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O'Brien Galleries records

Creator:
O'Brien Galleries (Chicago, Ill.)  Search this
Names:
House of O'Brien  Search this
M. O'Brien & Son  Search this
O'Brien Art Galleries  Search this
O'Brien's Art Emporium  Search this
Betts, Louis, 1873-1961  Search this
Homer, Winslow, 1836-1910  Search this
O'Brien, Martin, 1834-1917  Search this
O'Brien, William Vincent, 1859-1952  Search this
O'Brien, William Vincent, 1902-1972  Search this
Extent:
3 Microfilm reels
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Microfilm reels
Drawings
Scrapbooks
Date:
1811-1970
Scope and Contents:
Correspondence, business records, notes and writings, printed material, and photographs chart the gallery's history.
REELS 4180-4181: Correspondence from artists, patrons, and others (1811-1952) includes 8 letters from Winslow Homer (1898-1902). Business records include financial and legal documents (1857-1941), name lists and lists of paintings sold, painting and print registers (1898-1954), and minutes from corporation meetings (1901-1941). Howard O'Brien's writings include poems (1909-1944), some illustrated with photographs; a script "Cherchez La Femme"; and a typescript "The Long Trail". Printed material includes advertisements, clippings (1900-1970), exhibition catalogs (1921-1924), a sale catalog, and a booklet (1927) on landscape painters of America. An album contains photographs of portraits painted by Louis Betts, an artist promoted by O'Brien. Other photographs (1885-1936) show O'Brien family members, Winslow Homer, and one of Irene Dunne (an autographed publicity shot).
REEL 4193: A scrapbook contains exhibition announcements, clippings, and brochures from Chicago (1873-1941) and Arizona (1953-1958).
Biographical / Historical:
Art gallery; Chicago, Ill. and Scottsdale, Az. Chicago's first art gallery and one of the oldest family owned and operated gallery in the United States. It opened in 1855 as a frame shop, offering a variety of services to both artists and collectors. It was called by several names, including O'Brien's Art Emporium, O'Brien Art Galleries, O'Brien Galleries, House of O'Brien, and M. O'Brien & Sons. The gallery remained in Chicago until 1941, closed during the war, and resumed operation in Scottsdale, Arizona in the 1950s.
Three generations of O'Briens (Martin, William, and William Jr.) ran the gallery before it moved to Arizona; all were committed to bringing culture and the visual arts to Chicago. O'Brien's Art Emporium was a vital factor in shaping art collections and attitudes in the city; it supported and sold work by conservative, academic painters, developing and reflecting the taste of the majority of Chicagoans.
Other Title:
O'Brien's Art Emporium (microfilm title)
Provenance:
Lent for microfilming 1986 by the current owners of the gallery, Stephanie Roberts and her husband, Bill Dickerson.
Restrictions:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Function:
Art galleries, Commercial -- Arizona
Art galleries, Commercial -- Illinois
Genre/Form:
Drawings
Scrapbooks
Identifier:
AAA.obrigall
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-obrigall

Saul Zalesch collection of artists' letters and documents

Collector:
Zalesch, Saul E.  Search this
Names:
Brooklyn Art Association  Search this
Society of American Artists  Search this
Baldridge, C. LeRoy  Search this
Bearden, Romare, 1911-1988  Search this
Bellows, George, 1882-1925  Search this
Benton, Thomas Hart, 1889-1975  Search this
Betts, Louis, 1873-1961  Search this
Bishop, Isabel, 1902-1988  Search this
Champney, James Wells, 1843-1903  Search this
Church, Frederic Edwin, 1826-1900  Search this
Church, Frederick S. (Frederick Stuart), 1842-1924  Search this
Doughty, Thomas, 1793-1856  Search this
Duveneck, Frank, 1848-1919  Search this
Duveneck, Josephine W. (Josephine Whitney), 1891-1978  Search this
Fenollosa, Ernest Francisco, 1853-1908  Search this
Foster, Ben, 1852-1926  Search this
Gardner, Isabella Stewart, 1840-1924  Search this
Gropper, William, 1897-1977  Search this
Hassam, Childe, 1859-1935  Search this
Henri, Robert, 1865-1929  Search this
Indiana, Robert, 1928-  Search this
La Farge, John, 1835-1910  Search this
La Farge, John, 1835-1910  Search this
Lage, William Potter  Search this
Lichtenstein, Roy, 1923-1997  Search this
Lippold, Richard, 1915-2002  Search this
Martin, Homer Dodge, 1836-1897  Search this
Merry, C. M.  Search this
Millet, Francis Davis, 1846-1912  Search this
Opper, Frederick Burr, 1857-1937  Search this
Pennell, Joseph, 1857-1926  Search this
Redfield, Edward Willis, 1869-1965  Search this
Rogers, John, 1829-1904  Search this
Sargent, John Singer, 1856-1925  Search this
Stankiewicz, Richard, 1922-1983  Search this
Story, Franklin H.  Search this
Story, William Wetmore, 1819-1895  Search this
Sully, Thomas, 1783-1872  Search this
Teal, William P.  Search this
Vedder, Elihu, 1836-1923  Search this
Weir, Julian Alden, 1852-1919  Search this
Williams, Gluyas, 1888-  Search this
Extent:
58 Items ((portions microfilmed on 1 reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1834-1973
Scope and Contents:
Artists' letters and documents collected by Zalesch and letters written to him in response to inquiries concnering autographs and biographical information.
REEL 3097: Twenty-six letters (1845-1973) written by George Bellows, Thomas Hart Benton, Isabel Bishop, Frederick Stuart Church, Thomas Doughty, Ernest Fenollosa, Ben Foster, Isabella Stewart Gardner, Childe Hassam, Robert Henri, John La Farge, Homer Dodge Martin, Joseph Pennell, Edward Willis Redfield, John Rogers, John Singer Sargent, Richard Stankiewicz, Thomas Sully, and Elihu Vedder. Also included are a Harvard University bond for William Wetmore Story's tuition signed by Franklin H. Story (1834) and a biographical questionnaire completed by John La Farge for The Cyclopedia of American Biography (1925).
UNMICROFILMED: Letters written by Roy Lichtenstein, William Gropper, Gluyas Williams, Ordway Partridge, Frederick Burr Opper, James Wells Champney, C. Gray Parker, Ben Foster, Louis Betts, Cyrus Le Roy Baldridge, Richard Lippold, Romare Bearden, Isabel Bishop, Thomas Hart Benton, Richard Stankiewicz, and others; a brochure for a work of art by Robert Indiana; a certificate from The Brooklyn Art Association for one share of capital stock in the name of William Potter Lage; one page of correspondence documenting a decision made for the Society of American Artists containing a note from Francis D. Millet to J. Alden Weir, followed by a note from Weir to Frederic Church, signed "O.K." by Church.
Vol. XXVI, no. 5, Feb. 1924 periodical, Old Hughes, published by the students of Hughes High school in Cincinnati, Ohio containing a published exchange of letters between principal C. M. Merry and Josephine W. Duveneck, daughter-in-law of painter Frank Duveneck about the Hughes High School purchasing a painting by Duveneck, and a reminiscence of Duveneck by William P. Teal, head of the art department at Hughes High School.
Biographical / Historical:
Saul Zalesch, an art historian, began collecting artists' letters around 1981.
Provenance:
This collection of letters was lent for microfilming by Zalesch in 1984 (reel 3097). Zalesch donated an additional three letters in 1993, twenty-five in 1999, one letter in 2008, and a publication in 2009.
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:
Painters -- United States  Search this
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.zalesaul
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-zalesaul

Portrait of Betty Bofinger Brown, (painting)

Painter:
Betts, Louis 1873-1961  Search this
Subject:
Brown, Betty Bofinger  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Washington University Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum Campus Box 1214, One Brookings Drive St. Louis Missouri 63130 Accession Number: WU 4462
Topic:
Portrait female  Search this
Control number:
IAP 28280047
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_274515

Portrait of George Warren Brown, (painting)

Painter:
Betts, Louis 1873-1961  Search this
Subject:
Brown, George Warren  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Washington University Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum Campus Box 1214, One Brookings Drive St. Louis Missouri 63130 Accession Number: WU 4463
Topic:
Portrait male  Search this
Control number:
IAP 28280048
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_274516

Josie of the Hills [painting] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Betts, Louis 1873-1961  Search this
Subject:
Unidentified  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Topic:
Western  Search this
Portrait female--Josie  Search this
Animal--Horse  Search this
Landscape--United States  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0043662
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_43663

F. F. Jelke [painting] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Betts, Louis 1873-1961  Search this
Subject:
Jelke, F. F  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Topic:
Portrait male--Full length  Search this
Dress--Uniform--Military Uniform  Search this
Landscape  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0043663
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_43664

Elizabeth Betts of Wortham [painting] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Betts, Louis 1873-1961  Search this
Subject:
Betts, Elizabeth  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1923
Topic:
Portrait female--Full length  Search this
Dress--Accessory--Hat  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0043664
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Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_43665

Portrait of a Woman [painting] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Betts, Louis 1873-1961  Search this
Subject:
Unidentified  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Topic:
Portrait female--Knee length  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0043665
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_43666

Portrait of a Lady [painting] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Betts, Louis 1873-1961  Search this
Subject:
Unidentified  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Topic:
Portrait female--Full length  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0043666
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_43667

Portrait of a Woman [painting] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Betts, Louis 1873-1961  Search this
Subject:
Unidentified  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Topic:
Portrait female--Waist length  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0043667
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_43668

Portrait of a Woman [painting] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Betts, Louis 1873-1961  Search this
Subject:
Unidentified  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Topic:
Portrait female--Knee length  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0043668
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_43669

Mrs. Lynch [painting] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Betts, Louis 1873-1961  Search this
Subject:
Lynch  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Topic:
Portrait female--Full length  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0043669
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_43670

Portrait of a Lady [painting] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Betts, Louis 1873-1961  Search this
Subject:
Unidentified  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Topic:
Portrait female--Full length  Search this
Landscape  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0043670
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_43671

Elise [painting] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Betts, Louis 1873-1961  Search this
Subject:
Unidentified  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Topic:
Portrait female--Elise  Search this
Landscape  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0043671
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_43672

Portrait of a Lady [painting] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Betts, Louis 1873-1961  Search this
Subject:
Unidentified  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Topic:
Portrait female--Knee length  Search this
Object--Furniture--Chair  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0043672
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_43673

Daniel Catton Rich [painting] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Betts, Louis 1873-1961  Search this
Subject:
Rich, Daniel Catton  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Topic:
Portrait male--Waist length  Search this
Occupation--Art--Museum Director  Search this
Dress--Accessory--Eye Wear  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0043673
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_43674

J. Hamilton Lewis [painting] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Betts, Louis 1873-1961  Search this
Subject:
Lewis, J. Hamilton  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Topic:
Portrait male--Waist length  Search this
Occupation--Political--Senator  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0043674
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_43675

Ogden Pleissner [painting] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Betts, Louis 1873-1961  Search this
Subject:
Pleissner, Ogden  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Topic:
Portrait male--Knee length  Search this
Dress--Uniform--Military Uniform  Search this
Occupation--Art--Painter  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0043675
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_43676

Portrait of a Man Holding a Pipe [painting] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Betts, Louis 1873-1961  Search this
Subject:
Unidentified  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Topic:
Portrait male--Waist length  Search this
Recreation--Leisure--Smoking  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0043676
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_43677

Royal Cortissoz [painting] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Betts, Louis 1873-1961  Search this
Subject:
Cortissoz, Royal  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1939-1944
Topic:
Portrait male--Knee length  Search this
Occupation--Art--Art Critic  Search this
Architecture interior  Search this
Object--Other--Smoking Material  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0043677
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_43678

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