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Benjamin F. Curtis papers, 1910-1925

Curtis, Benjamin F.  Search this
Potter, Louis McClellan  Search this
Sargent, John Singer  Search this
Fleischner, Otto  Search this
Eliot, Charles William  Search this
Gardner, Isabella Stewart  Search this
Parker, John A. (John Albert)  Search this
United States. National Park Service  Search this
Curtis & Cameron, Inc  Search this
Benjamin F. Curtis papers, 1910-1925. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Photography  Search this
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Lives of American Artists
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Benjamin F. Curtis papers

Curtis, Benjamin F.  Search this
Curtis & Cameron, Inc  Search this
United States. National Park Service  Search this
Eliot, Charles William, 1834-1926  Search this
Fleischner, Otto, d. 1939  Search this
Gardner, Isabella Stewart, 1840-1924  Search this
Potter, Louis McClellan, 1873-1912  Search this
Sargent, John Singer, 1856-1925  Search this
Parker, John A. (John Albert)  Search this
16 Items ((partially filmed on 1 microfilm reel))
Collection descriptions
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Scope and Contents:
Miscellaneous letters and photographs from the files of art photographer Benjamin F. Curtis of the firm of Curtis & Cameron, Inc. The items mainly relate to portrait painter John Singer Sargent.
Included are two letters to Curtis from Charles W. Eliot, President of Harvard University, February 26 and March 2, 1925, regarding portraits of him by painters John Singer Sargent and Louis Potter, and a photo of each portrait, 1910 and undated, (one taken by Curtis & Cameron, Inc.). Eliot requests that Curtis' print of Sargent's portrait of him not be used in publication as it "looks to me like a picture of a complacent fop seven feet tall" and that he prefers Charles Hopkinson's portrait instead. Of the Louis Potter bust, he writes "my family say unanimously that it is a good looking man but that it is not I."
Also included are two letters, undated, from Isabella Stewart Gardner (another of Sargent's sitters) to "Dear Sir" and "Dear Mr. Sears"; an undated letter (plus typescript) to Mr. [Otto] Fleischner, Assistant Librarian of the Boston Public Library, from Sargent regarding a complaint about his murals in the library, writing that he does not want to get into an argument with a woman who considers his murals "a bewildering, crowded, rotten world of dogmas, distress and medievalism"; four photographs of Sargent, including a portrait of him at age eight, Sargent receiving an honorary doctorate at Harvard University in 1916, and one dated 1925, Montreal; a photo by Keystone View Co. of Sargent's painting "Artist Sketching," and two of portraits of Sargent by Raymond M. Crosby and an unidentifed artist.
Biographical / Historical:
Curtis was a fine arts photographer; Boston, Mass. with the firm of Curtis& Cameron, Inc.
Donated 1995 by John A. Parker, Benjamin F. Curtis' son-in-law.
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.
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