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Clonney, James Goodwyn 1812-1867

Collection Creator:
Richardson, Edgar Preston, 1902-1985  Search this
Richardson, Constance, 1905-  Search this
Container:
Box 19, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1943
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact References Services for more information.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Edgar P. Richardson papers, 1814-1996, bulk 1921-1996. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
E.P. (Edgar Preston) and Constance Richardson papers
E.P. (Edgar Preston) and Constance Richardson papers / Series 6: Artist-Subject files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-richedga-ref723

Victor D. Spark papers

Creator:
Spark, Victor D. (Victor David), 1898-1991  Search this
Names:
San Diego Arts Society  Search this
Berliner, Jacob, 1849-1918  Search this
Clonney, James Goodwyn, 1812-1867  Search this
Copley, John Singleton, 1738-1815  Search this
Engelhard, Charles W., Jr., 1917-1971  Search this
Frankenstein, Alfred V. (Alfred Victor), 1906-1981  Search this
Grigaut, Hubert L.  Search this
Hardy, Charlotte  Search this
Hardy, Jeremiah Pearson, 1800-1889  Search this
Heade, Martin Johnson, 1819-1904  Search this
Lehman, Robert, 1892-1969  Search this
Medina, Leon  Search this
Moran, Ruth B.  Search this
Moran, Thomas, 1837-1926  Search this
Peale, Rembrandt, 1778-1860  Search this
Prendergast, Maurice Brazil, 1858-1924  Search this
Shinn, Everett, 1876-1953  Search this
Sully, Thomas, 1783-1872  Search this
Extent:
22.2 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
circa 1830-1983
bulk 1930-1970
Summary:
The Victor D. Spark papers measure 22.2 linear feet and date from circa 1830 to 1983, with the bulk of the material from 1930 to 1970. The papers document Spark's career as a New York City art dealer and appraiser who was most active from World War II through the 1970s, focusing on Old Masters paintings and 19th and early 20th century American art. Found within the papers are biographical materials, artist files, client files, financial records, legal records, printed material, and photographs.
Scope and Contents:
The Victor D. Spark papers measure 22.2 linear feet and date from circa 1830 to 1983, with the bulk of the material from 1930 to 1970. The papers document Spark's career as a New York City art dealer and appraiser who was most active during World War II up through the 1970s with a focus on Old Masters paintings as well as 19th and early 20th century American art. Found within the papers are biographical materials, artist files, client files, financial records, legal records, printed material, and photographs.

Biographical materials contain greeting cards and post cards, annotated appointment calendars, miscellaneous notes and lists, and an apartment lease.

Artists' files include photographs of artwork, artist biographies, printed materials, and some correspondence with and about the artist. Many of the photographs are annotated. Files are found for Old Masters and American artists, including James G. Clonney, Jon Singleton Copley, Jeremiah P. Hardy, Martin Johnson Heade, Rembrandt Peale, Maurice Prendergast, Everett Shinn, Thomas Sully, and many others. There is also a letter written in 1924 by Ruth Moran along with a photograph of a painting by the artist Thomas Moran, signed by him on the verso.

Extensive client files include notes, correspondence, bills, receipts, and clippings regarding sales and appraisals. Spark's clients included museums, collectors, art dealers, most of which are represented in the files. Notable clients and colleagues include Jacob S. Berliner, Charles W. Engelhard, Alfred V. Frankenstein, Hubert L. Grigaut, Charlotte W. Hardy, Robert Lehman, and Leon Medina. There are also files for many universities, businesses, museums, and galleries.

Financial records comprise the largest series in the collection and include ledgers, stock books, consignment records, scattered banking records, bills, tax documents, auction price lists, check stubs, and cancelled checks.

A small amount of legal records document two legal cases: Rauch v. IRS and Kaufman v. Phoenix (Travelers) Insurance Company for which Spark provided testimony.

Printed materials include clippings, exhibition and auction catalogs, newsletters, bulletins, a membership roster for the San Diego Arts Society, and several 19th century printed items.

Two black and white photographs are of a steam locomotive and an unidentified portraitist in his studio.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged as 7 series.

Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1906, 1948-1981 (1.7 linear feet; Box 1-2)

Series 2: Artist Files, 1905-1983 (4 linear feet; Box 2-6, 22)

Series 3: Client Files, 1904, 1927-1981 (7.1 linear feet; Box 6-13)

Series 4: Financial Records, 1930-1981 (8.7 linear feet; Box 13-20, 22-29)

Series 5: Legal Records, 1970-1972 (0.2 linear feet; Box 20)

Series 6: Printed Materials, circa 1830-1872, 1948-1982 (0.2 linear feet; Box 20-22)

Series 7: Photographs, circa 1898-circa 1940 (0.1 linear feet; Box 21)
Biographical / Historical:
Victor D. Spark (1898-1991) was a prominent New York City appraiser and art dealer who specialized in Old Masters paintings as well as 19th and early 20th century art.

Spark was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1898. When he was two years old, the Spark family moved to Harlem. His father worked in the hotel business and owned hotels in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Europe. Spark briefly attended the City College of New York before transferring to New York University, where he studied for half a year, then enlisted in the Marines Corps during World War I and served overseas for 2 years. After his discharge, Spark returned to NYU where he majored in French, an interest he acquired during his military service. After graduation, Spark married Nina and went to Europe to help his father manage a summer hotel. There, he became interested in art.

Spark returned to the U.S., continuing to work for his father until 1929. Spark was involved with decorating and furnishing the hotels and often purchased antiques, artwork, and furniture, furthering his arts interests and knowledge. He began working in a gallery, acquiring works of art and dividing the sales profits with the gallery owners. Spark had no formal art education and his taste and eye for art was gained primarily through his travels in Europe. He also had a good business sense about what might sell for profit in the U.S.

Spark made frequent art buying trips across the United States to cities such as Boston and Philadelphia and returned to New York with paintings that he sold. Spark never owned a gallery, but he occasionally held exhibits, such as one titled "101 American Painters," inside the apartment. Although Spark specialized in 19th to early 20th century American art, he also sold European art work acquired during trips to Europe following World War II.

Spark continued his work selling paintings to museums, collectors, and other art dealers, until the 1970s. He was most active from the 1930s through World War II. As a prominent dealer for over four decades, Spark came to know many luminaries of the New York art scene, such as art dealer and gallery owner Edith Halpert. Spark died in 1991.
Related Materials:
The Archives of American Art also holds an oral history interview of Victor D. Spark conducted August 5, 1975 by Paul Cummings.

The National Gallery of Art maintains 12,000 photographs and negatives of artwork in their Victor D. Spark photograph collection.
Provenance:
The Victor D. Spark papers were acquired between 1954 and 1996. The first accession of 19th century printed materials and a letter by Ruth Moran was donated by Spark in 1954. The bulk of the collection was purchased jointly by the Archives of American Art and the National Gallery of Art at auction in July 1987. Subsequently, photographs of works of art documenting the collections of the National Gallery of Art were separated and retained by the National Gallery of Art. The papers remained at the Archives of American Art; three letters were later transferred to the Archives from the National Gallery of Art in 1996.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Victor D. Spark papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Occupation:
Art appraisers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Artists' studios -- Photographs  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Art, Modern -- 19th century -- United States  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art galleries, Commercial -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Art dealers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
Victor D. Spark papers, circa 1830-1983, bulk 1930-1970. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.sparvict
See more items in:
Victor D. Spark papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-sparvict
Online Media:

James Goodwyn Clonney: artist file, [photographs]

Artist:
Clonney, James Goodwyn 1812-1867  Search this
Physical description:
1 folder
Type:
Photograph
Artist files
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Image number:
VFM VF000628
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_137807

Six Sketches of Genre Scenes including a Barking Dog (Studies for Militia Training, 1841, oil on canvas, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts), (painting)

Painter:
Clonney, James Goodwyn 1812-1867  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor on paper
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
National Gallery of Art Fourth Street & Constitution Avenue, N.W Washington District of Columbia 20565
Date:
Ca. 1841
Topic:
Animal--Dog  Search this
Figure group--Male  Search this
Occupation--Military--Soldier  Search this
Study  Search this
Control number:
IAP 08260952
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_459954

Recto: Polling a Soldier (painting)

Painter:
Clonney, James Goodwyn 1812-1867  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor on paper
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
National Gallery of Art Fourth Street & Constitution Avenue, N.W Washington District of Columbia 20565
Date:
Ca. 1841
Topic:
Figure male  Search this
Occupation--Military--Soldier  Search this
Control number:
IAP 08260953
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_459955

Verso: Polling a Soldier (reverse of recto scene, study for Militia Training, 1841, oil on canvas, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts), (painting)

Painter:
Clonney, James Goodwyn 1812-1867  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor on paper
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
National Gallery of Art Fourth Street & Constitution Avenue, N.W Washington District of Columbia 20565
Date:
Ca. 1841
Topic:
Figure group--Male  Search this
Occupation--Military--Soldier  Search this
Control number:
IAP 08260954
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_459956

Portrait of a Man, (painting)

Painter:
Clonney, James Goodwyn 1812-1867  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor on paper
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
National Gallery of Art Fourth Street & Constitution Avenue, N.W Washington District of Columbia 20565
Date:
Ca. 1835-1840
Topic:
Portrait male  Search this
Control number:
IAP 08260955
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_459957

Black Man at a Doorway, (painting)

Painter:
Clonney, James Goodwyn 1812-1867  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor on paper
Culture:
African American  Search this
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
National Gallery of Art Fourth Street & Constitution Avenue, N.W Washington District of Columbia 20565
Date:
Ca. 1840-1850
Topic:
Portrait male  Search this
Ethnic  Search this
Architecture exterior--Detail--Door  Search this
Control number:
IAP 08260956
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_459958

Possibly an Illustration for Bride of Lammermoor by Sir Walter Scott, (painting)

Painter:
Clonney, James Goodwyn 1812-1867  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor on paper
Type:
Paintings
Paintings-Illustration
Owner/Location:
National Gallery of Art Fourth Street & Constitution Avenue, N.W Washington District of Columbia 20565
Date:
Ca. 1830-1840
Topic:
Literature--Scott--Bride of Lammermoor  Search this
Control number:
IAP 08260957
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_459959

Illustration for Bride of Lammermoor by Sir Walter Scott, (painting)

Painter:
Clonney, James Goodwyn 1812-1867  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor on paper
Type:
Paintings
Paintings-Illustration
Owner/Location:
National Gallery of Art Fourth Street & Constitution Avenue, N.W Washington District of Columbia 20565
Date:
Ca. 1830-1840
Topic:
Literature--Scott--Bride of Lammermoor  Search this
Control number:
IAP 08260958
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_459960

Boy Fishing, (painting)

Painter:
Clonney, James Goodwyn 1812-1867  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Culture:
African American  Search this
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Gulf States Paper Corporation Warner Collection 1400 River Road, N.E., P. O. Box 48999 Tuscaloosa Alabama 35404
Date:
1845
Topic:
Children  Search this
Ethnic  Search this
Recreation--Sport & Play--Fishing  Search this
Landscape--Water  Search this
Object--Fruit--Apple  Search this
Animal--Fish  Search this
Control number:
IAP 63490229
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_347318

A Visit from Grandfather, (painting)

Painter:
Clonney, James Goodwyn 1812-1867  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Los Angeles County Museum of Art 5905 Wilshire Boulevard Los Angeles California 90036 Accession Number: AC1994.202.1
Date:
Ca. 1850
Topic:
Figure male--Elderly  Search this
Control number:
IAP 02960350
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_353815

The Good Breakfast, (painting)

Painter:
Clonney, James Goodwyn 1812-1867  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Date:
1852
Topic:
Architecture interior--Domestic  Search this
Recreation--Leisure--Eating & Drinking  Search this
Control number:
IAP 83150019
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_203178

Interior, (painting)

Painter:
Clonney, James Goodwyn 1812-1867  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Type:
Paintings
Date:
Ca. 1850
Topic:
Architecture interior--Domestic  Search this
Control number:
IAP 83260001
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_204312

Which Way Shall We Go?, (painting)

Painter:
Clonney, James Goodwyn 1812-1867  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Type:
Paintings
Date:
1850
Topic:
Genre  Search this
Control number:
IAP 86370241
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_209582

Mexican News, Preliminary Study, (painting)

Painter:
Clonney, James Goodwyn 1812-1867  Search this
Medium:
Mixed
Culture:
Mexican  Search this
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute Museum of Art 310 Genesee Street Utica New York 13502
Date:
Ca. 1847
Topic:
Figure group  Search this
Ethnic  Search this
Study  Search this
Control number:
IAP 85300019
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_228148

Fishing Party on Long Island Sound Off New Rochelle, (painting)

Painter:
Clonney, James Goodwyn 1812-1867  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Thyssen Bornemisza Museum Villahermosa Palace, Paseo del Prado, 8 Madrid Spain
Date:
1847
Topic:
Waterscape--Boat  Search this
Recreation--Sport & Play--Fishing  Search this
Waterscape--Sound--Long Island Sound  Search this
Landscape--New York--New Rochelle  Search this
Figure group  Search this
Control number:
IAP 86380010
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_233527

In the Woodshed, (painting)

Painter:
Clonney, James Goodwyn 1812-1867  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Culture:
African American  Search this
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Museum of Fine Arts 465 Huntington Avenue Boston Massachusetts 02115 Accession Number: 47.1193
Date:
1838
Topic:
Figure group  Search this
Ethnic  Search this
Architecture interior--Farm--Barn  Search this
Occupation--Farm--Farmer  Search this
Control number:
IAP 20490226
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_264017

In the Cornfield, (painting)

Painter:
Clonney, James Goodwyn 1812-1867  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Culture:
African American  Search this
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Museum of Fine Arts 465 Huntington Avenue Boston Massachusetts 02115 Accession Number: 47.1263
Date:
1844
Topic:
Occupation--Farm  Search this
Figure group--Male  Search this
Occupation--Farm--Farmer  Search this
Landscape--Farm  Search this
Ethnic  Search this
Equestrian  Search this
Object--Tool--Plow  Search this
Control number:
IAP 20490227
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_264018

The Sleigh Ride, (painting)

Painter:
Clonney, James Goodwyn 1812-1867  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Museum of Fine Arts 465 Huntington Avenue Boston Massachusetts 02115 Accession Number: 48.417
Date:
Ca. 1845
Topic:
Children  Search this
Landscape--Season--Winter  Search this
Landscape--Weather--Snow  Search this
Animal--Dog  Search this
Architecture--Vehicle--Sleigh  Search this
Control number:
IAP 20490228
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_264019

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