawings, (drawing)

Artist:
Harpignies, H.  Search this
Type:
Drawings
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Topic:
Undetermined  Search this
Control number:
AECI 08040020
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_aeci_121124

The Bridge of Sighs, (painting)

Artist:
Magrath, Wm.  Search this
Type:
Paintings
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Topic:
Cityscape--Italy--Venice  Search this
Architecture--Bridge--Bridge of Sighs  Search this
Control number:
AECI 08040107
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_aeci_121211

View at Cold Spring, (painting)

Artist:
Craig, W.  Search this
Type:
Paintings
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Topic:
Landscape  Search this
Control number:
AECI 08040118
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_aeci_121222

Sleeping Girl, (painting)

Artist:
Sully, Thos.  Search this
Type:
Paintings
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Topic:
Figure female--Child  Search this
State of Being--Other--Sleep  Search this
Control number:
AECI 08040157
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_aeci_121261

Lady Paxton, (painting)

Artist:
Hunt, Wm.  Search this
Subject:
Paxton  Search this
Type:
Paintings
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Topic:
Portrait female  Search this
Control number:
AECI 10910413
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_aeci_132108

Landscape, (painting)

Artist:
Lasinsky  Search this
Type:
Paintings
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Topic:
Landscape  Search this
Control number:
AECI 10910478
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_aeci_132173

Autumn in the White Mountains, (painting)

Artist:
VanElten, Kruseman  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor
Type:
Paintings
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Topic:
Landscape--Mountain--White Mountains  Search this
Landscape--New Hampshire  Search this
Control number:
AECI 01190457
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_aeci_22505

Old Hay Rick, (painting)

Artist:
Walters, M. Josephine  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor
Type:
Paintings
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Topic:
Occupation--Farm--Harvesting  Search this
Travel--Land--Cart  Search this
Control number:
AECI 01190490
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_aeci_22538

Pencil Drawing, (drawing)

Artist:
Pattison, R. J.  Search this
Medium:
Pencil
Type:
Drawings
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Topic:
Undetermined  Search this
Control number:
AECI 01190511
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_aeci_22559

Pencil and Ink Sketch, (drawing)

Artist:
Earle, L. C.  Search this
Medium:
Pen/ink
Type:
Drawings
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Topic:
Undetermined  Search this
Study  Search this
Control number:
AECI 01190539
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_aeci_22587

Sleeping Cavalier, (painting)

Artist:
Vibert, J. G.  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor
Type:
Paintings
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Topic:
State of Being--Other--Sleep  Search this
Occupation--Military--Soldier  Search this
Figure male  Search this
History--Europe  Search this
Control number:
AECI 01190558
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_aeci_22606

October in Harts Co., England, (painting)

Artist:
Bellows, A. F.  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor
Type:
Paintings
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Topic:
Landscape--England--Harts County  Search this
Landscape--Foreign--England  Search this
Control number:
AECI 01200026
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_aeci_22663

Waiting at the Church, (painting)

Artist:
Zamacois, E.  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor
Type:
Paintings
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Topic:
Religion--Christianity  Search this
Architecture--Religious--Church  Search this
Figure  Search this
Control number:
AECI 01200040
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_aeci_22677

The Foot Bridge, (painting)

Artist:
Walters, M. J.  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor
Type:
Paintings
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Topic:
Architecture--Bridge  Search this
Landscape--River  Search this
Control number:
AECI 01200042
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_aeci_22679

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