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Elisabeth Commanday papers

Creator:
Commanday, Elisabeth, 1890-1994  Search this
Names:
Anrep, Alda  Search this
Berenson, Bernard, 1865-1959  Search this
Berenson, Elizabeth  Search this
Mariano, Nicky  Search this
Extent:
0.4 Linear feet ((on 1 microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1949-1968
Scope and Contents:
Seventy-seven letters to Commanday from Bernard Berenson, 1949-1958; ca. fifty from Berenson's companion, Nicky Mariano, 1954-1968; ten from Mariano's sister, Baroness Alda Anrep, 1960-1974; and ca. fifty from Berenson's sister, Elizabeth (Bessie) Berenson, 1966-1975. The letters are mostly personal. Also included are letters from Commanday to various friends written while traveling in Europe, 1958, mentioning her visits to I Tatti; photographs of Mariano, Bessie, I Tatti, and Commanday; and articles and obituaries regarding Berenson and Mariano.
Provenance:
Donated 1993 by Maurice Commanday, son of Elisabeth Commanday. Commanday corresponded with Berenson for nearly ten years. At his death in 1959, Berenson's companion Nicky Mariano returned to Commanday all of her letters, which she discarded, except for the earliest letter written in April 1949 after reading about Berenson in Life magazine and his book Sketch for Self-Portrait. She tells Berenson that her sister married Jack Rubenstein and she became one of the family. "I adored Leah Rubenstein and met Aunty Berenson there many times."
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.
Identifier:
AAA.commelis
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-commelis

Elisabeth Commanday papers, 1949-1968

Creator:
Commanday, Elisabeth, 1890-1994  Search this
Subject:
Anrep, Alda  Search this
Berenson, Bernard  Search this
Mariano, Nicky  Search this
Berenson, Elizabeth  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6377
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)215333
AAA_collcode_commelis
Theme:
Art Theory and Historiography
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_215333

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