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Martin Birnbaum papers

Creator:
Birnbaum, Martin, 1878-1970  Search this
Names:
Fogg Art Museum  Search this
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Philadelphia Museum of Art  Search this
Scott & Fowles (Firm)  Search this
Beardsley, Aubrey, 1872-1898  Search this
Beaux, Cecilia, 1855-1942  Search this
Bruce, Edward, 1879-1943  Search this
Bufano, Beniamino, 1898-1970  Search this
Chanler, Robert Winthrop, 1872-1930  Search this
Choate, Mabel, 1870-1958  Search this
Clark, Stephen C. (Stephen Carlton), b. 1882  Search this
Cœdès, George  Search this
Davis, Edmund  Search this
Davis, Reginald  Search this
Despiau, Charles, 1874-1946  Search this
Diederich, William Hunt, 1884-1953  Search this
Dillingham, Louise  Search this
Douglas, Norman, 1868-1952  Search this
Dulac, Edmund, 1882-1953  Search this
Fernández, Luis, 1900-1973  Search this
Haseltine, Herbert, 1877-1962  Search this
Hoffman, Malvina, 1887-1966  Search this
Hoowij, Jan, 1907-  Search this
Jacobs, Leonebel  Search this
John, Augustus, 1878-1961  Search this
Jones, Lois Mailou, 1905-1998  Search this
Kester, Lenard, 1917-  Search this
Manship, Paul, 1885-1966  Search this
McIlhenny, Henry P.  Search this
Melchers, Gari, 1860-1932  Search this
Nadelman, Elie, 1882-1946  Search this
Parmelee, James  Search this
Parrish, Maxfield, 1870-1966  Search this
Potterton, Alfred B.  Search this
Richter, Gisela Marie Augusta, 1882-1972  Search this
Ricketts, Charles S., 1866-1931  Search this
Rock, Joseph Francis Charles, 1884-1962  Search this
Rothenstein, William, Sir, 1872-1945  Search this
Sargent, John Singer, 1856-1925  Search this
Scott, Stevenson  Search this
Scudder, Janet, b. 1873  Search this
Sinclair, Upton, 1878-1968  Search this
Sprinchorn, Carl, 1887-1971  Search this
Stein, Leo, 1872-1947  Search this
Sterne, Maurice, 1878-1957  Search this
Sterner, Albert, 1863-1946  Search this
Werntz, Carl N. (Carl Newland), 1874-1944  Search this
Wilson, Stanley  Search this
Winthrop, Grenville Lindall, 1864-1943  Search this
Extent:
3.2 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sketches
Etchings
Photographs
Date:
1862-1967
bulk 1920-1967
Summary:
The papers of New York art dealer, critic, and author Martin Birnbaum measure 3.2 linear feet and date from 1862-1967, with the bulk of the material dating from 1920-1967. The papers document Birnbaum's association with the firm of Scott & Fowles, the lives and activities of his friends and colleagues, and his literary work, through biographical material, correspondence, writings and notes, business records, printed material, a scrapbook, scattered artwork, and photographs of Birnbaum, friends and colleagues, and artwork.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of New York art dealer, critic, and author Martin Birnbaum measure 3.2 linear feet and date from 1862-1967, with the bulk of the material dating from 1920-1967. The papers document Birnbaum's association with the firm of Scott & Fowles, the lives and activities of his friends and colleagues, and his literary work, through biographical material, correspondence, writings and notes, business records, printed material, a scrapbook, scattered artwork, and photographs of Birnbaum, friends and colleagues, and artwork.

Correspondence, primarily letters received by Birnbaum in New York, and throughout Europe from 1917-1960s, reflects Birnbaum's association with Scott & Fowles, particularly Stevenson Scott, and includes many details about the lives and activities of his correspondents, among them: artists Edward Bruce, Cecilia Beaux, Beniamino Bufano, Stephen C. Clark, Louise Dillingham, William Hunt Diedrich, Luis Fernandez, Herbert Haseltine, Jan Hoowij, Malvina Hoffman, Leonebel Jacobs, Lenard Kester, Lois Mailou Jones, Paul Manship, Gari Melchers, Maxfield Parrish, Charles S. Ricketts, William Rothenstein, John Singer Sargent, Janet Scudder, Carl Sprinchorn, Maurice Sterne, Albert Sterner, Carl N. Wertz, and Stanley Wilson. Also found is correspondence with art collectors and patrons including Mabel Choate, Edmund Davis, Reginald Davis, Henry P. McIlhenny, James Parmalee, Edith Wetmore, and Grenville Windall Linthrop, and museums including the Fogg Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and then curator Gisela Marie Augusta Richter, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Correspondence with scholars, writers, and publishers including George Coedes, Edmund Dulac, Joseph Francis Charles Rock, Upton Sinclair and others, documents aspects of Birnbaum's literary and scholarly work.

Writings include drafts of The Last Romantic, including Upton Sinclair's revision, and some of Birnbaum's early published and unpublished writings, as well as notes on Aubrey Beardsley.

Business records include financial records such as bills, receipts, canceled checks and statements for sales of artwork, and scattered legal records.

A small amount of printed material primarily consists of programs for musical events which evidence Birnbaum's early success as a violinist, as well as scattered news clippings, 2 exhibition catalogs, and announcements for the publications of Angkor and the Mandarin Road and The Last Romantic. Additional printed material about Birnbaum can be found in the dismantled scrapbook, 1960-1961.

Artwork includes 2 etchings and a sketch by Birnbaum, bookplates by various artists, circa 10 sketches by other and unidentified artists, and 3 cards with original artwork.

Photographs include snapshots and portraits of Birnbaum and artists and friends, among them: Robert Chanler, Charles Despiau, Norman Douglas, Luis Fernandez, Herbert Haseltine, Augustus John, Paul Manship, Gari Melchers, Elie Nadelman, Albert Sterner, Stevenson Scott, and Grenville Lindall Winthrop. Also found is a photo of Birnbaum with Edward Bruce, Alfred Potterton, Leon Stein, and Maurice Sterne, circa 1915-1916, and photographs proposed for use in The Last Romantic, travel snapshots, and photos of artwork.
Arrangement:
Collection is arranged as 8 series.

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1890-1950s (0.3 linear feet; Box 1, OVs 4-5)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1862-1967 (1.7 linear feet; Boxes 1-2)

Series 3: Writings and Notes, circa 1890-circa 1960 (0.45 linear feet; Box 2)

Series 4: Business Records, 1918-1967 (0.15 linear feet; Box 2)

Series 5: Printed Material, 1895-circa 1960 (0.15 linear feet; Box 3)

Series 6: Scrapbook, 1960-1961 (1 folder; Box 3)

Series 7: Artwork, circa 1890-circa 1960 (0.15 linear feet; Box 3)

Series 8: Photographs, circa 1900-circa 1960s (0.3 linear feet; Box 3)
Biographical / Historical:
New York art dealer, critic, and author Martin Birmbaum (1878-1970) was the manager of the American branch of the Berlin Photographic Company in New York City from 1910–1916, and a longtime partner in the art firm Scott & Fowles. He spent the later part of his career building the Grenville Lindall Winthrop Collection, now at the Fogg Museum.

Birnbaum immigrated to the United States from Hungary as a child. He was an accomplished violinist who studied at City College of New York, and graduated with a law degree from Columbia University in 1901, but developed a life-long interest in art during visits to Europe. As manager of the Berlin Photographic Company he had great success in staging art exhibitions at the company's New York galleries, which led him to a junior partnership in the Fifth Avenue firm of art dealers, Scott & Fowles. Birnbaum traveled widely and built relationships with many of the prominent artists and art collectors of his day and, in addition to the Grenville Lindall Winthrop collection, was influential in developing other important art collections including those of Edward Davis, Reginald Davis, and Henry P. McIlhenny.

Birnbaum wrote widely about his experiences and encounters in the world of wealthy socialites, literary salons, artists, art patrons, and collectors in publications such as Aubrey Vincent Beardsley (Berlin Photographic Co., 1911), Oscar Wilde: Fragments and Memories (J.F. Drake, Incorporated, 1914) , Vanishing Eden:Wanderings in the Tropics (New York: William E. Rudge's Sons, 1942), Angkor and the Mandarin Road (Vantage Press, 1952), and The Last Romantic (Twayne Publishers, 1961). He died in 1970 at the age of 92.
Separated Materials:
The Archives of American Art also holds microfilm of material lent for microfilming (reels N698, N698A-N698B) including correspondence, bookplates, sketches, newspaper clippings, and a list of books containing ornamental drawings and illustrations. Loaned materials were returned to the lender and are not described in the collection container inventory.
Provenance:
Material on reels N698, N698A-N698B were lent for microfilming by Martin Birnbaum in 1967. The rest of the collection was donated in an anonymous gift in 1970 and by Martin Birnbaum's great-nephew, Jerome Ziegler, in 1975.
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.

Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Rights:
The Martin Birnbaum 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:
Art critics -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Authors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Art dealers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art galleries, Commercial -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sketches
Etchings
Photographs
Citation:
Martin Birnbaum papers, 1962-1967, bulk 1920-1967. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.birnmart
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-birnmart

Haldane MacFall letter

Creator:
Macfall, Haldane, 1860-1928  Search this
Names:
Beardsley, Aubrey, 1872-1898  Search this
Davis, Charles H. (Charles Harold), 1856-1933  Search this
Extent:
1 Item ((on partial microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
[undated]
Scope and Contents:
Letter to the editor of the Chicago Evening Post regarding the review of MacFall's biography of Aubrey Beardsley.
Biographical / Historical:
Writer. Author of AUBREY BEARDSLEY: THE CLOWN, THE HARLEQUIN, THE PIERROT OF HIS AGE.
Provenance:
Provenance unknown.
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.
Topic:
Art, Modern  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.macfhald
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-macfhald

Aubrey Beardsley in den "Yellow Nineties" 1891-1898 : Dekadenz oder Modernität / [Konzept und Gestaltung der Ausstellung, Katalogredaktion und Exponatkommentar Rüdiger Maria Kampmann]

Author:
Beardsley, Aubrey 1872-1898  Search this
Kampmann, Rüdiger Maria  Search this
Museum Villa Stuck  Search this
Subject:
Beardsley, Aubrey 1872-1898  Search this
Physical description:
206 p. : ill., ports. ; 22 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
England
Date:
1984
19th century
Topic:
Illustration of books  Search this
Drawing--Exhibitions  Search this
Call number:
NC242.B3 A4 1984
NC242.B3A4 1984
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_212811

Whistler's art dicta and other essays / A.E.G

Author:
Gallatin, A. E (Albert Eugene) 1881-1952  Search this
Former owner:
Freer, Charles Lang 1854-1919 DSI-F  Search this
Subject:
Whistler, James McNeill 1834-1903  Search this
Beardsley, Aubrey 1872-1898  Search this
Physical description:
[8], 46, [3] p., [4] leaves of plates : ill., facsims. (part. fold.) ; 21 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Date:
1904
Call number:
ND237.W6 G383 1904
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_854039

Salome and Judas in the cave of sex : the grotesque : origins, iconograpy, techniques / Ewa Kuryluk

Author:
Kuryluk, Ewa 1946-  Search this
Subject:
Beardsley, Aubrey 1872-1898 Themes, motives  Search this
Physical description:
xiv, 371 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Erotica
Date:
1987
Topic:
Grotesque in art  Search this
Erotica  Search this
Art and mythology  Search this
Symbolism in art  Search this
Arts  Search this
Call number:
NX650.G7 K87 1987X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_318361

Biazurī to Nihon = Aubrey Beardsley and Japan / kanshū Kawamura Jōichirō ; shippitsu, henshū, Kawamura Jōichirō [and 4 others]

Title:
ビアズリーと日本 = Aubrey Beardsley and Japan / 監修河村錠一郎 ; 執筆・編集河村錠一郎 [and 4 others]
Aubrey Beardsley and Japan
Author:
Beardsley, Aubrey 1872-1898  Search this
Kawamura, Jōichirō 1936-  Search this
Organizer:
Utsunomiya Bijutsukan  Search this
Subject:
Beardsley, Aubrey 1872-1898  Search this
Beardsley, Aubrey 1872-1898 Influence  Search this
Physical description:
283 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 21 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2015
1868-
Topic:
Drawing, Japanese  Search this
Call number:
NC242.B3 A4 2015
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1057939

The Savoy

Author:
Symons, Arthur 1865-1945  Search this
Beardsley, Aubrey 1872-1898  Search this
Physical description:
2 v. ill., plates. 27 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Date:
1896
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_813817

Aubrey Beardsley / Brian Reade

Author:
Reade, Brian  Search this
Beardsley, Aubrey 1872-1898  Search this
Subject:
Beardsley, Aubrey 1872-1898  Search this
Physical description:
372 p. : ill. ; 31 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1987
1967
Call number:
NC242.B3 R3 1987
N40.1.B37xR2a 1987
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_847763

Beardsley, Japonisme, and the perversion of the Victorian ideal / Linda Gertner Zatlin

Author:
Zatlin, Linda Gertner  Search this
Subject:
Beardsley, Aubrey 1872-1898 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Physical description:
xiv, 304 p. : ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Great Britain
France
Date:
1997
Topic:
Illustration of books--Japanese influences  Search this
Illustration of books, Victorian--Japanese influences  Search this
Grotesque in art  Search this
Call number:
NC978.5.B43 Z38 1997
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_890630

The Yellow book : a checklist and index / Mark Samuels Lasner

Author:
Samuels Lasner, Mark 1952-  Search this
Beardsley, Aubrey 1872-1898  Search this
Subject:
Beardsley, Aubrey 1872-1898  Search this
Physical description:
80 p., <4> p. of plates : ill., ports. ; 24 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Bibliography
Indexes
Place:
Great Britain
Date:
1998
Topic:
English literature  Search this
Art--Periodicals  Search this
Decadence (Literary movement)  Search this
Call number:
PN5130.Y45 S26 1998
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_604581

Ōburī Biazurī ten : seikimatsu geijutsu no hana = Aubrey Beardsley : a centenary tribute / [text and commentary, Simon Wilson, Linda Zatlin]

Title:
Aubrey Beardsley, a centenary tribute
Author:
Beardsley, Aubrey 1872-1898  Search this
Wilson, Simon 1942-  Search this
Zatlin, Linda Gertner  Search this
Kawasaki-shi Shimin Myūjiamu  Search this
Subject:
Beardsley, Aubrey 1872-1898  Search this
Physical description:
255 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1998
C1998
Call number:
N40.1.B37x K39 1998
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_622444

The spirit of Beardsley : a celebration of his art and style / foreword by George Melly ; text by Claire Nielson

Author:
Beardsley, Aubrey 1872-1898  Search this
Nielson, Claire  Search this
Subject:
Beardsley, Aubrey 1872-1898  Search this
Physical description:
224 p. : ill. ; 34 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1998
Call number:
N40.1.B37x N54 1998
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_545868

The Beardsley industry : the critical reception in England and France, 1893-1914 / Jane Haville Desmarais

Author:
Desmarais, Jane  Search this
Subject:
Beardsley, Aubrey 1872-1898 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Beardsley, Aubrey 1872-1898 Appreciation  Search this
Beardsley, Aubrey 1872-1898 Appreciation  Search this
Physical description:
xviii, 166 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
England
France
Date:
1998
C1998
19th century
20th century
Topic:
Art criticism--History  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.B37x D4 1998
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_553506

Aubrey Beardsley : a biography / Matthew Sturgis

Author:
Sturgis, Matthew  Search this
Beardsley, Aubrey 1872-1898  Search this
Subject:
Beardsley, Aubrey 1872-1898  Search this
Physical description:
x, 404 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
England
Date:
1999
Topic:
Artists  Search this
Erotic drawing  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.B37 S78 1999
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_557470

Aubrey Beardsley : a slave to beauty/ David Colvin

Title:
Slave to beauty
Author:
Colvin, David  Search this
Beardsley, Aubrey 1872-1898  Search this
Subject:
Beardsley, Aubrey 1872-1898 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Physical description:
112 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
England
Date:
1998
Topic:
Erotic drawing  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.B37 C65 1998
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_591213

Salome : a tragedy in one act / translated from the French of Oscar Wilde ; pictured by Aubrey Beardsley

Author:
Wilde, Oscar 1854-1900  Search this
Douglas, Alfred Bruce 1870-1945  Search this
Beardsley, Aubrey 1872-1898  Search this
Subject:
Salome (Biblical figure) Drama  Search this
Physical description:
[12], 66, [2], 14, [4] p., [10] leaves of plates : ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1894
Call number:
PR5820 .S2 E1894
PR5820.S2 E1894
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_434299

Beardsley / de Ruxandra Demetrescu

Author:
Demetrescu, Ruxandra  Search this
Subject:
Beardsley, Aubrey 1872-1898  Search this
Physical description:
106 p. : ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1986
Call number:
NC242.B3 D37 1986
NC242.B3D37 1986
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_444389

Catalogue of a group exhibition of water color paintings, pastels, drawings and sculpture by American and European artists

Author:
Pennell, Joseph 1857-1926  Search this
Brooklyn Museum  Search this
Subject:
Beardsley, Aubrey 1872-1898  Search this
Physical description:
[46] p. illus. 22 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1923
Topic:
Art  Search this
Call number:
N5020.B83 B8c 1923
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_470798

Some unknown drawings of Aubrey Beardsley / collected and annotated by R. A. Walker (Georges Derry)

Author:
Derry, Georges 1886-  Search this
Walker, R. A  Search this
Subject:
Beardsley, Aubrey 1872-1898  Search this
Beardsley, Aubrey 1872-1898 Homes and haunts  Search this
Beardsley, Aubrey 1872-1898  Search this
Physical description:
[84] p., [3] leaves of plates : ill. (1 col.), ports., facsims. ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Portraits
Date:
1923
Call number:
N40.1.B37x W18 1923
NC1115 .B4 1923
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_493669

The later work of Aubrey Beardsley

Author:
Beardsley, Aubrey 1872-1898  Search this
Subject:
Beardsley, Aubrey 1872-1898  Search this
Physical description:
[16] p., 174 plates (incl. ports.) 29 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1967
Call number:
N40.1.B37 D151 1967
N40.1.B37D151 1967
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_300463

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