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Atherton Curtis

Subject:
Curtis, Atherton  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1902
Topic:
Portrait photography  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)17579
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Henry Ossawa Tanner papers, 1860s-1978, bulk 1890-1937
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Archives of American Art
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Portrait of Atherton Curtis

Photographer:
Gilbert, Jean  Search this
Gilbert, Jean  Search this
Subject:
Curtis, Atherton  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
circa 1895-1935
Topic:
Portrait photography  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)17580
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Henry Ossawa Tanner papers, 1860s-1978, bulk 1890-1937
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Archives of American Art
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Atherton Curtis

Photographer:
Ellis, Harry C., 1857-1926  Search this
Ellis, Harry C., 1857-1926  Search this
Subject:
Curtis, Atherton  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
circa 1895-1935
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)17581
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Henry Ossawa Tanner papers, 1860s-1978, bulk 1890-1937
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Archives of American Art
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Henry Ossawa Tanner papers, 1860s-1978, bulk 1890-1937

Creator:
Tanner, Henry Ossawa, 1859-1937  Search this
Tanner, Henry Ossawa, 1859-1937  Search this
Subject:
Carpenter, J.S.  Search this
Taverty, J.J.  Search this
Curtis, Atherton  Search this
Tanner, Jessie O.  Search this
Tanner, Jesse O.  Search this
Académie Julian  Search this
Art Institute of Chicago  Search this
Grand Central Art Galleries  Search this
Old American Art Club (Paris, France)  Search this
Type:
Sketches
Photographs
Topic:
Expatriate painters -- France -- Paris  Search this
Art -- Economic aspects  Search this
African American artists  Search this
Theme:
African American  Search this
American Art and Artists in a Global Context  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9229
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211424
AAA_collcode_tannhenr
Theme:
African American
American Art and Artists in a Global Context
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211424
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Portrait of Mr. and Mrs. Atherton Curtis with Still Life

Artist:
Henry Ossawa Tanner, born Pittsburgh, PA 1859-died Paris, France 1937  Search this
Sitter:
Mrs. Atherton Curtis  Search this
Atherton Curtis  Search this
Medium:
oil on plywood
Dimensions:
26 5/8 x 28 7/8 in. (67.6 x 73.3cm.)
Type:
Painting
Date:
n.d.
Topic:
Portrait female\bust  Search this
Portrait male\bust  Search this
Object\fruit  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Robbins
Object number:
1983.95.192
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Painting and Sculpture
On View:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 11B
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk78ea67481-4088-412e-acde-1ff295bf6cbb
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1983.95.192

Study for Portrait of Mrs. Atherton Curtis

Artist:
Henry Ossawa Tanner, born Pittsburgh, PA 1859-died Paris, France 1937  Search this
Sitter:
Mrs. Atherton Curtis  Search this
Medium:
charcoal and pastel on paper mounted on paperboard
Dimensions:
sheet: 18 3/4 x 20 in. (47.6 x 50.8 cm)
Type:
Drawing
Date:
n.d.
Topic:
Study  Search this
Portrait female\bust  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Robbins
Object number:
1983.95.33
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk773386c81-dbcd-4a0a-b808-d739b15aed40
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1983.95.33

Portrait of Mr. and Mrs. Atherton Curtis With Still Life

Artist:
Henry Ossawa Tanner, 21 Jun 1859 - 25 May 1937  Search this
Sitter:
Atherton Curtis  Search this
Ingeborg Curtis  Search this
Medium:
Oil on plywood
Dimensions:
67.7 x 73.2 cm (26 5/8 x 28 13/16" ), Estimate
Type:
Painting
Topic:
Atherton Curtis: Male  Search this
Ingeborg Curtis: Female  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Smithsonian American Art Museum
Object number:
1983.95.192 NMAA
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4df17c268-eb45-407e-a6c4-ed8151b3fdea
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_1983.95.192_NMAA

Curtis, Atherton & Ingeborg

Collection Creator:
Tanner, Henry Ossawa, 1859-1937  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 21
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1904-1937
Collection Restrictions:
The collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website.
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:
Henry Ossawa Tanner papers, 1860s-1978 (bulk 1890-1937). Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Henry Ossawa Tanner papers
Henry Ossawa Tanner papers / Series 2: Correspondence
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Archives of American Art
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ead_component:sova-aaa-tannhenr-ref40

Henry Ossawa Tanner papers

Creator:
Tanner, Henry Ossawa, 1859-1937  Search this
Names:
Académie Julian  Search this
Art Institute of Chicago  Search this
Grand Central Art Galleries  Search this
Old American Art Club (Paris, France)  Search this
Carpenter, J.S.  Search this
Curtis, Atherton  Search this
Tanner, Jesse O., 1903-  Search this
Tanner, Jessie O., 1873-1925  Search this
Taverty, J.J.  Search this
Extent:
2.3 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sketches
Photographs
Date:
1860s-1978
bulk 1890-1937
Summary:
The papers of the expatriate African American painter Henry Ossawa Tanner measure 2.3 linear feet and date from the 1860s to 1978, with the bulk of the material dating from 1890 to 1937. Found in the papers are scattered biographical, family, and legal materials; twenty-seven folders of correspondence with family, friends, patrons, and galleries; writings and notes by Tanner and others; a small amount of printed material; numerous photographs of Tanner, his studio in Paris and home in Trepied, Normandy, his family, friends, fellow artists, and his artwork. Additional photographs include a circa 1890 shot of Tanner with fellow students at the Académie Julian and another depicting Tanner with members of the American Art Club in Paris, circa 1900. Also found are a few sketches and drawings.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of the expatriate African American painter Henry Ossawa Tanner measure 2.3 linear feet and date from the 1860s to 1978, with the bulk of the material dating from 1890 to 1937. Found in the papers are scattered biographical, family, and legal materials; twenty-seven folders of correspondence with family, friends, patrons, and galleries; writings and notes by Tanner and others; a small amount of printed material; numerous photographs of Tanner, his family, friends, his artwork, and the galleries at the Chicago Art Institute; and a few sketches and drawings.

Biographical material contains identification documents, awards, family and personal bibles, scattered records of his membership in the Societe Artistique de Picardie and the American Expeditionary Forces, address books, family history, a file concerning a lawsuit against the Bethel A.M.E. Church, and a few records documenting the sale of his artwork. Tanner's personal and professional correspondence is with his wife Jessie, his family, friends, patrons, art galleries, and others. Letters are from various family members, his closest friend Atherton Curtis and his wife Ingeborg, friend J.S. Carpenter who was president of the Des Moines Association of Fine Arts and arranged for sales of Tanner's work in the mid-west, Grand Central Art Galleries in New York, and J.J. Taverty who purchased Tanner's work for the High Museum in Atlanta. Topics of note covered in the correspondence include the sale and exhibition of his artwork and his work for the Red Cross.

Writings and Notes by Tanner include two small notebooks, one of which he kept during his travels in Europe and Palestine in 1897. Also found are his scattered loose writings, jottings, and other notes on various subjects, including autobiographical notes. Writings by others include notes and an essay by his wife Jessie, and a manuscript, "The Life and Works of Henry O. Tanner," by his son Jesse. Printed Materials document Tanner's career and other interests through exhibition announcements, news clippings, printed reproductions of artwork, a published autobiographical essay, and other miscellaneous items. The collection includes numerous photographs of Tanner, family and friends, his studio in Paris, his home in Trepied and in Spain, travels, and artwork. Additional photographs include a circa 1890 shot of Tanner with students at the Académie Julian and another depicting Tanner with members of the American Art Club in Paris, circa 1900. Artwork consists of an ink drawing of a Paris studio and pencil sketches by Tanner.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into 6 series:

Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1890-1937 (Box 1, 4, OV 5; 0.8 linear feet)

Series 2: Correspondence, circa 1890-1978 (Box 1, OV 5; 0.6 linear feet)

Series 3: Writings and Notes, 1897-circa 1950s (Box 1-2, OV 5; 9 folders)

Series 4: Printed Material, 1897-1975 (Box 2, OV 5; 9 folders)

Series 5: Photographs, 1860s-1943 (Box 3, OV 5; 0.4 linear feet)

Series 6: Artwork, 1891-1893 (Box 3; 2 folders)
Biographical Note:
African American painter Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859-1937) was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Benjamin Tucker Tanner, a college-educated teacher and minister, and Sarah Miller Tanner, a former slave. Benjamin Tanner was very active in the African Methodist Episcopal (A. M. E.) Church, eventually becoming a bishop, and the family often moved while Henry was a small child. They settled in Philadelphia, and as a teenager, Tanner spent his free time painting, drawing, and visiting art galleries. In 1880 he enrolled in the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where he studied under several master art instructors, including Thomas Eakins who greatly influenced his early work.

Tanner moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1888 and opened a photography gallery which was not very successful. After teaching briefly at Clark College, a sponsorship from his patrons Bishop and Mrs. Joseph Crane Hartzell allowed him to travel to Europe in 1891 and study at the Académie Julian in Paris. There he was taught by Jean Joseph Benjamin-Constant and Jean-Paul Laurens. After returning to Philadelphia in late 1892, he painted many works depicting African American subjects, including The Banjo Lesson (1893). He returned to Paris in 1894. There, his work began to receive favorable reviews, particularly at the Paris Solon for his biblical scenes. Tanner began to specialize in painting bible imagery and scenes, and traveled to Palestine in 1897 and 1898 and later to Morocco to study costumes, customs, and cityscapes.

In 1899 Tanner married Jessie Macauley Olssen, a young woman from San Francisco living in Paris. Also around this time reproductions of his artwork were published in a few popular American magazines, and Tanner began to receive praise for his artwork in the United States. Tanner, however, objected to being labeled as "Negro artist". Despite their misgivings, the couple moved back to the United States for a short time. Their son, Jesee Ossawa Tanner was born in 1903. One year later Tanner and his wife returned to Paris and made it their lifelong permanent home, only occasionally visiting the United States for exhibitions of his work. They also maintained a leisure farm in Trepied, Normandy.

Tanner continued to exhibit his work in Paris, develop his painting technique and imagery, and travel, becoming friends with many artists throughout Europe. In 1913 he became president of the Societe Artistique de Picardie and during World War I he worked for the American Red Cross in France. In 1923 he was made a chevalier of the Legion of Honor in France for his work as an artist. Tanner became affiliated with Grand Central Art Galleries and other dealers in the United States and had great success there during the 1920s. When Jessie Tanner died in 1925 Henry was grief stricken and remained in poor health for the remainder of his life. He continued to paint occasionally until his death in 1937.
Related Material:
Also found at the Archives of American Art are the Marcia M. Mathews papers relating to Henry Ossawa Tanner, 1937-1969, available on microfilm reels 64 and 3268. Archives of American Art microfilm reel 4399 contains the Alexander family papers relating to Henry Ossawa Tanner, 1912-1985, the originals of which are housed in the University of Pennsylvania Archives. Microfilm reel 4397 is a copy of the the Henry O. Tanner letters to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1885-1909, loaned for microfilming by the Academy.
Provenance:
The Henry Ossawa Tanner papers were donated in several increments by his son, Jesse O. Tanner, between 1967 to 1978. Additional papers were donated by Jesse O. Tanner through Marcia M. Mathews, who was in possession of Tanner's papers to write Tanner's biography. Four medals were transferred to the Archives from the National Museum of African Art.
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.
Occupation:
Painters -- France -- Paris  Search this
Painters -- United States  Search this
Topic:
Expatriate painters -- France -- Paris  Search this
Art -- Economic aspects  Search this
African American artists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sketches
Photographs
Citation:
Henry Ossawa Tanner papers, 1860s-1978 (bulk 1890-1937). Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.tannhenr
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Henry Ossawa Tanner papers
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Archives of American Art
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ead_collection:sova-aaa-tannhenr
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How prints are made / by Atherton Curtis

Author:
Curtis, Atherton  Search this
Physical description:
29 p. ; 14 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1911
Topic:
Engraving  Search this
Prints--Technique  Search this
Call number:
NE850 .C87 1911
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_526751

Catalogue de l'oeuvre lithographié et gravé de R. P. Bonington, par Atherton Curtis

Author:
Curtis, Atherton  Search this
Subject:
Bonington, Richard Parkes 1801-1828  Search this
Physical description:
[131] p. incl. front. (port.) illus., pl. 33 x 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1939
Call number:
NE642.B6C8X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_347793

The Keppel booklets : second series

Author:
Curtis, Atherton  Search this
Keppel, Frederick 1845-1912  Search this
Arensberg, Walter 1878-1954  Search this
Bénédite, Léonce 1859-1925  Search this
Sturgis, Russell 1836-1909  Search this
Subject:
Raffet, Denis Auguste Marie 1804-1860  Search this
Méryon, Charles 1821-1868  Search this
Whistler, James McNeill 1834-1903  Search this
Pennell, Joseph 1857-1926  Search this
Buhot, Félix Hilaire 1847-1898  Search this
Piranesi, Giovanni Battista 1720-1778  Search this
Physical description:
6 v. in case : ill. ; 16 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1906
Topic:
Etching  Search this
Call number:
NE1970 .K47Z
NE1970.K47Z
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_347798

Adolphe Appian, son oeuvre gravé et lithographié [par] Atherton Curtis et Paul Prouté

Author:
Curtis, Atherton  Search this
Prouté, Paul  Search this
Subject:
Appian, Adolphe 1818-1898  Search this
Physical description:
[52] p. illus. 27 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1968
Call number:
NE2195.A6C8X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_108337

Study for Portrait of Mrs. Atherton Curtis, (painting)

Painter:
Tanner, Henry Ossawa 1859-1937  Search this
Subject:
Curtis, Atherton, Mrs  Search this
Medium:
Charcoal and pastel on paper mounted on paperboard
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Smithsonian American Art Museum 8th & G Streets, N.W Washington District of Columbia 20560 Accession Number: 1983.95.33
Topic:
Study  Search this
Portrait female--Head  Search this
Control number:
IAP 08581745
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_250437

Portrait of Mr. and Mrs. Atherton Curtis with Still Life, (painting)

Painter:
Tanner, Henry Ossawa 1859-1937  Search this
Subject:
Curtis, Atherton  Search this
Curtis, Atherton, Mrs  Search this
Medium:
Oil on plywood
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Smithsonian American Art Museum 8th & G Streets, N.W Washington District of Columbia 20560 Accession Number: 1983.95.192
Topic:
Portrait group--Family--Spouses  Search this
Portrait male  Search this
Portrait female  Search this
Still Life--Fruit  Search this
Control number:
IAP 80840029
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_183978

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