Photographs, correspondence, sales and exhibition files, awards and certificates, and a diary.
REELS 1180-1182: Correspondence; awards and certificates; and ten pages of diary, February and March 1908. Diary entries concern Melchers's visit at the White House while President Theodore Roosevelt was sitting for a portrait by Melchers. The correspondence includes general and business correspondence, and an extensive personal correspondence with his wife.
REEL 1407: Family correspondence, 1901-1916, general correspondence, 1892-1932, and correspondence of his widow and brother-in-law; sales and exhibition files, 1915-1947, which contain lists of paintings, correspondence, and printed matter.
REEL 1427: Photographs of Melchers, Melchers' studios, models, and friends, among them George Hitchcock, and photographs of Melchers' paintings.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter, mural painter and portrait painter. Lived at "Belmont", his home in Falmouth, Virginia, near Fredericksburg. Born in Detroit, Michigan. Studied at Royal Art Academy, Dusseldorf, Germany; and Ecole des Beaux-Arts and Academie Julian, Paris. Won Grand Prize at 1889 Paris Exposition along with John Singer Sargent. Received LL.D. from the University of Michigan. Painted portrait of President Theodore Roosevelt in 1908. Invited to paint murals for the Library of Congress and the Chicago World's Columbian Exposition of 1893. Member of the International Board of Judges at the Chicago Exposition. President of the New Society of Artists, 1920-1929.
Lent for microfilming 1977-1978 by Belmont-The Gari Melchers Memorial Gallery.
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Scope and Contents:
Biographical forms completed by artists and illustrators for the Art League Publishing Company's ARTISTS YEAR BOOK. Each contains details written by the artist concerning parentage, exhibitions and collections containing his work, books illustrated, memberships in clubs, etc.
Included are forms from: Hugo Ballin, Frederick E. Bartlett, James C. Beckwith, William V. Birney, Karl Bitter, Albert D. Blashfield, Carle Joan Blenner, Frederick A. Bridgman, Bolton Brown, Ray Brown, George Elmer Browne, George De Forest Brush, Henry Kirke Bush-Brown, Walter A. Clark, Kenyon Cox, Lockwood De Forest, Harry Fenn, James E. Fraser, Walter Granville-Smith, Jules Guerin, Birge Harrison, Thomas A. Harrison, Ernest Haskell, Albert Herter, George Hitchcock, Lucius Wolcott Hitchcock, Edward Kemeys, William S. Kendall, Alonzo Kimball, Charles MacCord, Thomas R. Manley, Richard F. Maynard, George H. McCord, Thomas Meteyard, Francis D. Millet, John H. Mills, Edward P. Moran, Henry Mosler,
Herman D. Murphy, Leonard Ochtman, Frederick B. Opper, Eric Pape, Ernest Peixotto, Edward Penfield, Louis M. Potter, Edward W. Redfield, Henry Reuterdahl, Louis J. Rhead, Henry Sandham, William Sartain, Claude A. Shepperson, Florence Scovel Shinn, George H. Smillie, James D. Smillie, Frederic D. Steele, Julian Story, Lorado Taft, Henry O. Tanner, Frank W. Taylor, Dwight W. Tryon, Charles Henry Turner, Charles Yardley Turner, Ross S. Turner, Simon H. Vedder, Carleton Wiggins, Irving R. Wiles, Henry Wolf, Charles H. Woodbury, Rufus F. Zogbaum, and George J. Zolnay.
Biographical / Historical:
Art publishing house; Chicago, Ill. Published, THE ARTISTS YEAR BOOK: A HANDY REFERENCE BOOK WHEREIN MAY BE FOUND INTERESTING DATA PERTAINING TO ARTISTS, AND THEIR STUDIO, HOME, AND SUMMER ADDRESSES, FOR 1905-1906. Arthur Hosking was the editor.
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