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Charles Henry Hart papers

Creator:
Hart, Charles Henry, 1847-1918  Search this
Names:
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts  Search this
Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848  Search this
Hawthorne, Nathaniel, 1804-1864  Search this
Latrobe, Benjamin Henry, 1764-1820  Search this
Pratt, Herbert Lee, 1871-1945  Search this
Extent:
6.1 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Notes
Photographs
Date:
1774-1930
bulk 1888-1918
Summary:
The papers of Philadelphia art historian and writer Charles Henry Hart date from 1774-1930, bulk 1888-1918, and measure 6.1 linear feet. Found within the papers are correspondence, subject files, scattered personal business records, a file of images of art work, notes and writings, and printed material. The subject files include letters from art historians, art collectors, dealers, and gallery owners.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of Philadelphia art historian and writer Charles Henry Hart date from 1774-1930, bulk 1888-1918, and measure 6.1 linear feet. Found within the papers are correspondence, subject files, scattered personal business records, a file of images of art work, notes and writings, and printed material. The subject files include letters from art historians, art collectors, dealers, and gallery owners.

Twelve folders of general correspondence consists primarily of letters received from colleagues, dealers, gallery owners, and publishers discussing art-related topics not specifically addressed in the Subject Files arranged in Series 3 below. There is one folder of miscellaneous personal business records.

Subject files comprise the largest and most important series in the collection. The files contain a wide variety of materials, including letters, notes and writings, clippings, reproductions of art work, and photographs. Letters are from art historians, art collectors, dealers, and gallery owners mostly concerning notable subjects of portraits, artists, organizations, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and miscellaneous subjects such as miniature paintings and H. W. Elson's book History of the United States. Several files contain letters from the descendants of John Quincy Adams, Asher B. Durand, Benjamin Latrobe, and Nathaniel Hawthorne.

The images files contain a mixture of printed reproductions of art work, photographs of art work, and original art work compiled and used by Hart as reference material.

Notes and writings consist primarily of notes on art-related topics including the work of various artists, activities of arts organizations, collectors, galleries and museums, sales of art work, and background material about the subjects of portraits. There is also a typescript by Hart containing descriptions of art work to be published in a catalog of the Herbert Lee Pratt collection.

Printed material consists of clippings about Hart and miscellaneous art-related topics, auction catalogs, and an incomplete set of pages from Hart's book Memoirs of the Life and Work of Jean Antoine Houdon: Sculpture of Voltaire and of Washington.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 6 series:

Missing Title

Series 1: Correspondence, 1838-1930 (Box 1; 12 folders)

Series 2: Personal Business Records, 1893-1917 (Box 1; 1 folder)

Series 3: Subject Files, 1774-1922 (Boxes 1-4, 8; 4.0 linear feet)

Series 4: File of Images, circa 1890-1900 (Boxes 5, 8; 0.6 linear feet)

Series 5: Notes and Writings, 1890-1922 (Boxes 5-6; 0.8 linear feet)

Series 6: Printed Material, 1822-1925 (Boxes 6-7; 0.8 linear feet)
Biographical Note:
Charles Henry Hart (1847-1918) was an art historian, lawyer, writer, and director of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts from 1885-1904. He worked primarily in the Philadelphia area and published widely on the subject of eighteenth and nineteenth-century portraiture in America.

Charles Henry Hart was born on February 4, 1847 in Philadelphia, the son of Julia Leavey and Samuel Hart. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1869 and practiced law until 1894, when he turned his interest to art and writing after suffering injuries in a railroad accident. He became a noted author of books and articles about art, especially portraiture. He had a special interest in the work of Gilbert Stuart. Hart's writings often focused on exposing fraudulent attributions of art work.

From 1882 to 1902, Hart was director of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. In 1893, he also served as chairman of the Committee on Retrospective American Art at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Hart was a member of several organizations including the American Historical Association, the Essex Institute, and the Players Club.

Hart's first wife, Armine Nixon, was a great-granddaughter of Robert Morris, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. She died in 1897. According to the New York Times, in 1905 he married Marianne Livingstone Phillips, with whom he fathered a son, Charles Henry Hart, Jr. In 1912, Hart married Anita Beatriz Arabe.

Charles Henry Hart died on July 29, 1918 in New York City.
Related Material:
Also found in the Archives of American Art are 2 volumes of an autograph collection compiled by Charles Henry Hart.

The Archives also has a collection of correspondence between Charles and Clarence W. Bowen loaned by the New York Public Library for microfilming on reels N10-N11. The correspondence concerns Hart's activities on the planning committee of the Centennial of George Washington's Inauguration, New York City, 1889; and Hart's chairmanship of the Committee on Retrospective Art for the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, 1893.

Additional Charles Henry Hart papers are also available at the Winterthur Library in Delaware.
Provenance:
The Charles Henry Hart papers were donated anonymously in 1971.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
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:
Art historians -- Pennsylvania  Search this
Portrait painters  Search this
Topic:
Miniature painting  Search this
Authors -- Pennsylvania  Search this
Works of art  Search this
Genre/Form:
Notes
Photographs
Citation:
Charles Henry Hart papers, 1774-1930, bulk 1888-1918. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.hartchah
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9158c0376-ba03-4a63-bc79-9bf7d296e933
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-hartchah
Online Media:

Hawthorne in Concord / Philip McFarland

Author:
McFarland, Philip James  Search this
Subject:
Hawthorne, Nathaniel 1804-1864 Homes and haunts  Search this
Physical description:
ix, 341 p. : port. ; 24 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
Massachusetts
Concord
Concord (Mass.)
Date:
2004
C2004
19th century
Topic:
Novelists, American--Homes and haunts  Search this
Novelists, American  Search this
Intellectual life  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_742623

The complete writings of Nathaniel Hawthorne : with an introduction by his daughter Mrs. Rose Hawthorne Lathrop : in twenty-two volumes ..

Author:
Hawthorne, Nathaniel 1804-1864  Search this
Lathrop, Rose Hawthorne 1851-1926  Search this
Former owner:
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana DSI  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (various pagings) : ill., ports., facsims. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1900
[1900?]
Topic:
Booksellers and bookselling--Colportage, subscription trade, etc  Search this
Call number:
HF5456.P94 H83 1900
HF5456.P94H83 1900
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_393315

Hawthorne revisited : honoring the bicentennial of the author's birth / by Louis Auchincloss ... [et al.] ; edited by David Scribner

Author:
Auchincloss, Louis  Search this
Scribner, David  Search this
Hyatt, Gordon  Search this
Subject:
Hawthorne, Nathaniel 1804-1864  Search this
Hawthorne, Nathaniel 1804-1864 Anniversaries, etc  Search this
Physical description:
175 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2004
C2004
Call number:
PS1888 .H39 2004
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_744644

Hawthorne's Scarlet letter / With illustrations by F. O. C. Darley

Author:
Darley, Felix Octavius Carr 1822-1888  Search this
Hawthorne, Nathaniel 1804-1864  Search this
Physical description:
20 l. : 12 pl. ; 35 x 45 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1884
Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775
Topic:
History  Search this
Fiction  Search this
Call number:
PS1868.A2 D37 1884
PS1868.A2D37 1884
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_394493

Through a camera, darkly [microform] : early photography and the American romantic imagination from Poe to James / Charles Higgins

Author:
Higgins, Charles  Search this
Subject:
Poe, Edgar Allan 1809-1849 Portraits  Search this
Hawthorne, Nathaniel 1804-1864 Portraits  Search this
Physical description:
187 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Microforms
Date:
1990
1988
19th century
Topic:
Portrait photography  Search this
Authors, American--Portraits  Search this
American fiction  Search this
Romanticism  Search this
Call number:
mfm 1207n
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_391301

Transformation, or, The romance of Monte Beni [microform] / by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Author:
Hawthorne, Nathaniel 1804-1864  Search this
Physical description:
2 v. : ill. : 16 cm
Type:
Microforms
Date:
1981
1860
Call number:
TR15 .H5810 no. 926
mfm 814
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_376568

Devils and rebels : the making of Hawthorne's damned politics / Larry J. Reynolds

Title:
Devils & rebels
Author:
Reynolds, Larry J (Larry John) 1942-  Search this
Subject:
Hawthorne, Nathaniel 1804-1864 Political and social views  Search this
Physical description:
xix, 313 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
2008
C2008
19th century
Topic:
Politics and literature--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_914127

Hawthorne's Lenox : the Tanglewood circle / Cornelia Brooke Gilder with Julia Conklin Peters

Author:
Gilder, Cornelia Brooke  Search this
Peters, Julia Conklin  Search this
Subject:
Hawthorne, Nathaniel 1804-1864 Homes and haunts  Search this
Physical description:
126 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Biography
Place:
Massachusetts
Lenox
Lenox (Mass.)
Date:
2008
19th century
Topic:
Dwellings--History  Search this
Intellectual life  Search this
History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_911299

The story of A : the alphabetization of America from the New England primer to The scarlet letter / Patricia Crain

Author:
Crain, Patricia  Search this
Subject:
Hawthorne, Nathaniel 1804-1864 Scarlet letter  Search this
Physical description:
xiii, 315 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
History
Place:
United States
Date:
2000
©2000
Topic:
English language--Alphabet--Study and teaching  Search this
Alphabetizing--History  Search this
Literacy--History  Search this
Language arts  Search this
Civilization  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1047668

The complete writings of Nathaniel Hawthorne : with an introduction by his daughter Mrs. Rose Hawthorne Lathrop : in twenty-two volumes ..

Author:
Hawthorne, Nathaniel 1804-1864  Search this
Lathrop, Rose Hawthorne 1851-1926  Search this
Former owner:
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana DSI  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (various pagings), [9] leaves of plates : ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1900
[1900]
Topic:
Booksellers and bookselling--Colportage, subscription trade, etc  Search this
Call number:
HF5456.P94 H83 1900b
HF5456.P94H83 1900b
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_393314

A wonder book for girls and boys / by Nathaniel Hawthorne ; with sixty designs by Walter Crane

Author:
Hawthorne, Nathaniel 1804-1864  Search this
Ill:
Crane, Walter 1845-1915  Search this
Physical description:
x, 210 p., [19] leaves of plates : col. ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Juvenile literature
Date:
1893
1893, c1892
Topic:
Mythology, Classical  Search this
Illustrated children's books  Search this
Call number:
PZ8.1.H39 Wo 1893
PZ8.1.H39Wo 1893
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_446409

The Willey slide : the problem of landscape in 19th-century narrative / Eric Edward Purchase

Author:
Purchase, Eric Edward  Search this
Subject:
Willey family  Search this
Cole, Thomas 1801-1848  Search this
Hawthorne, Nathaniel 1804-1864  Search this
Marsh, George P (George Perkins) 1801-1882  Search this
Physical description:
iii, 226 leaves, bound ; 28 cm
Type:
Manuscripts
Place:
New Hampshire
White Mountains (N.H. and Me.)
Crawford Notch (N.H.)
Date:
1994
19th century
1775-1865
Topic:
Land use--History  Search this
Landscapes  Search this
Tourism--History  Search this
Travelers--History  Search this
History  Search this
Economic conditions  Search this
Social conditions  Search this
Call number:
HD211.N4 P98 1994a
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_493210

Domestic individualism : imagining self in nineteenth-century America / Gillian Brown

Author:
Brown, Gillian  Search this
Subject:
Stowe, Harriet Beecher 1811-1896 Political and social views  Search this
Hawthorne, Nathaniel 1804-1864 Political and social views  Search this
Melville, Herman 1819-1891 Political and social views  Search this
Physical description:
xiv, 266 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1990
C1990
19th century
Topic:
Domestic fiction, American--History and criticism  Search this
American fiction--History and criticism  Search this
Individualism in literature  Search this
Self in literature  Search this
Call number:
PS374.D57B7 1990X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_405370

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Author:
Woodberry, George Edward 1855-1930  Search this
Subject:
Hawthorne, Nathaniel 1804-1864  Search this
Physical description:
302 p. port. 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1967
Call number:
CT275.H39 W8 1967
CT275.H39W8 1967
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_49266

Mosses from an old manse / by Nathaniel Hawthorne ..

Author:
Hawthorne, Nathaniel 1804-1864  Search this
Former owner:
Comegys Library DSI  Search this
Physical description:
2 v. in 1. ; 20 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1850
Call number:
PR1863 .A1 1850
PR1863.A1 1850
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_401568

The complete writings of Nathaniel Hawthorne : with portraits, illustrations, and facsimiles in twenty-two volumes ..

Author:
Hawthorne, Nathaniel 1804-1864  Search this
Houghton, Mifflin and Company  Search this
Subject:
Houghton, Mifflin and Company  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (various pagings) : ill., ports., facsims. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Colportage, subscription trade, etc
Date:
1900
[1900?]
Topic:
Booksellers and bookselling--Colportage, subscription trade, etc  Search this
Call number:
HF5456.P94 H831 1900
HF5456.P94H831 1900
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_428369

Hawthorne's two "engagements."

Author:
Pearson, Norman Holmes 1909-1975  Search this
Subject:
Hawthorne, Nathaniel 1804-1864  Search this
Hawthorne, Sophia Peabody 1809-1871  Search this
Physical description:
14 p. illus., geneal. table. 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1963
Call number:
PS1881 .P362
PS1881.P362
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_45902

American renaissance; art and expression in the age of Emerson and Whitman [by] F.O. Matthiessen

Author:
Matthiessen, F. O (Francis Otto) 1902-1950  Search this
Subject:
Emerson, Ralph Waldo 1803-1882  Search this
Thoreau, Henry David 1817-1862  Search this
Hawthorne, Nathaniel 1804-1864  Search this
Melville, Herman 1819-1891  Search this
Whitman, Walt 1819-1892  Search this
Physical description:
xxiv p., 2 l., 3-678 p. front., plates, ports. 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1941
[c1941]
19th century
Topic:
American literature--History and criticism  Search this
Literature--Philosophy  Search this
Call number:
PS201 .M44
PS201.M44
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_44144

Salem is my dwelling place : a life of Nathaniel Hawthorne / by Edwin Haviland Miller

Author:
Miller, Edwin Haviland  Search this
Subject:
Hawthorne, Nathaniel 1804-1864 Biography  Search this
Physical description:
xviii, 596 p., [32] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
Salem (Mass.)
Date:
1991
19th century
Topic:
Novelists, American  Search this
Call number:
CT275.H39 M64 1991
CT275.H39M64 1991
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_422746

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