Letters to Ives, 1838-1883, including a letter from C.D. Roberts, November 29, 1838, expressing satisfaction with Ives's statue of "Kitty" and reminding him of a second statue titled "Undine"; a letter, October 20, 1847, from Horace Bushnell concerning the reception given Ives's bust of President Day; a letter, February 23, 1849, from Charles Chauncey advising Ives to remain abroad; a letter, October 17, 1860, from Harriet Beecher Stowe relating activities while visiting friends in Peekskill and Brooklyn; a letter, March 6, 1862, from Mary Caroline Allan mentioning American visitors to Rome who have solicited letters of introduction to Ives and giving news of mutual acquaintances, including sculptor Joel Tanner Hart; and a letter, August 8, 1883, from Caroline Tilton.
Also included is an undated letter from John Singer Sargent to his uncle. Sargent gives the address of his new studio in New York City and writes of his father's health.
Biographical / Historical:
Ives was an American sculptor in Rome.
Donated 1965 by Mrs. E. Bartholet. Relationship to Chauncey Ives is not known.
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United States of America -- Connecticut -- Hartford County -- Hartford
Scope and Contents note:
The folder includes a catalog sheet.
The two images consist of views of the park and the State Capitol. The Park, approved in 1854, became the country's first planned park financed with public money. The idea was developed through the efforts of Reverend Horace Bushnell. The park, however, was not built until six years later. Bushnell's neighbor and friend, Frederick Law Olmsted, was busy with Central Park in New York, but suggested Jacob Weidenmann as the landscape architect. Weidenmann's 1861 plan focused on informal gardens and walks using plant groupings to screen city buildings and industry. Architectural features, such as the Civil War Memorial Arch (1886), the Capitol (1876), Corning Fountain (1899), the Carousel (1974) and the Performance Pavilion (1995) were added. In the 1940's the Park River was buried and its bridges were demolished. A major transformation in the park occurred at this time when the firm of Olmsted and Olmsted of Brookline, Massachusettes was retained to assist the city in redesigning the Park.
Persons associated with the property and garden include: Jacob Weidenmann (landscape architect, 1861); The Olmsted Firm (landscape architects); and Rev. Horace Bushnell (developer).
Records related to this site can be found at the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, Olmsted Job Number 00801, Bushnell Park.
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