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Worthington Whittredge papers

Creator:
Whittredge, Worthington, 1820-1910  Search this
Names:
Metropolitan Fair (1864:New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Brady, Mathew B., 1823 (ca.)-1896 (Recollections of the art exhibition, Metropolitan Fair)  Search this
Extent:
2.2 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Drawings
Photographs
Paintings
Sketchbooks
Date:
circa 1840s-1965
bulk 1849-1908
Summary:
The papers of landscape painter Worthington Whittredge measure 2.2 linear feet and date from the 1840s to 1965, with the bulk of the papers dating from 1849 to 1908. This small collection documents Whittredge's career as a painter, particularly his years in Europe from 1849 to 1859, through biographical materials, a manuscript of his autobiography, news clippings, catalogs, six sketchbooks and numerous drawings and paintings. Also found are two photographs of Whittredge and a nineteenth-century photo album containing photographs of 32 famous artists.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of landscape painter Worthington Whittredge measure 2.2 linear feet and date from the 1840s to 1965, with the bulk of the papers dating from 1849 to 1908. This small collection documents Whittredge's career as a painter, particularly his years in Europe from 1849 to 1859, through biographical materials, a manuscript of his autobiography, news clippings, catalogs, six sketchbooks and numerous drawings and paintings. Also found are two photographs of Whittredge and a nineteenth-century photo album containing photographs of 32 famous artists.

Biographical materials include a manuscript of his autobiography, passport, award certificates, and a ledger he kept while living in Düsseldorf, Germany, that documents commissions, accounts, and business activities. Printed material includes news clippings, catalogs, and the book Recollections of the Art Exhibition, Metropolitan Fair, New York, published by Mathew Brady, which includes a catalog of the art exhibition at the fair and 20 printed images by Brady.

Artwork consists of six sketchbooks and numerous drawings and paintings. The sketchbooks contain drawings Whittredge executed on a trip down the Rhine River in 1849 as well as during his travels in Italy and Mexico. Other loose drawings and paintings include numerous landscapes, figure studies, trees, animals, and other miscellaneous sketches.

There are two photographs of Whittredge, taken by M. Louise Greene, and a nineteenth-century photo album containing cartes de visite photographs of 32 artists. Most of these photographs include the artists autograph as well. Included are Albert Bierstadt, George H. Baker, William Holbrook Beard, Albert F. Bellows, John G. Brown, Seth Wells Cheney, Frederic Church, Jasper Cropsey, Thomas Seir Cummings, Mauritz De Haas, Francois Regis Gignoux, Henry Peters Gray, Seymour Guy, George Henry Hall, William Hart, William Hennessy, Richard W. Hubbard, Daniel Huntington, Henry Augustus Loop, Jervis McEntee, Samuel F. B. Morse, William Page, Horace Wolcott Robbins, Aaron Shattuck, James Augustus Suydam, Launt Thompson, Robert W. Weir, Henry Wenzler, Edwin White, and George Yewell, and two unidentified artists.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into 4 series:

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1849-circa 1940s (Box 1, 5, OV 9; 0.4 linear feet)

Series 2: Printed Material, 1861-1965 (Box 1, 4, 5, OV9; 0.4 linear feet)

Series 3: Artwork, circa 1840s-1902 (Box 2, 5, OV 6-9; 0.6 linear feet)

Series 4: Photographs, circa 1850s-1860s, circa 1900 (Box 2-3; 0.3 linear feet)
Biographical Note:
Thomas Worthington Whittredge (1820-1910) was born in 1820 in Springfield, Ohio. Receiving very little formal education, he moved to Cincinnati, Ohio at the age of 17 to serve as an apprentice house and sign painter. A few years later, in his early twenties, he briefly ran a daguerreotype studio in Indianapolis, Indiana, and worked as a portrait painter in Charleston, West Virginia.

In 1843 Whittredge decided to pursue landscape painting, and was greatly influenced by Hudson River School artist Thomas Cole. In 1849 he traveled to Düsseldorf, Germany, to further his training at the Düsseldorf Academy. There, he met painter Emanuel Leutze and modeled for Leutze's painting Washington Crossing the Delaware (1850). He lived for a year in the home of landscape painter Andreas Achenbach and became friends with Carl Friedrich Lessing. Whittredge spent the summer of 1856 sketching in Switzerland with Albert Bierstadt. That fall Whittredge and Bierstadt moved to Rome where they were joined by fellow artists Sanford Robinson Gifford and William Stanley Haseltine.

Whittredge stayed in Italy until 1859 when he returned to America and settled in New York City, renting a space at Richard Morris Hunt's famous Tenth Street Studio Building, which was frequented by some of the best-known artists, writers, and actors of the time. He kept company with Jervis McEntee, Eastman Johnson, Sanford Robinson Gifford, John Ferguson Weir, and other artists of the "old guard". Whittredge quickly became a very successful artist, adapting what he had learned in Europe to the American landscape. He was elected to the National Academy of Design in 1860 and became a full member in 1862. He also served as President of the National Academy of Design from 1874 to 1877.

In 1866 Whittredge went along on a government inspection tour of the Missouri Territory and was greatly inspired by the landscape. He traveled to Colorado in 1870 with John Frederick Kensett and Sanford Gifford and, in the late 1870s, began painting these new landscapes. He moved with his family to Summit, New Jersey, in 1880. In 1893 he went on a sketching trip to Mexico with fellow artist Frederic Church and continued painting into the early 1900s. Around this time he also began writing his autobiography which he completed in 1905. Worthington Whittredge died in 1910 at the age of 89.
Related Material:
Also found in the Archives of American Art are several collections relating to Whitteredge: the Anthony F. Janson research material on Worthington Whittredge, 1969-2003; the Worthington Whittredge sale records, 1900; the Edith Wilkinson Letter to E.P. Richardson and biographical notes on Worthington Whittredge, 1957; and a Worthington Whittredge letter to John Ferguson Weir, 1871.
Separated Material:
One sketchbook was loaned by William W. Katzenbach for microfilming in 1959 and returned. Loaned material is available on microfilm reel 153, but is not described in container listing of this finding aid.
Provenance:
The Worthington Whittredge papers were donated by William W. and L. Emery Katzenbach, grandsons of Whittredge, in 1959. Additional items were donated by William W. Katzenbach in 1968.
Restrictions:
The collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Topic:
Landscape painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Painting, American  Search this
Genre/Form:
Drawings
Photographs
Paintings
Sketchbooks
Citation:
Worthington Whittredge papers, circa 1840s-1965, bulk 1849-1908. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.whitwort
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Worthington Whittredge papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-whitwort
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Mathew Brady's portraits [electronic resource] : National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

Title:
Mathew Brady portraits
Matthew Brady portraits
Author:
National Portrait Gallery (Smithsonian Institution)  Search this
Subject:
Brady, Mathew B. 1823 (ca.)-1896  Search this
Type:
Electronic resources
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
1997
C1997
19th century
Civil War, 1861-1865
Topic:
Photographers--Biography  Search this
Portrait photography--History  Search this
History  Search this
Photography  Search this
Call number:
TR140.B7
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_615236

Krainik Ballooning Collection

Creator:
Krainik, Cliff  Search this
Names:
Brady, Mathew B., 1823 (ca.)-1896  Search this
Lowe, Thaddeus S. C.  Search this
Myers, Carl, 1842-1925  Search this
Myers, Mary, "Carlotta Queen of the Air"  Search this
Stevens, Albert Leo, 1873-1944  Search this
Extent:
3.19 Cubic feet (2 shoeboxes; 3 flatboxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Stereoscopic photographs
Postcards
Photographs
Woodcuts
Date:
1859-1934
Summary:
This 19th and 20th century ballooning memorabilia collection contains the following items, which have been meticulously inventoried: 112 stereoscopic photographs; 107 photographs; 84 postcards, trade cards, valentines, and similar items; 80 prints; and 23 miscellaneous items.
Scope and Contents:
The Krainik Ballooning Collection contains 112 stereoscopic photographs; 107 photographs; 84 postcards, trade cards, valentines, and similar items; 80 prints; and 23 miscellaneous items all pertaining to 19th and 20th century ballooning. Highlights of the stereoscopic photographs include: views of T.S.C. Lowe's balloons during the Civil War; views of the Nadar and Godard balloons; balloons during the Boer War, Russo-Japanese War, and WWI; and views of the airships Ganymede, Great Western, Phantom Balloons, Buffalo, Madame Carlotta, and The Aerial. The photographic portion of the collection features Matthew Brady's views of Lowe's balloons during the Civil War; views of the balloon Madam Carlotta before and during flights; smoke and gas balloon inflation and flights; and portraits of T.S.C. Lowe and other pioneers of ballooning.

The collection also contains lithographic cards printed in Germany, whimsical advertising trade cards incorporating popular ballooning motifs and events, and 19th century woodcut illustrations from various periodicals concerning all aspects of ballooning. Other items include a small broadside for the Grand Balloon Ascension of CARLOTTA and a contract for smoke balloon ascensions. A few non-archival items, such as medals for Lowe's balloon, City of New York, and Giffard's giant captive balloon, 1878, were accessioned with this collection and subsequently transferred to curatorial collections.

Note: The digital images in this finding aid were repurposed from scans made by an outside contractor for a commercial product and may show irregular cropping and orientation in addition to color variations resulting from damage to and deterioration of the original objects.
Arrangement note:
This collection has been arranged, first, in chronological order based on the Krainik inventory number that was assigned by the donor (K#), and then by size.
Biographical / Historical:
The Krainik Ballooning Collection was amassed by Clifford and Michele Krainik, experts in 19th and early 20th century historical photographs, negatives, and ephemera. This collection of 19th and 20th century ballooning memorabilia contains 112 stereoscopic photographs; 107 photographs; 84 postcards, trade cards, valentines, and similar items; 80 prints; and 23 miscellaneous items.
Provenance:
Clifford Krainik, Purchase, 1989, 1990-0009, NASM
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Topic:
Great Western (Airship)  Search this
Phantom Balloons (Airships)  Search this
Airships  Search this
World War, 1914-1918  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Madame Carlotta (Airship)  Search this
The Aerial (Airship)  Search this
Works of art  Search this
Russo-Japanese War, 1904-1905  Search this
South African War, 1899-1902  Search this
Buffalo (Airship)  Search this
Aeronautics -- 1903-1916  Search this
Aeronautics -- pre-1903  Search this
Ganymede (Airship)  Search this
Balloons  Search this
Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Communications  Search this
Balloons -- History  Search this
Balloons -- pre-1900  Search this
Spanish-American War, 1898  Search this
Genre/Form:
Stereoscopic photographs
Postcards
Photographs
Woodcuts
Citation:
Krainik Ballooning Collection, Acc. 1990-0009, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.1990.0009
See more items in:
Krainik Ballooning Collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-1990-0009
Online Media:

Mathew Brady and the image of history / Mary Panzer ; with an essay by Jeana K. Foley

Author:
Panzer, Mary  Search this
Foley, Jeana Kae  Search this
National Portrait Gallery (Smithsonian Institution)  Search this
Fogg Art Museum  Search this
International Center of Photography  Search this
Subject:
Brady, Mathew B. 1823 (ca.)-1896  Search this
Physical description:
xxiii, 232 p. : ill ; 29 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
1997
C1997
Civil War, 1861-1865
Topic:
Photographers--Biography  Search this
Portrait photography--History  Search this
History  Search this
Photography  Search this
Call number:
TR647.B812 P3 1997
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_522579

Joseph Henry

Author:
Brady, Mathew B. 1823 (ca.)-1896  Search this
Joseph Henry Papers Project  Search this
Subject:
Henry, Joseph 1797-1878  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1 ; Color: Sepia ; Size: 4.5w x 6.5h ; Type of Image: Portrait ; Medium: Card photograph
Type:
Card photograph
Date:
c. 1865
Topic:
Secretaries  Search this
Portraits  Search this
Standard number:
SIA2012-7654 or SIA2012-2690 or 44307 or MAH 44307
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_6949

George Perkins Marsh

Author:
Brady, Mathew B. 1823 (ca.)-1896  Search this
Subject:
Marsh, George Perkins 1801-1882  Search this
Board of Regents  Search this
United States Congress House  Search this
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 6.5x10; Type of Image: Portrait; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Place:
Vermont
Date:
1861
Topic:
Smithson Bequest  Search this
Regents  Search this
Portraits  Search this
Standard number:
2002-32243
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_9599

First NMAAHC Exhibit Opens at the National Portrait Gallery, Let Your Motto Be Resistance

Subject:
Brady, Mathew B. 1823 (ca.)-1896  Search this
Douglass, Frederick 1818-1895  Search this
Van Vechten, Carl 1880-1964  Search this
National Museum of African American History and Culture  Search this
National Portrait Gallery (U.S.)  Search this
Type:
Exhibit
Date:
October 17, 2007 - March 2, 2008
Topic:
Portraits  Search this
African Americans--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_14784

Brady's gallery & Barnum's world : photographs from the Frederick Hill Meserve Collection at the National Portrait Gallery

Author:
Brady, Mathew B. approximately 1823-1896  Search this
Barnum Museum (Bridgeport, Conn.)  Search this
National Portrait Gallery (Smithsonian Institution) Frederick Hill Meserve Collection  Search this
Subject:
Brady, Mathew B. 1823 (ca.)-1896  Search this
Barnum, P. T (Phineas Taylor) 1810-1891  Search this
Meserve, Frederick Hill 1865-1962 Photograph collections Exhibitions  Search this
National Portrait Gallery (Smithsonian Institution) Photograph collections Exhibitions  Search this
Physical description:
6 p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1989
C1989
Topic:
Portrait photography  Search this
Call number:
TR647.B812 B26 1989
TR647.B812B26 1989
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_416743

Mathew Brady : his life and photographs / George Sullivan

Author:
Sullivan, George 1927-  Search this
Subject:
Brady, Mathew B. 1823 (ca.)-1896 Juvenile literature  Search this
Physical description:
136 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Juvenile literature
Place:
United States
Date:
1994
C1994
Civil War, 1861-1865
Topic:
Photographers--Biography  Search this
Portrait photography--History--Juvenile literature  Search this
History  Search this
Photography  Search this
Juvenile literature  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_472682

Photographing history: Mathew Brady. Photos. from the Ansco Historical Collection, the Chicago Historical Society, and Kean Archives, Philadelphia

Author:
Komroff, Manuel 1890-1974  Search this
Subject:
Brady, Mathew B. 1823 (ca.)-1896 Juvenile literature  Search this
Physical description:
192 p. illus. 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1962
[1962]
Call number:
TR140.B7K6X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_255528

Matthew Brady Negatives Acquired

Subject:
Brady, Mathew B. 1823 (ca.)-1896  Search this
National Portrait Gallery (U.S.)  Search this
Date:
1981
Topic:
Accessions  Search this
Museums--Acquisitions  Search this
Art objects  Search this
Photography  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_1512

The Capital Image: Painters in Washington, 1800-1915

Co-author:
Cosentino, Andrew J  Search this
Glassie, Henry H  Search this
Subject:
Brady, Mathew B. 1823 (ca.)-1896  Search this
Brumidi, Constantino  Search this
Renwick, James 1818-1895  Search this
King, Charles Bird  Search this
Corcoran, W. W (William Wilson) 1798-1888  Search this
Stuart, Gilbert 1755-1828  Search this
National Museum of American Art (U.S.)  Search this
Renwick Gallery  Search this
Corcoran Gallery of Art  Search this
National Collection of Fine Arts  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Smithsonian American Art Museum  Search this
Physical description:
280 pages
Place:
Washington (D.C.)
Washington, D.C
United States
Date:
1983
19th century
Topic:
Painters--Biography  Search this
Painting  Search this
Painting, Modern  Search this
Art  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Biography  Search this
Art--History  Search this
Art objects  Search this
Exhibitions  Search this
Museums  Search this
Museum buildings  Search this
Photography--History  Search this
Publisher:
Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_3653

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