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Album of Prints: Tome 1 of the Oeuvre of Juste-François Boucher, known as Boucher fils

Designer:
Juste-François Boucher, French, 1736 – 1782  Search this
Print Maker:
Nicolas Dupin, French, active 18th century  Search this
Pierre-Gabriel Berthault, French, 1737–1831  Search this
Publisher:
Chez Le Père et Avaulez, Paris, 1772–1777  Search this
Charles Le Pere, French, active 1772 – 1777  Search this
Pierre-Michel Avaulez, French, active 1772 – d. 1774  Search this
Dimensions:
Album H47.9xW33.9xD3.5 cm
Type:
albums (bound) & books
Album
Object Name:
Album
Made in:
France
Published in:
Paris, France
Date:
ca. 1775
Credit Line:
Purchased for the Museum by the Advisory Council
Accession Number:
1921-6-252
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq4f77afe3d-6baa-4597-8db6-04f60e69bb2e
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1921-6-252
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Album of Prints: Tome 2 of the Oeuvre of Juste-François Boucher, known as Boucher fils

Designer:
Juste-François Boucher, French, 1736 – 1782  Search this
Print Maker:
Nicolas Dupin, French, active 18th century  Search this
Jean Pelletier, French, born ca. 1736  Search this
Lachausée, Active in France, 17??–18??  Search this
Jean-Baptiste Bichard, French, 1722–after 1774  Search this
Publisher:
Chez Le Père et Avaulez, Paris, 1772–1777  Search this
Charles Le Pere, French, active 1772 – 1777  Search this
Pierre-Michel Avaulez, French, active 1772 – d. 1774  Search this
Type:
albums (bound) & books
Album
Object Name:
Album
Made in:
France
Published in:
Paris, France
Date:
ca. 1775
Credit Line:
Purchased for the Museum by the Advisory Council
Accession Number:
1921-6-253
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq41540cb53-9cc6-4c24-8cb7-05dca7180966
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1921-6-253
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Album of Prints: Tome 3 of the Oeuvre of Juste-François Boucher, known as Boucher fils

Designer:
Juste-François Boucher, French, 1736 – 1782  Search this
Print Maker:
Jean Pelletier, French, born ca. 1736  Search this
Pichard, French, active 18th century  Search this
Publisher:
Chez Le Père et Avaulez, Paris, 1772–1777  Search this
Charles Le Pere, French, active 1772 – 1777  Search this
Pierre-Michel Avaulez, French, active 1772 – d. 1774  Search this
Type:
albums (bound) & books
Album
Object Name:
Album
Made in:
France
Published in:
Paris, France
Rouen, France
Date:
ca. 1775
Credit Line:
Purchased for the Museum by the Advisory Council
Accession Number:
1921-6-254
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq4f8f7b7b9-1af0-48a7-b3b4-eded20f98465
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1921-6-254
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Album of Prints: Tome 4 of the Oeuvre of Juste-François Boucher, known as Boucher fils

Designer:
Juste-François Boucher, French, 1736 – 1782  Search this
Print Maker:
Jean Pelletier, French, born ca. 1736  Search this
Jacques Juillet, French, 1739-1784  Search this
Publisher:
Charles Le Pere, French, active 1772 – 1777  Search this
Pierre-Michel Avaulez, French, active 1772 – d. 1774  Search this
Chez Le Père et Avaulez, Paris, 1772–1777  Search this
Type:
albums (bound) & books
Album
Object Name:
Album
Published in:
Rouen, France
Paris, France
Date:
ca. 1775
Credit Line:
Purchased for the Museum by the Advisory Council
Accession Number:
1921-6-255
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq462b60ba4-4448-4dbc-b9ee-adf09429067a
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1921-6-255
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Album of Prints: Second Series of the Oeuvre of Juste-François Boucher, known as Boucher fils

Designer:
Juste-François Boucher, French, 1736 – 1782  Search this
Print Maker:
Pierre-Gabriel Berthault, French, 1737–1831  Search this
Type:
albums (bound) & books
Album
Object Name:
Album
Published in:
Paris, France
Date:
1774
Credit Line:
Purchased for the Museum by the Advisory Council
Accession Number:
1921-6-256
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq479fa7d6b-392f-48c1-b82d-a2a3842889ce
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1921-6-256
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Side Chair, from the Dining Room of the Hôtel Guimard, Paris, France

Designer:
Hector Guimard, (French, 1867–1942)  Search this
Manufacturer:
Ateliers d'Art et de Fabrication, French, 1897 - 1914  Search this
Medium:
pearwood, leather, brass
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 113.5 x 46 x 48 cm (44 11/16 x 18 1/8 x 18 7/8 in.)
Type:
furniture
Decorative Arts
chair
Object Name:
chair
Made in:
France
Date:
ca. 1912
Credit Line:
Gift of Mme. Hector Guimard
Accession Number:
1948-114-1
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Product Design and Decorative Arts Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq41f8026bf-711c-4bff-baed-024167a19f25
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1948-114-1
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Paperweight, from Madame Guimard's Desk at the Hôtel Guimard, Paris, France

Designer:
Hector Guimard, (French, 1867–1942)  Search this
Executor:
Unknown  Search this
Medium:
Alabaster, bronze, gold
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 15.1 x 6.3 x 3 cm (5 15/16 x 2 1/2 x 1 3/16 in.)
Type:
furniture
Decorative Arts
paperweight
Object Name:
paperweight
Made in:
France
Date:
1909–1913
Credit Line:
Gift of Mme. Hector Guimard
Accession Number:
1956-76-1
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Product Design and Decorative Arts Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq4c4819e99-d3bf-4e54-97ad-32f8b3a3251e
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1956-76-1
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Woman Reading (Femme Lisant)

Alternate Title:
Lydia Cassatt, the Artist's Sister
Artist:
Mary Stevenson Cassatt, 22 May 1844 - 14 Jun 1926  Search this
Sitter:
Lydia Simpson Cassatt, 1837 - 1882  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas mounted on balsa and Masonite panel
Dimensions:
81.3 x 59.7cm (32 x 23 1/2")
Type:
Painting
Place:
France\Île-de-France\Ville de Paris, Départment de\Paris
Date:
1878-79
Topic:
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair  Search this
Costume\Headgear\Hat  Search this
Printed Material\Papers  Search this
Lydia Simpson Cassatt: Female  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Joslyn Art Museum
Object number:
1943.38 JAM
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/sm4a46f766a-6108-4e2f-b0d3-2f9371e66d48
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_1943.38_JAM

Sampson Vryling Stoddard Wilder

Artist:
John Vanderlyn, 15 Oct 1775 - 23 Sep 1852  Search this
Sitter:
Sampson Vryling Stoddard Wilder, 20 May 1780 - 3 Mar 1865  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
92.1cm x 73.3cm (36 1/4" x 28 7/8"), Estimate
Type:
Painting
Place:
France\Île-de-France\Ville de Paris, Départment de\Paris
Date:
1808-12
Topic:
Interior  Search this
Printed Material\Book  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Table  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair\Armchair  Search this
Home Furnishings\Drape  Search this
Equipment\Drafting & Writing Implements\Writing implement\Pen\Quill  Search this
Sampson Vryling Stoddard Wilder: Male  Search this
Sampson Vryling Stoddard Wilder: Business and Finance\Businessperson  Search this
Sampson Vryling Stoddard Wilder: Education and Scholarship\Administrator\University administrator\University trustee  Search this
Sampson Vryling Stoddard Wilder: Society and Social Change\Philanthropist  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Worcester Art Museum
Object number:
1981.331 WOR
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/sm4b67f3477-8ad8-45d6-8d2f-941b7d4686b5
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_1981.331_WOR

Gallery of the Louvre

Alternate Title:
Exhibition of the Gallery of the Louvre
Artist:
Samuel Finley Breese Morse, 27 Apr 1791 - 2 Apr 1872  Search this
Sitter:
Richard West Habersham, 1812 - 1889  Search this
Susan Augusta DeLancey Cooper, 1792 - 1852  Search this
James Fenimore Cooper, 15 Sep 1789 - 14 Sep 1851  Search this
Susan Augusta Fenimore Cooper, 1813 - 1894  Search this
Unidentified Woman  Search this
Unidentified Child  Search this
Unidentified Woman  Search this
Samuel Finley Breese Morse, 27 Apr 1791 - 2 Apr 1872  Search this
Unidentified Woman  Search this
Possibly:
Horatio Greenough, 6 Sep 1805 - 18 Dec 1852  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Image: 73 3/4 x 108 in. (187.3 x 274.3 cm)
Frame: 88 3/4 x 123 in. (225.4 x 312.4 cm)
Type:
Painting
Place:
United States\New York
France\Île-de-France\Ville de Paris, Départment de\Paris
Date:
1831-33
Topic:
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Table  Search this
Artwork\Painting  Search this
Artwork\Sculpture  Search this
Costume\Outerwear\Shawl  Search this
Costume\Footwear\Shoes  Search this
Container\Urn  Search this
Artist's Effects\Palette  Search this
Artist's Effects\Paintbrush  Search this
Architecture\Doorway  Search this
Artwork\Portrait  Search this
Artist's Effects\Easel  Search this
Interior\Art gallery  Search this
Costume\Headgear\Turban  Search this
Self-portrait  Search this
Unidentified Woman: Female  Search this
Richard West Habersham: Visual Arts\Artist  Search this
Richard West Habersham: Male  Search this
Horatio Greenough: Male  Search this
Horatio Greenough: Visual Arts\Artist\Sculptor  Search this
James Fenimore Cooper: Male  Search this
James Fenimore Cooper: Military and Intelligence\Navy\Officer  Search this
James Fenimore Cooper: Literature\Writer\Magazine article  Search this
James Fenimore Cooper: Literature\Writer\Novelist  Search this
James Fenimore Cooper: Politics and Government\Diplomat\Consul  Search this
Samuel Finley Breese Morse: Male  Search this
Samuel Finley Breese Morse: Visual Arts\Artist\Painter  Search this
Samuel Finley Breese Morse: Visual Arts\Artist\Portraitist  Search this
Samuel Finley Breese Morse: Journalism and Media\Journalist  Search this
Samuel Finley Breese Morse: Visual Arts\Art instructor  Search this
Samuel Finley Breese Morse: Education and Scholarship\Founder\College  Search this
Samuel Finley Breese Morse: Science and Technology\Inventor  Search this
Samuel Finley Breese Morse: Science and Technology\Inventor\Telegraph  Search this
Susan Augusta DeLancey Cooper: Female  Search this
Susan Augusta Fenimore Cooper: Female  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Terra Foundation for American Art
Object number:
1992.51 Terra
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/sm45a0e37a0-7090-4969-9b8f-f77a467967ff
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_1992.51_Terra

Gertrude Stein

Artist:
Pablo Picasso, 25 Oct 1881 - 8 Apr 1973  Search this
Sitter:
Gertrude Stein, 3 Feb 1874 - 27 Jul 1946  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
100 x 81.3cm (39 3/8 x 32")
Type:
Painting
Place:
France\Île-de-France\Ville de Paris, Départment de\Paris
Date:
1905-06
Topic:
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair\Armchair  Search this
Gertrude Stein: Female  Search this
Gertrude Stein: Literature\Writer\Poet  Search this
Gertrude Stein: Society and Social Change\Philanthropist\Patron of the arts  Search this
Gertrude Stein: Literature\Writer\Librettist  Search this
Gertrude Stein: Visual Arts\Art collector  Search this
Gertrude Stein: Literature\Writer\Novelist  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Object number:
47.106 MMA
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/sm40cde8e6f-f38e-45c8-8288-40d489a8972f
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_47.106_MMA

Baron von Humboldt

Artist:
Rembrandt Peale, 22 Feb 1778 - 3 Oct 1860  Search this
Sitter:
Alexander Von Humboldt, 14 Sep 1769 - 6 May 1859  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Painting
Place:
France\Île-de-France\Ville de Paris, Départment de\Paris
Date:
c. 1809-10
Topic:
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair  Search this
Alexander Von Humboldt: Male  Search this
Alexander Von Humboldt: Literature\Publisher  Search this
Alexander Von Humboldt: Science and Technology\Scientist\Naturalist  Search this
Alexander Von Humboldt: Rulers and Aristocracy\Aristocrat\Baron  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Private Collection
Object number:
PC992055
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/sm41f8ff3ef-fe70-40a3-a4c2-4b227558e090
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_PC992055

Mary Cassatt

Artist:
Edgar Degas, 19 Jul 1834 - 27 Sep 1917  Search this
Sitter:
Mary Stevenson Cassatt, 22 May 1844 - 14 Jun 1926  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Stretcher: 73.3 x 60 x 3.8cm (28 7/8 x 23 5/8 x 1 1/2")
Frame: 94.6 x 80.3 x 8.9cm (37 1/4 x 31 5/8 x 3 1/2")
Type:
Painting
Date:
c. 1880-84
Topic:
Interior  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair  Search this
Costume\Headgear\Hat  Search this
Interior\Studio\Art  Search this
Mary Stevenson Cassatt: Female  Search this
Mary Stevenson Cassatt: Visual Arts\Artist\Printmaker\Etcher  Search this
Mary Stevenson Cassatt: Visual Arts\Artist\Painter  Search this
Mary Stevenson Cassatt: Visual Arts\Artist\Portraitist  Search this
Mary Stevenson Cassatt: Business and Finance\Businessperson\Dealer\Art dealer  Search this
Mary Stevenson Cassatt: Visual Arts\Artist\Painter\Pastelist  Search this
Mary Stevenson Cassatt: Legion of Honor  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation and the Regents' Major Acquisitions Fund, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.84.34
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm41e908770-0b58-4acb-99b9-c3d3a250df73
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.84.34

Henry Varnum Poor papers

Creator:
Poor, Henry Varnum, 1887-1970  Search this
Names:
Montross Gallery  Search this
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture  Search this
Benton, William, 1900-1973  Search this
Biddle, George, 1885-1973  Search this
Billing, Jules  Search this
Burchfield, Charles Ephraim, 1893-1967  Search this
Caniff, Milton Arthur, 1907-1988  Search this
Ciardi, John, 1916-  Search this
Czebotar, Theodore  Search this
Deming, MacDonald  Search this
Dickson, Harold E., 1900-  Search this
Dorn, Marion, 1896-1964  Search this
Duchamp, Marcel, 1887-1968  Search this
Esherick, Wharton  Search this
Evergood, Philip, 1901-1973  Search this
Garrett, Alice Warder  Search this
Houseman, John, 1902-1988  Search this
Marston, Muktuk  Search this
Meredith, Burgess, 1907-1997  Search this
Mumford, Lewis, 1895-1990  Search this
Padro, Isabel  Search this
Poor, Anne, 1918-  Search this
Poor, Bessie Breuer  Search this
Poor, Eva  Search this
Poor, Josephine Graham  Search this
Poor, Josephine Lydia  Search this
Poor, Peter  Search this
Sargent, Elizabeth S.  Search this
Smith, David, 1906-1965  Search this
Steinbeck, John, 1902-1968  Search this
Watson, Ernest William, 1884-1969  Search this
Extent:
12.9 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Motion pictures (visual works)
Diaries
Drawings
Sketchbooks
Date:
1873-2001
bulk 1904-1970
Summary:
The papers of Henry Varnum Poor measure 12.9 linear feet and date from 1873-2001, with the bulk from the period 1904-1970. Correspondence, writings, artwork, printed material and photographs document Poor's work as a painter, muralist, ceramic artist and potter, architect, designer, writer, war artist, educator and a co-founder of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Also found is extensive information about the design and construction of Crow House, his home in New City, New York, commissions for other architectural projects, and his personal life.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of Henry Varnum Poor measure 12.9 linear feet and date from 1873-2001, with the bulk from the period 1904-1970. Correspondence, writings, artwork, printed material and photographs document Poor's work as a painter, muralist, ceramic artist and potter, architect, designer, writer, war artist, educator and a co-founder of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Also found is extensive information about the design and construction of Crow House, his home in New City, New York, commissions for other architectural projects, and his personal life.

Henry Varnum Poor's correspondence documents his personal, family, and professional life. Correspondents include family and friends, among them George Biddle, Charles Burchfield, John Ciardi, Marion V. Dorn (who became his second wife), Philip Evergood, Lewis Mumford, John Steinbeck, David Smith, and Mrs. John Work (Alice) Garrett. Among other correspondents are galleries, museums, schools, organizations, fans, former students, and acquaintances from his military service and travels. Family correspondence consists of Henry's letters to his parents, letters to his parents written by his wife, and letters among other family members.

Among the writings by Henry Varnum Poor are manuscripts of his two published books, An Artist Sees Alaska and A Book of Pottery: From Mud to Immortality. as well as the text of "Painting is Being Talked to Death," published in the first issue of Reality: A Journal of Artists' Opinions, April 1953, and manuscripts of other articles. There are also film scripts, two journals, notes and notebooks, lists, speeches, and writings by others, including M. R. ("Muktuk") Marston's account of Poor rescuing an Eskimo, and Bessie Breuer Poor's recollections of The Montross Gallery.

Subject files include those on the Advisory Committee on Art, American Designers' Gallery, Inc., William Benton, Harold Dickson, Reality: A Journal of Artists' Opinions Sales, and War Posters. There are numerous administrative files for the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.

Artwork by Henry Varnum Poor consists mainly of loose drawings and sketches and 45 sketchbooks of studies for paintings, murals, and pottery. There is work done in France, 1918-1919, and while working as a war correspondent in Alaska in 1943. There are commissioned illustrations and some intended for his monograph, A Book of Pottery: From Mud to Immortality. Also found are a small number of watercolors and prints. Work by other artists consist of Anne Poor's drawings of her father's hands used for the Lincoln figure in The Land Grant Frescoes and interior views of Crow House by Ernest Watson.

Documentation of Poor's architectural projects consists of drawings and prints relating to houses designed and built for Jules Billing, MacDonald Deming, John Houseman, Burgess Meredith, Isabel Padro, and Elizabeth S. Sargent. Also found is similar material for the new studio Poor built in 1957 on the grounds of Crow House.

Miscellaneous records include family memorabilia and two motion picture films, Painting a True Fresco, and The Land Grant Murals at Pennsylvania State College.

Printed material includes articles about or mentioning Poor, some of his pottery reference books, family history, a catalog of kilns, and the program of a 1949 Pennsylvania State College theater production titled Poor Mr. Varnum. Exhibition catalogs and announcements survive for some of Poor's shows; catalogs of other artists' shows include one for Theodore Czebotar containing an introductory statement by Henry Varnum Poor. Also found is a copy of The Army at War: A Graphic Record by American Artists, for which Poor served as an advisor. There are reproductions of illustrations for An Artist Sees Alaska and Ethan Frome, and two Associated American Artists greeting cards reproducing work by Poor.

Photographs are of Henry Varnum Poor's architectural work, artwork, people, places, and miscellaneous subjects. This series also contains negatives, slides, and transparencies. Images of architectural work include exterior and interior views of many projects; Poor's home, Crow House, predominates. Photographs of artwork by Poor are of drawings, fresco and ceramic tile murals, paintings, pottery and ceramic art. People appearing in photographs include Henry Varnum Poor, family members, friends, clients, juries, students, and various groups. Among the individuals portrayed are Milton Caniff, Marcel Duchamp, Wharton Esherick, M. R. ("Muktuk") Marston, and Burgess Meredith. Among the family members are Bessie Breuer Poor, Marion Dorn Poor, Anne Poor, Eva Poor, Josephine Graham Poor, Josephine Lydia Poor, Peter Poor, and unidentified relatives. Photographs of places include many illustrating village life in Alaska that were taken by Poor during World War II. Other places recorded are French and California landscapes, and family homes in Kansas. Miscellaneous subjects are exhibition installation views, scenes of Kentucky farms, and a photograph of Poor's notes on glazes.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 9 series:

Missing Title

Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1919-1987 (0.2 linear feet; Box 1, OV 18)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1873-1985 (1.5 linear feet; Boxes 1-2)

Series 3: Writings and Notes, circa 1944-1974 (0.6 linear feet; Boxes 2-3)

Series 4: Subject Files, 1928-1975 (0.8 linear feet; Box 3, OV 23)

Series 5: Artwork, circa 1890s-circa 1961 (3.5 linear feet; Boxes 4-6, 9-10, OV 19-22)

Series 6: Architectural Projects, circa 1940-1966 (0.7 linear feet; Box 6, OV 24-26, RD 14-17)

Series 7: Miscellaneous Records, 1882-1967 (Boxes 6, 11, FC 30-31; 0.5 linear ft.)

Series 8: Printed Material, 1881-2001 (1.2 linear feet; Boxes 6-7, 11, OV 27-29)

Series 9: Photographs, 1893-1984 (2.3 linear feet; Boxes 7-8, 12-13)
Biographical Note:
Henry Varnum Poor (1888-1970), best known as a potter, ceramic artist, and a co-founder of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, was also an architect, painter, muralist, designer, educator, and writer who lived and worked in New City, New York.

A native of Chapman, Kansas, Henry Varnum Poor moved with his family to Kansas City when his grain merchant father became a member of the Kansas Board of Trade. From a young age he showed artistic talent and spent as much time as possible - including school hours - drawing. When a school supervisor suggested that Henry leave school to study at the Art Institute of Chicago, the family disagreed. Instead, he enrolled in the Kansas City Manual Training High School where he delighted in learning skills such as carpentry, forge work, and mechanical drawing. In 1905, he moved with his older brother and sister to Palo Alto, California and completed high school there. Because Poor was expected to join the family business, he enrolled at Stanford University as an economics major, but much to his father's disappointment and displeasure, soon left the economics department and became an art major.

Immediately after graduation in 1910, Poor and his major professor at Stanford, Arthur B. Clark, took a summer bicycling tour to look at art in London, France, Italy, and Holland. As Poor had saved enough money to remain in London after the summer was over, he enrolled in the Slade School of Art and also studied under Walter Sickert at the London County Council Night School. After seeing an exhibition of Post-Impressionism at the Grafton Galleries in London, Poor was so impressed that he went to Paris and enrolled in the Académie Julian. While in Paris, Poor met Clifford Addams, a former apprentice of Whistler; soon he was working in Addams' studio learning Whistler's palette and techniques.

In the fall of 1911, Poor returned to Stanford University's art department on a one-year teaching assignment. During that academic year, his first one-man show was held at the university's Old Studio gallery. He married Lena Wiltz and moved back to Kansas to manage the family farm and prepare for another exhibition. Their daughter, Josephine Lydia Poor, was born the following year. Poor returned to Stanford in September 1913 as assistant professor of graphic arts, remaining until the department closed three years later. During this period, Poor began to exhibit more frequently in group shows in other areas of the country, and had his first solo exhibition at a commercial gallery (Helgesen Gallery, San Francisco). In 1916, Poor joined the faculty of the San Francisco Art Association. He and his wife separated in 1917 and were divorced the following year. Poor began sharing his San Francisco studio with Marion Dorn.

During World War I, Poor was drafted into the U. S. Army, and in 1918 went to France with the 115th Regiment of Engineers. He spent his spare time drawing; soon officers were commissioning portraits, and Poor was appointed the regimental artist. He also served as an interpreter for his company. Discharged from the Army in early 1919, Poor spent the spring painting in Paris. He then returned to San Francisco and married Marion Dorn.

Once Poor realized that earning a living as a painter would be extremely difficult in California, he and his new wife moved to New York in the autumn of 1919. They were looking for a place to live when influential book and art dealer Mary Mowbray-Clarke of the Sunwise Turn Bookshop in Manhattan suggested New City in Rockland County, New York as good place for artists. In January of 1920, the Poors purchased property on South Mountain Road in New City. The skills he acquired at the Kansas City Manual Training High School were of immediate use as Poor designed and constructed "Crow House" with the assistance of a local teenager. Influenced by the farmhouses he had seen in France, it was made of local sandstone and featured steep gables, rough plaster, chestnut beams and floors, and incorporated many hand-crafted details. Poor designed and built most of their furniture, too. Before the end of the year, he and Marion were able to move into the house, though it remained a work in progress for many years. Additions were constructed. Over time, gardens were designed and planted, and outbuildings - a kiln and pottery, work room, garage, and new studio - appeared on the property.

In 1925, two years after his divorce from Marion Dorn, Poor married Bessie Freedman Breuer (1893-1975), an editor, short story writer, and novelist. Soon after, he adopted her young daughter, Anne (1918-2002), an artist who served as his assistant on many important mural commissions. Their son, Peter (b. 1926) became a television producer. Crow House remained in the family until its sale in 2006. In order to prevent its demolition, Crow House was then purchased by the neighboring town of Ramapo, New York in 2007.

Between 1935 and 1966 Poor designed and oversaw construction of a number of houses, several of them situated not far from Crow House on South Mountain Road. Poor's designs, noted for their simplicity, featured modern materials and incorporated his ceramic tiles. Among his important commissions were houses for Maxwell Anderson, Jules Billig, Milton Caniff, MacDonald Deming, and John Houseman.

Poor's first exhibition of paintings in New York City was at Kevorkian Galleries in 1920, and sales were so disappointing that he turned his attention to ceramics. His first pottery show, held at Bel Maison Gallery in Wanamaker's department store in 1921, was very successful. He quickly developed a wide reputation, participated in shows throughout the country, and won awards. He was a founder of the short-lived American Designers' Gallery, and the tile bathroom he showed at the group's first exposition was critically acclaimed. Poor was represented by Montross Gallery as both a painter and potter. When Montross Gallery closed upon its owner's death in 1932, Poor moved to the Frank K. M. Rehn Gallery.

Even though Poor's pottery and ceramic work was in the forefront, he continued to paint. His work was acquired by a number of museums, and the Limited Editions Club commissioned him to illustrate their republications of Ethan Frome, The Scarlet Letter, and The Call of the Wild.

Poor's first work in true fresco was shown in a 1932 mural exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art. Between 1935 and 1949 he was commissioned to produce several murals in fresco for Section of Fine Arts projects at the Department of Justice and the Department of the Interior, The Land Grant Frescoes at Pennsylvania State College, and a mural for the Louisville Courier-Journal. Ceramic tile mural commissions included: the Klingenstein Pavilion, Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York City; Travelers Insurance Co., Boston; the Fresno Post Office, California; and Hillson Memorial Gallery, Deerfield Academy, Deerfield, Mass.

As a member of the War Artists' Unit, Poor was a "war correspondent" with the rank of major in World War II, and for several months in 1943 was stationed in Alaska. An Artist Sees Alaska, drawing on Poor's observations and experiences, was published in 1945. A Book of Pottery: From Mud to Immortality, his second book, was published in 1958. It remains a standard text on the subject. While on the faculty of Columbia University in the 1950s, Poor and other artists opposed to the growing influence of Abstract Expressionism formed the Reality Group with Poor the head of its editorial committee. Their magazine, Reality: A Journal of Artists' Opinions, first appeared in 1953 featuring "Painting is Being Talked to Death" by Poor as its lead article. Two more issues were published in 1954 and 1955.

Along with Willard Cummings, Sidney Simon, and Charles Cuttler, in 1946 Henry Varnum Poor helped to establish the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine. He served as its first president. Poor and his daughter, Anne, were active members of the Board of Trustees and were instructors for many years. The summer of 1961 was Henry Varnum Poor's last as a full-time teacher, though he continued to spend summers at Skowhegan.

Henry Varnum Poor exhibited widely and received many awards, among them prizes at the Carnegie Institute, Syracuse Museum of Fine Arts, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Architectural League of New York. Poor was appointed to the United States Commission of Fine Arts by President Roosevelt in 1941 and served a five year term. He was elected a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters in 1943. The National Academy of Design named him an Associate Artist in 1954 and an Academician in 1963. He became a trustee of the American Craftsman's Council in 1956. The work of Henry Vernum Poor is represented in the permanent collections of many American museums including the Cleveland Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, Addison Gallery of American Art, and Syracuse Museum of Fine Arts.

Henry Varnum Poor died at home in New City, New York, December 8, 1970.
Related Material:
An oral history interview with Henry Varnum Poor was conducted by Harlan Phillips for the Archives of American Art in 1964.
Provenance:
Gift of Henry Varnum Poor's son, Peter V. Poor, in 2007. A smaller portion was loaned to the Archives in 1973 by Anne Poor for microfilming and returned to the lender; this material was included in the 2007 gift.
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Henry Varnum Poor papers, 1873-2001, bulk 1904-1970. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Newspaper clippings

Collection Creator:
Ya-Ching, Lee  Search this
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Box 12, Folder 3
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Date:
1942
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Lee Ya-Ching Papers, NASM.2008.0009, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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[Luxembourg Gardens]: unidentified men, women and children.

Photographer:
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Extent:
1 Glass negative (black-and-white, 5 x 7 in.)
Type:
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Place:
Luxembourg Gardens (Paris, France)
France -- Paris
France -- Ile-de-France -- Paris -- Paris
Date:
1906 Aug.
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Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, Thomas Warren Sears photograph collection.
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[Luxembourg Gardens]: walkway and seating area, with part of the Dancing Faun sculpture by Eugène-Louis Lequesne barely visible in the far left distance.

Photographer:
Sears, Thomas Warren, 1880-1966  Search this
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Sears, Thomas Warren, 1880-1966  Search this
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Extent:
1 Glass negative (black-and-white, 5 x 7 in.)
Type:
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Glass negatives
Place:
Luxembourg Gardens (Paris, France)
France -- Paris
France -- Ile-de-France -- Paris -- Paris
Date:
1906 Aug.
Collection Restrictions:
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Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, Thomas Warren Sears photograph collection.
Identifier:
AAG.SRS, Item FR004009
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[Tuileries Garden]: part of the Tuileries Garden.

Photographer:
Sears, Thomas Warren, 1880-1966  Search this
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Sears, Thomas Warren, 1880-1966  Search this
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Extent:
1 Negative (black-and-white, 3.5 x 6 in.)
Type:
Archival materials
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Place:
Tuileries Garden (Paris, France)
France -- Ile-de-France -- Paris -- Paris
Date:
1906 Aug.
General:
Original was a nitrate negative which has been digitized and the nitrate negative destroyed. A duplicate film negative is at Photographic Services, Smithsonian Institution (OIPPS). Negative Number: 94-7166.
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Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, Thomas Warren Sears photograph collection.
Identifier:
AAG.SRS, Item FR006005
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[Tuileries Garden]: looking across the Grand Bassin pond in the Tuileries Garden, with the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel in the far distance.

Photographer:
Sears, Thomas Warren, 1880-1966  Search this
Collection Creator:
Sears, Thomas Warren, 1880-1966  Search this
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Extent:
1 Negative (black-and-white, 3.5 x 6 in.)
Type:
Archival materials
Negatives
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Place:
Tuileries Garden (Paris, France)
France -- Ile-de-France -- Paris -- Paris
Date:
1906 Aug.
General:
Original was a nitrate negative which has been digitized and the nitrate negative destroyed. A duplicate film negative is at Photographic Services, Smithsonian Institution (OIPPS). Negative Number: 94-7169.
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Collection Citation:
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Identifier:
AAG.SRS, Item FR006006
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[Tuileries Garden]: part of the Tuileries Garden.

Photographer:
Sears, Thomas Warren, 1880-1966  Search this
Collection Creator:
Sears, Thomas Warren, 1880-1966  Search this
Sears & Wendell  Search this
Olmsted Brothers  Search this
Harvard University  Search this
American Society of Landscape Architects  Search this
Extent:
1 Negative (black-and-white, 3.5 x 6 in.)
Type:
Archival materials
Negatives
Reproductions
Place:
Tuileries Garden (Paris, France)
France -- Ile-de-France -- Paris -- Paris
Date:
1906 Aug.
General:
Original was a nitrate negative which has been digitized and the nitrate negative destroyed. A duplicate film negative is at Photographic Services, Smithsonian Institution (OIPPS).
Collection Restrictions:
Access to original archival materials by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Collection Rights:
Archives of American Gardens encourages the use of its archival materials for non-commercial, educational and personal use under the fair use provision of U.S. copyright law. Use or copyright restrictions may exist. It is incumbent upon the researcher to ascertain copyright status and assume responsibility for usage. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by Archives of American Gardens. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Topic:
Allées  Search this
Trees  Search this
Chairs  Search this
Lampposts  Search this
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Gardens -- France -- Paris  Search this
People  Search this
Genre/Form:
Negatives
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Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, Thomas Warren Sears photograph collection.
Identifier:
AAG.SRS, Item FR006008
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Thomas Warren Sears photograph collection
Thomas Warren Sears photograph collection / Series 1: Photographic Images / International / France / FR006: Paris -- Tuileries Garden
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
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