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Mary K. McGuigan and John F. McGuigan Jr. artists' letters collection

Creator:
McGuigan, Mary K.  Search this
Names:
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts  Search this
Beard, W. H. (William Holbrook), 1824-1900  Search this
Bierstadt, Albert, 1830-1902  Search this
Boughton, George Henry, 1834-1905  Search this
Carey, Mathew, 1760-1839  Search this
Church, Frederic Edwin, 1826-1900  Search this
Colman, Samuel, 1832-1920  Search this
Copley, John Singleton, 1738-1815  Search this
Cropsey, Jasper Francis, 1823-1900  Search this
Darley, Felix Octavius Carr, 1822-1888  Search this
French, Daniel Chester, 1850-1931  Search this
Greenough, Horatio, 1805-1852  Search this
Harding, Chester, 1792-1866  Search this
Hassam, Childe, 1859-1935  Search this
Inman, Henry, 1801-1846  Search this
Inness, George, 1825-1894  Search this
McGuigan, John F., Jr. (John Fuller)  Search this
Morse, Samuel Finley Breese, 1791-1872  Search this
Neagle, John, 1796-1865  Search this
Palmer, Erastus Dow, 1817-1904  Search this
Peale, Rembrandt, 1778-1860  Search this
Peale, Rubens, 1784-1865  Search this
Tanner, Henry Ossawa, 1859-1937  Search this
Thayer, Abbott Handerson, 1849-1921  Search this
White, Stanford, 1853-1906  Search this
Whittredge, Worthington, 1820-1910  Search this
Extent:
0.6 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1794-1938
Summary:
The collection of artists' letters compiled by Mary and John McGuigan Jr. measure 0.6 linear feet and date from 1794-1938. The collection is comprised of a group of letters, writings, and signed documents to and from a variety of artists, art administrators, art critics, historians, and art-related organizations assembled from multiple sources. It also includes associated printed material with some documents and a few photographs, including carte de visites and cabinet cards.
Scope and Contents:
The collection of artists' letters compiled by Mary and John McGuigan Jr. measure 0.6 linear feet and date from 1794-1938. The collection is comprised of a group of letters, writings, and signed documents to and from a variety of artists, art administrators, art critics, historians, and art-related organizations assembled from multiple sources. It also includes associated printed material with some documents and a few photographs, including carte de visites and cabinet cards.

Item descriptions included in the container listing were provided by Mary and John McGuigan and illuminate the wide range of artists and types of material represented in the collection. While some of the letters document routine transactions such as responses to requests for information, and transmittals of autographs, others document specific artist commissions and projects, exhibition and financial arrangements, business relationships, family events, and travels. The collection includes documentation of portrait painters, including Chester Harding and Rembrandt Peale; nineteenth century landscape artists and artists of the Hudson River School including Albert Bierstadt, George Henry Boughton, Samuel Colman, Jasper Francis Cropsey, and George Inness; sculptors including Daniel Chester French whose letters include sixty-three letters to Charles Dupuy, the caretaker of French's summer home in Massachusetts; publishers such as Mathew Carey, in letters from John Neagle; and the activities of arts institutions such as the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

In addition to those mentioned above, letters and signed documents are from Washington Allston, William Holbrook Beard, Eugene Benson, William Tilden Blodgett, Jr., James Renwick Brevoort, Frederic Edwin Church, James Claghorn, John Singleton Copley, Kenyon Cox, F.O.C. Darley, Joseph DeCamp, Frank Duveneck, John Mackie Falconer, Horatio Greenough, Childe Hassam, Ignaz Michael Marcel Gaugengigl, George Healy, George Hollingsworth, William Morris Hunt, Daniel Huntington, Anna Vaughn Hyatt Huntington, Henry Inman, Hugh Bolton Jones, Thomas Dow Jones, Louis Ashton Knight, Charles Robert Leslie, Will Low, Frederick William MacMonnies, Frank Blackwell Mayer, Samuel F. B. Morse, Erastus Dow Palmer, Rubens Peale, Elizabeth Robins Pennell, Tobias (Toby) Edward Rosenthal, John Singer Sargent, George Henry Smillie, Marie Spartali Stillman, William James Stillman, Henry Ossawa Tanner, Abbott Handerson Thayer, Charles Yardley Turner, Stephen Arnold Douglas Volk, William Walcutt, Henry Antonio Wenzler, Benjamin West, Stanford White, Worthington Whittredge, and others.

The collection also includes a friendship album belonging to William Tilden Blodgett, Jr., with poems, sketches, and botanical watercolors, eight photographs including carte de visites and cabinet cards with images of George Hollingsworth, Thomas Dow Jones, Louis Ashton Knight, Henry Antonio Wenzler, and William Walcutt, and two photographs of a model used by Francis Blackwell Mayer when painting The Burning of the Peggy Stewart.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 1 series.
Biographical / Historical:
Mary K. McGuigan and John F. McGuigan Jr. are art historians and collectors in Milford, Pennsylvania.
Provenance:
John F. McGuigan Jr. and Mary K. McGuigan purchased these letters and generously donated them to the Archives of American Art between 2000 and 2019. The McGuigans have purchased and donated additional archival materials to the Archives, including a portion of the Douglas Volk and Leonard Wells Volk papers. In 2017 the McGuigans donated an addition to the Sylvester Rosa Koehler papers, including sixty-nine letters from A. Barry, Truman Howe Bartlett, William Merritt Chase, Timothy Cole, Edward Henry Clement, Cyrus Edwin Dallin, Robert Swain Gifford, George Inness, Anna Lea Merritt, Stephen Parrish, John Sartain, Francis Hopkinson Smith, and Frederic Porter Vinton.
Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
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.
Occupation:
Arts administrators  Search this
Art critics  Search this
Artists  Search this
Historians  Search this
Citation:
Mary K. McGuigan and John F. McGuigan Jr. artists' letters collection, 1794-1983. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.mcgumary
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Mary K. McGuigan and John F. McGuigan Jr. artists' letters collection
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-mcgumary

Selected art related documents from the Lea & Febiger records

Creator:
Lea & Febiger  Search this
Names:
Adams, Samuel, 1722-1803  Search this
Carey, Henry Charles, 1793-1879  Search this
Carey, Mathew, 1760-1839  Search this
West, Benjamin, 1738-1820  Search this
West, Samuel, 1738-1808  Search this
Extent:
2 Items ((on 2 fr. of microfilm))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1788-1820
Scope and Contents:
Letter from Benjamin West to Samuel Adams, May 12, 1788, about Mathew(?) Carey, and a letter from Samuel West to Henry Carey, 1820, about Benjamin West.
Biographical / Historical:
Publishing Co., Philadelphia, Pa.
Provenance:
Microfilmed by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania for the Archives of American Art, 1955.
Restrictions:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Identifier:
AAA.leafebig
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-leafebig

Selected papers from the Edward Carey Gardiner Collection

Creator:
Gardiner, Edward Carey, ca. 1879-1945  Search this
Names:
Pennington family  Search this
Baird, Henry Carey, 1825-1912  Search this
Carey, Henry Charles, 1793-1879  Search this
Carey, Mathew, 1760-1839  Search this
Darley, Felix Octavius Carr, 1822-1888  Search this
Duval, Peter S., 1804 or 5-1886  Search this
Huntington, Daniel, 1816-1906  Search this
Leslie, Charles Robert, 1794-1859  Search this
Mason, William, fl. 1808-1844  Search this
Page, William, 1811-1885  Search this
Peale, Rembrandt, 1778-1860  Search this
Read, Thomas Buchanan, 1822-1872  Search this
Sartain, John, 1808-1897  Search this
Sully, Thomas, 1783-1872  Search this
Tanner, Benjamin, 1775-1848  Search this
Thorpe, Thomas Bangs, 1815-1878  Search this
Extent:
Partial microfilm reel.
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1794-1872
Scope and Contents:
Selected papers from the Carey and Pennington family papers, and the Henry Carey Baird papers, relating to art, artists, engraving and publishing.
Included are: nine letters from Benjamin Tanner to Mathew Carey, Mar.12, 1794-Dec. 3, 1794, about engraving maps of China and Russia from copper plates for Carey; letters to Henry C. Carey from Thomas Buchanan Read, 1856, inviting Carey to spend an evening with him to meet Frank Goodrich, Paris correspondent of the New York Times; from Rembrandt Peale, 1859, announcing an exhibition of his paintings at his home with a view of disposing of them; from D.H. Mason, 1872, regarding an exchange of portraits and other subjects; from Charles Robert Leslie, 1834-1859 (7 items), about Leslie's position as Drawing Master at West Point, a proposed visit to England, Leslie's opinion of Paris, and other subjects;
from Daniel Huntington, 1850-1870 (5 items), concerning borrowing a printing copies of Carey's paintings; from Thomas Sully, 1862, thanking Carey for his approval of Sully's son's conduct as a soldier; and three receipts to Carey for subscriptions to the Sully Fund for the years 1868, 1869, and 1871, signed by James Claghorn, Treasurer. Edward L. Carey papers include a letter from F.O.C. Darley, April 21, 1845, about designs for "Simon Luggs"; from William Page, Mar. 17, 1843, wishing to exhibit "Young Traders" at the National Academy; and from John Cheney, Nov. 18, 1843, about his brother and the artist Daniel Huntington; an account of Powers' bust of Proserpine once owned by Carey; and a resoultion of the National Academy of Design regarding the death of Carey, June 23, 1845.
Items selected from the Henry Carey Baird papers include: copyright papers and letters to Baird, 1845-1855, relating to the publication of Thomas Bangs Thorpe's book The Mysteries of the Backwoods; two letters from Thomas Sully, July 6, 1856, reminding Baird of the portrait, and Dec. 2, 1857, regarding Baird's paper on the "money panic"; a letter from John Sartain, May 24, 1850, ordering 75 cuts of flowers for some books being prepared; from John Rogers, Nov. 28, 1872, about Carey's "Unity of Law"; from William Mason, June 5, 1851, concerning some drawings of Mason's spinning machine; from Daniel Huntington, May 22 and July 27, 1850 about two paintings loaned by Carey and the delay in returning them; and a letter from P.S. Duval, Jan. 5, 1852, about drawings of 8 plates of flowers, done to test lithography for that type of work.
Two items from the Pennington family section include a clipping of "Penn's Treaty with the Indians" by Benjamin West, owned by Henry Pennington; and a letter to John Pennington from G. McMurtrie, 1853, regarding Thomas Sully.
Biographical / Historical:
Carey, Baird and Pennington families were prominent in publishing, politics, and cultural and economic affairs of Pennsylvania.
Provenance:
Microfilmed by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania for the Archives of American Art, 1955.
Restrictions:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Identifier:
AAA.gardedwa
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-gardedwa

Alexander Hamilton's report on the subject of manufactures, made in his capacity of Secretary of the Treasury on the fifth of December, 1791

Title:
Alexander Hamilton's report on manufactures
Report on the subject of manufactures, made in his capacity of secretary of the Treasury
Author:
United States Department of the Treasury  Search this
Carey, Mathew 1760-1839  Search this
United States Department of the Treasury  Search this
Physical description:
[3], 4-80 pages 21 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1827
Topic:
Manufactures  Search this
Manufacturing industries  Search this
Protectionism--Protection  Search this
Tariff  Search this
Call number:
HD9720.6 .U55 1827
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1024394

The general atlas for Carey's edition of Guthrie's Geography improved. [cartographic material]

Title:
Carey's general atlas
Guthries' Geography DSI
Author:
Carey, Mathew 1760-1839  Search this
Guthrie, William 1708-1770  Search this
Lewis, Samuel 1753 or 4-1822  Search this
Barker, W (William) active 1795-1803  Search this
Scott, Joseph  Search this
Physical description:
1 atlas ([45] double leaves (some folded)) : maps ; 44 cm
Type:
Cartographic materials
Early works to 1800
Maps
Place:
United States
Date:
1795
[1795?]
Topic:
Atlases  Search this
Geography, Ancient  Search this
Call number:
G1015 .C37 1795
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_760014

The Porcupiniad: a Hudibrastic poem. In four cantos. Addressed to William Cobbett, by Mathew Carey

Author:
Carey, Mathew 1760-1839  Search this
Subject:
Cobett, William 1762-1835  Search this
Physical description:
2 v. fronts. 23 cm. (v. 2, 21 cm.)
Type:
Books
Date:
1799
Call number:
E321 .C67Z
mfm 694
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_327666

The American museum; [microform] or, Universal magazine

Author:
Carey, Mathew 1760-1839  Search this
Physical description:
2 reels. 35 mm
Type:
Microforms
Date:
1787
1792
Call number:
mfm272
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_101006

The olive branch; or, faults on both sides, Federal and Democratic. A serious appeal on the necessity of mutual forgiveness and harmony

Author:
Carey, Mathew 1760-1839  Search this
Physical description:
506 p. 23 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1969
1818
1809-1817
War of 1812
Topic:
Political parties  Search this
Politics and government  Search this
History  Search this
Causes  Search this
Call number:
E357 .C27 1969X
E357.C27 1969X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_11441

Letters on the Colonization Society : with a view of its probable results ... addressed to C. F. Mercer / By M. Carey ..

Author:
Carey, Mathew 1760-1839  Search this
Subject:
American Colonization Society  Search this
Physical description:
iv, [5]-32 p. : front., map. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Africa
Liberia
Date:
1832
Topic:
Blacks--Colonization  Search this
Call number:
E448 .C27 1832
E448.C27 1832
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_78235

One hundred and fifty years of publishing, 1785-1935

Author:
Lea and Febiger, Philadelphia  Search this
Subject:
Carey, Mathew 1760-1839  Search this
Physical description:
42 p. illus., ports., facsim. 21 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1935
Topic:
Publishers and publishing  Search this
Call number:
Z473 .L45 1935X
Z473.L45 1935X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_85828

Addresses of the Philadelphia Society for the promotion of national industry

Author:
Carey, Mathew 1760-1839  Search this
Jackson, Samuel, 1790-1872  Search this
Philadelphia Society for the Promotion of National Industry  Search this
Physical description:
xvi, [9]-280 p. 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1819
Topic:
Tariff  Search this
Protectionism  Search this
Call number:
HF1754.C227
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_93359

The bookrunner : a history of inter-American relations : print, politics, and commerce in the United States and Mexico, 1800-1830 / Nancy Vogeley

Author:
Vogeley, Nancy J  Search this
Subject:
Carey, Mathew 1760-1839  Search this
Carey, Mathew 1760-1839  Search this
Physical description:
viii, 341 p. : ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Sources
Correspondence
Place:
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
United States
Mexico
Date:
2011
19th century
Topic:
Booksellers and bookselling--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_970884

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