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Recueil d'architecture civile, contenant les plans, coupes et élévations des châteaux, maisons de campagne, et habitations rurales, jardins anglais, temples, chaumières, kiosques, ponts, etc. etc. situés aux environs de Paris et dans les départemens voisins, avec les décorations intérieures, et le détail de ce qui concerne l'embellissement des jardins (Album of Civilian Architecture, containing the Plans, Sections and Elevations of the Chateaux, Country Houses and Rural Habitations, English Gardens, Temples, Cottages, Kiosques, Bridges etc. etc. situated Around Paris and in the Neighboring Departments, with the Interior Decorations and Detail of the Embellishments of Gardens)

Draftsman:
Jean-Charles Krafft, French, 1764 - 1833  Search this
Medium:
Black ink on cream paper
Type:
albums (bound) & books
Album
Object Name:
Album
Made in:
France
Date:
1806-12
Credit Line:
Purchased for the Museum by the Advisory Council
Accession Number:
1921-6-552
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1921-6-552
Online Media:

[Trade catalogs from Heywood-Wakefield Streamline Maple]

Variant company name:
Established 1826; Jane's office ; Modern American home  Search this
Company Name:
Heywood-Wakefield Streamline Maple  Search this
Related companies:
Heywood-Wakefield  Search this
Includes:
Trade catalog
Black and white images
Physical description:
1 piece; 1 box
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
Gardner, Massachusetts, United States
Date:
1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Furniture and furnishings  Search this
Topic:
Furniture industry and trade  Search this
House furnishings  Search this
Interior decoration  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_10234
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_10234

[Trade catalogs from Gordon-Van Tine Co.]

Variant company name:
Modern American Home  Search this
Company Name:
Gordon-Van Tine Co.  Search this
Notes content:
for homebuilders, high quality millwork, lumber, roofing, paint and hardware
Includes:
Trade catalog and price lists
Black and white images
Color images
Physical description:
1 piece; 1 box
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
Davenport, Iowa, United States
Date:
1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Furniture and furnishings  Search this
Paint; varnishes; adhesives; coatings; etc.  Search this
Architectural designs and building materials  Search this
Topic:
"Decoration and ornament, Architectural"  Search this
Adhesives  Search this
Architectural design  Search this
Building materials  Search this
Furniture industry and trade  Search this
House furnishings  Search this
Interior decoration  Search this
Paint industry and trade  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_10231
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_10231

[Trade catalogs from Highbee's]

Company Name:
Highbee's  Search this
Notes content:
clothing ; accessories ; glassware ; ceramics ; decor ; furnishings
Includes:
Trade catalog and price lists
Color images
Physical description:
2 pieces; 1 box
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Date:
1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Clothing (including hats; shoes; accessories; etc)  Search this
Department store; dry goods and mail order catalogs  Search this
Foods and beverage products and processing equipment (including brewing; distilleries; beer; wine; etc.)  Search this
Furniture and furnishings  Search this
Topic:
Beverage industry  Search this
Clothing and dress  Search this
Commercial catalogs  Search this
Department stores  Search this
Distilleries  Search this
Dress accessories  Search this
Dry-goods  Search this
Food industry and trade  Search this
Furniture industry and trade  Search this
Hats  Search this
House furnishings  Search this
Interior decoration  Search this
Shoes  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_42655
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_42655

Book

Designer:
Johann Michael Hoppenhaupt II, 1709–ca. 1750  Search this
Type:
ornament
Book
Made in:
Germany
Date:
1753
Credit Line:
Purchased for the Museum by the Advisory Council
Accession Number:
1921-6-221
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1921-6-221

Jeremiah Gurney

Artist:
Jeremiah Gurney, 12 Oct 1812 - 21 Apr 1895  Search this
Sitter:
Jeremiah Gurney, 12 Oct 1812 - 21 Apr 1895  Search this
Medium:
Salted paper print
Dimensions:
Image/Sheet: 41.4 × 35.9 cm (16 5/16 × 14 1/8")
Mount: 46.4 × 35.9 cm (18 1/4 × 14 1/8")
Frame: 80 × 64.7 cm (31 1/2 × 25 1/2")
Mat: 71.1 × 55.9 cm (28 × 22")
Type:
Photograph
Date:
c. 1859
Topic:
Interior  Search this
Printed Material\Book  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Table  Search this
Printed Material\Papers  Search this
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Beard  Search this
Jeremiah Gurney: Male  Search this
Jeremiah Gurney: Literature\Writer  Search this
Jeremiah Gurney: Business and Finance\Businessperson\Dealer\Art dealer  Search this
Jeremiah Gurney: Visual Arts\Artist\Photographer\Daguerreotypist  Search this
Jeremiah Gurney: Science and Technology\Inventor\Photography  Search this
Jeremiah Gurney: Crafts and Trades\Craftsman\Jeweler  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Larry J. West
Object number:
S/NPG.2007.71
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
See more items in:
National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm443497ad4-b8fd-40ae-bce7-028d2b218180
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_S_NPG.2007.71

Robert Dole, February 2, 1988, Plymouth, New Hampshire

Artist:
Arthur Grace, born 7 May 1947  Search this
Sitter:
Robert Joseph Dole, born 22 Jul 1923  Search this
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 25.7 × 10.7 cm (10 1/8 × 4 3/16")
Sheet: 35.6 × 27.8 cm (14 × 10 15/16")
Type:
Photograph
Place:
United States\New Hampshire\Grafton\Plymouth
Date:
1988
Topic:
Interior  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair\Armchair  Search this
Architecture\Fireplace  Search this
Robert Joseph Dole: Male  Search this
Robert Joseph Dole: Politics and Government\Presidential Candidate  Search this
Robert Joseph Dole: Politics and Government\US Senator\Majority Leader  Search this
Robert Joseph Dole: Politics and Government\US Senator\Kansas  Search this
Robert Joseph Dole: Military\Officer  Search this
Robert Joseph Dole: Politics and Government\US Congressman\Kansas  Search this
Robert Joseph Dole: Presidential Medal of Freedom  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Gift from the Trustees of the Corcoran Gallery of Art (Gift of Arthur Grace) The Corcoran Gallery of Art, one of the country’s first private museums, was established in 1869 to promote art and American genius. In 2014 the Works from the Corcoran Collection were distributed to institutions in Washington, D.C.
Object number:
S/NPG.2019.47
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright:
© Arthur Grace
See more items in:
National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4f1e87edb-c8c0-4f63-87d5-a5b3b8920698
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_S_NPG.2019.47

Mr. Fowler

Artist:
John Bradley, active 1831 - 1847  Search this
Sitter:
Mr. Fowler, 19th century  Search this
Medium:
Oil and distemper on canvas
Dimensions:
34 in. x 28 in. (86.36 cm x 71.12 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
1836
Topic:
Interior  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair  Search this
Printed Material\Newspaper  Search this
Home Furnishings\Drape  Search this
Costume\Jewelry\Chain  Search this
Costume\Jewelry\Brooch\Cameo  Search this
Mr. Fowler: Male  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester
Object number:
97.19 MAG
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm40a73ccc4-e7d0-4cb1-8a6b-129d8e661ee4
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_97.19_MAG

Mrs. Fowler

Artist:
John Bradley, active 1831 - 1847  Search this
Sitter:
Mrs. Fowler, 19th century  Search this
Medium:
Oil and distemper on canvas
Dimensions:
34 in. x 28 in. (86.36 cm x 71.12 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
1836
Topic:
Costume\Jewelry\Earring  Search this
Interior  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair  Search this
Printed Material\Book  Search this
Costume\Jewelry\Brooch  Search this
Costume\Jewelry\Ring  Search this
Home Furnishings\Drape  Search this
Costume\Jewelry\Chain  Search this
Costume\Hair Accessory  Search this
Costume\Hair Accessory\Comb  Search this
Costume\Jewelry\Brooch\Cameo  Search this
Mrs. Fowler: Female  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester
Object number:
97.20 MAG
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4d643e0a4-6175-4af3-b268-76ac17be1c8f
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_97.20_MAG

Lukas Foss

Artist:
Naomi Savage, 25 Jun 1927 - 22 Nov 2005  Search this
Sitter:
Lukas Foss, 15 Aug 1922 - 1 Feb 2009  Search this
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image/Sheet: 25.3 × 20.3 cm (9 15/16 × 8")
Mat: 55.9 × 40.7 cm (22 × 16")
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1949
Topic:
Interior  Search this
Lukas Foss: Male  Search this
Lukas Foss: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician  Search this
Lukas Foss: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Composer  Search this
Lukas Foss: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Pianist  Search this
Lukas Foss: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Conductor  Search this
Lukas Foss: Art Award\Rome Prize  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.97.115
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright:
© Estate of Naomi Savage
See more items in:
National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4730099e2-0eb5-4c0c-b3a3-b0e3bbd83a76
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.97.115

Alan Scott Hovhaness

Artist:
Naomi Savage, 25 Jun 1927 - 22 Nov 2005  Search this
Sitter:
Alan Scott Hovhaness, 8 Mar 1911 - 21 Jun 2000  Search this
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image/Sheet: 25.1 × 20 cm (9 7/8 × 7 7/8")
Mat: 55.9 × 40.7 cm (22 × 16")
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1949
Topic:
Interior\Interior with Exterior View  Search this
Architecture\Window  Search this
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Mustache  Search this
Home Furnishings\Curtain  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Tie\Necktie  Search this
Music\Music stand  Search this
Alan Scott Hovhaness: Male  Search this
Alan Scott Hovhaness: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Composer  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.97.116
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright:
© Estate of Naomi Savage
See more items in:
National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm44a139280-ed29-458e-8d6d-fa37788aa457
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.97.116

Nicolas Slonimsky

Artist:
Naomi Savage, 25 Jun 1927 - 22 Nov 2005  Search this
Sitter:
Nicolas Slonimsky, 27 Apr 1894 - 25 Dec 1995  Search this
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image/Sheet: 23.1 × 18.7 cm (9 1/8 × 7 3/8")
Mount: 26.8 × 19.7 cm (10 9/16 × 7 3/4")
Mat: 55.9 × 40.7 cm (22 × 16")
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1949
Topic:
Interior  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Tie\Necktie  Search this
Nicolas Slonimsky: Male  Search this
Nicolas Slonimsky: Humanities and Social Sciences\Musicologist  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.97.118
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright:
© Estate of Naomi Savage
See more items in:
National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm478badb17-ce32-4a79-8ec9-9c91d73700f2
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.97.118

Virgil Thompson

Artist:
Naomi Savage, 25 Jun 1927 - 22 Nov 2005  Search this
Sitter:
Virgil Garnett Thomson, 25 Nov 1896 - 30 Sep 1989  Search this
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image/sheet: 25.2 x 20.1 cm (9 15/16 x 7 15/16")
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1949
Topic:
Interior  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Tie\Necktie  Search this
Virgil Garnett Thomson: Male  Search this
Virgil Garnett Thomson: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Composer  Search this
Virgil Garnett Thomson: Humanities and Social Sciences\Critic\Music  Search this
Virgil Garnett Thomson: Pulitzer Prize  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.97.119
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright:
© Estate of Naomi Savage
See more items in:
National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4a2426560-3a16-4cf7-8113-a388a44b1984
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.97.119

Edgard Varèse

Artist:
Naomi Savage, 25 Jun 1927 - 22 Nov 2005  Search this
Sitter:
Edgard Varèse, 22 Dec 1883 - 6 Nov 1965  Search this
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image/Sheet: 25.3 × 20.2 cm (9 15/16 × 7 15/16")
Mat: 56 × 40.7 cm (22 1/16 × 16")
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1949
Topic:
Interior  Search this
Architecture\Window  Search this
Edgard Varèse: Male  Search this
Edgard Varèse: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Composer  Search this
Edgard Varèse: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Conductor  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.97.120
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright:
© Estate of Naomi Savage
See more items in:
National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4182708b3-af2c-4569-bce0-6b10116b3189
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.97.120

Mrs. Gillespie

Artist:
Unidentified Artist  Search this
Possibly:
Mrs. Gillespie, mid 18th - 19th century  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
65.5cm x 52.8cm (25 13/16" x 20 13/16"), Sight
Type:
Painting
Date:
c. 1825
Topic:
Costume\Jewelry\Necklace  Search this
Interior  Search this
Costume\Headgear\Hat\Bonnet  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Ribbon  Search this
Mrs. Gillespie: Female  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Private Collection
Owner: Private collection
Object number:
SSSA4099
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4158ecb91-74a6-43d8-8e45-6fbbc5203724
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_SSSA4099

Linjan District (Iran): Pir-i Bakran Mausoleum: Detail View of Carved Stucco Ornamentation

Creator:
Herzfeld, Ernst, 1879-1948  Search this
Names:
Herzfeld, Ernst, 1879-1948  Search this
Collection Creator:
Herzfeld, Ernst, 1879-1948  Search this
Extent:
1 Glass negative (b&w, 18 cm. x 13 cm.)
Type:
Archival materials
Glass negatives
Place:
Asia
Iran
Iran -- Kermanshah -- Linjan
Scope and Contents:
Handwritten notes accompanying related print in photo file 11, vol. 2 reads, "Pīr i Bakrān. Interior."
Additional information from Finding Aid reads, "Subseries 4.11: Photo File 11 (2 vols.), "Persian Architecture and Landscapes," Subseries 4.11.2: vol. 2; Image No. 237 (Negative Number: 2618). Pir-i Bakran, interior. Decorated spandril."
Arrangement:
Glass Negatives, numbered from 1 to 3850, are housed in document boxes, and stored on shelves."
Local Numbers:
FSA A.6 04.GN.2618
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.
Topic:
Art of the Islamic World  Search this
Archaeology  Search this
Architecture  Search this
Decoration and ornament  Search this
Stucco  Search this
Shrines  Search this
Genre/Form:
Glass negatives
Collection Citation:
Ernst Herzfeld Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. Gift of Ernst Herzfeld, 1946
Identifier:
FSA.A.06, Item FSA A.6 04.GN.2618
See more items in:
Ernst Herzfeld Papers
Ernst Herzfeld Papers / Series 4: Photographic Files
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-fsa-a-06-ref28279

Linjan District (Iran): Pir-i Bakran Mausoleum, Eastern Wall of the Main Hall: View of Elaborate Carved Stucco Ornamentation Carved in Side Wall of One of the Two Arched Recesses

Creator:
Herzfeld, Ernst, 1879-1948  Search this
Names:
Herzfeld, Ernst, 1879-1948  Search this
Collection Creator:
Herzfeld, Ernst, 1879-1948  Search this
Extent:
1 Glass negative (b&w, 18 cm. x 13 cm.)
Type:
Archival materials
Glass negatives
Place:
Asia
Iran
Iran -- Kermanshah -- Linjan
Scope and Contents:
Handwritten notes accompanying related print in photo file 11, vol. 2 reads, "Pīr i Bakrān. Interior. Decorative panel."
Additional information from Finding Aid reads, "Subseries 4.11: Photo File 11 (2 vols.), "Persian Architecture and Landscapes," Subseries 4.11.2: vol. 2; Image No. 243 (Negative Number: 2623). Pir-i Bakran, interior. Side panel."
Arrangement:
Glass Negatives, numbered from 1 to 3850, are housed in document boxes, and stored on shelves."
Local Numbers:
FSA A.6 04.GN.2623
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.
Topic:
Art of the Islamic World  Search this
Archaeology  Search this
Architecture  Search this
Decoration and ornament  Search this
Shrines  Search this
Stucco  Search this
Genre/Form:
Glass negatives
Collection Citation:
Ernst Herzfeld Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. Gift of Ernst Herzfeld, 1946
Identifier:
FSA.A.06, Item FSA A.6 04.GN.2623
See more items in:
Ernst Herzfeld Papers
Ernst Herzfeld Papers / Series 4: Photographic Files
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-fsa-a-06-ref28285

Linjan District (Iran): Pir-i Bakran Mausoleum, Rear Wall of Large Iwan: Detail View of Carved Stucco Ornamentation on Screen Wall Defining the Tomb Chamber

Creator:
Herzfeld, Ernst, 1879-1948  Search this
Names:
Herzfeld, Ernst, 1879-1948  Search this
Collection Creator:
Herzfeld, Ernst, 1879-1948  Search this
Extent:
1 Glass negative (b&w, 13 cm. x 18 cm.)
Type:
Archival materials
Glass negatives
Place:
Asia
Iran
Iran -- Kermanshah -- Linjan
Scope and Contents:
Handwritten notes accompanying related print in photo file 11, vol. 2 reads, "Pīr i Bakrān. Detail."
Additional information from Finding Aid reads, "Subseries 4.11: Photo File 11 (2 vols.), "Persian Architecture and Landscapes," Subseries 4.11.2: vol. 2; Image No. 247 (Negative Number: 2629). Pir-i Bakran, interior. Decoration."
Arrangement:
Glass Negatives, numbered from 1 to 3850, are housed in document boxes, and stored on shelves."
Local Numbers:
FSA A.6 04.GN.2629
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.
Topic:
Art of the Islamic World  Search this
Archaeology  Search this
Architecture  Search this
Decoration and ornament  Search this
Shrines  Search this
Stucco  Search this
Genre/Form:
Glass negatives
Collection Citation:
Ernst Herzfeld Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. Gift of Ernst Herzfeld, 1946
Identifier:
FSA.A.06, Item FSA A.6 04.GN.2629
See more items in:
Ernst Herzfeld Papers
Ernst Herzfeld Papers / Series 4: Photographic Files
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-fsa-a-06-ref28289

James McNeill Whistler collection

Creator:
Whistler, James McNeill, 1834-1903  Search this
Names:
Company of the Butterfly  Search this
Royal Academy of Arts (Great Britain)  Search this
Salon (Exhibition : Paris, France)  Search this
Salon des refusés  Search this
World's Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.)  Search this
Anderson, Christine  Search this
Beck, J. W.  Search this
Boehm, Joseph Edgar, Sir, 1834-1890  Search this
Bronson, Katharine de Kay, 1834-1901  Search this
Burnett, Frances Hodgson, 1849-1924  Search this
Burnett, Swan M. (Swan Moses), 1847-1906  Search this
Ford, Sheridan, d. 1922  Search this
Lee, George Washington Custis, 1832-1913  Search this
Lee, Robert E. (Robert Edward), 1807-1870  Search this
Leighton of Stretton, Frederic Leighton, Baron, 1830-1896  Search this
Lucas, George A., 1824-1909  Search this
Pollitt, Herbert Charles Jerome, 1871-1942  Search this
Wilde, Oscar, 1854-1900  Search this
Extent:
0.2 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Postcards
Pamphlets
Date:
1863-1906, circa 1940
Summary:
The collection measures 0.2 linear feet and provides scattered documentation of the career of American-born British-based painter and etcher James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) through 39 items from Whistler to various recipients, including 25 letters, 9 telegraphs, 3 invitations, one thank you card and a postcard. The collection also contains 4 letters from others, 7 catalogs of Whistler exhibitions, a note from the back of Whistler's painting The Beach at Selsey Bill, and a 1906 copy of Wilde v. Whistler: being an acromonious correspondence on art between Oscar Wilde and James A. McNeill Whistler, a pamphlet containing letters originally published in London newspapers between 1885 and 1890.
Scope and Content Note:
The collection measures 0.2 linear feet and provides scattered documentation of the career of American-born British-based painter and etcher James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) through 39 items from Whistler to various recipients, including 25 letters, 9 telegraphs, 3 invitations, one thank you card and a postcard. The collection also contains 4 letters from others, 7 catalogs of Whistler exhibitions, a note from the back of Whistler's painting The Beach at Selsey Bill, and a 1906 copy of Wilde v. Whistler: being an acromonious correspondence on art between Oscar Wilde and James A. McNeill Whistler, a pamphlet containing letters originally published in London newspapers between 1885 and 1890.

The Whistler letters found here touch on some important events in Whistler's career. One letter to George Lucas, an American art dealer in Paris, discusses his plans to send Symphony in White, No. 1: The White Girl to the Paris Salon of 1863. Rejected by the Royal Academy of Arts in London in 1862, the painting was also refused by the Paris Salon but shown ultimately in the landmark exhibition at the Salon des Refusés.

Also found are a circa 1879 letter to the eldest son of Robert E. Lee, General George Washington Custis Lee, with whom Whistler had been a cadet at West Point, recommending sculptor Joseph Boehm for an equestrian statue for memorializing Lee and expressing Whistler's veneration for the Confederate general; a circa 1880 letter from Whistler, written during his 14 months in Venice, to Katharine de Kay Bronson, who presided over the expatriate community there; 2 circa 1892-1893 letters documenting Whistler's determination to pursue Sheridan Ford through the courts in response to Ford's publication of a contraband version of Whistler's book The Gentle Art of Making Enemies; and a circa 1897 letter to J. W. Beck, sent in response to Beck's request on behalf of the Royal Academy that he exhibit with the British contingent at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. In the letter Whistler insults Sir Frederic Leighton, the Royal Academy's president, retaliating against previous slights including having his paintings hung well above eye-level, or "skied".

Although few, if any, records survive about the creation of The Company of the Butterfly, a syndicate established in 1897 for selling Whistler's work, the collection contains one letter from Christine Anderson, the secretary of the Company, to one of it's first clients, Herbert Charles Pollitt.

The collection also contains an 1883 invitation from Whistler to Dr. Swan Burnett and his wife, children's author Frances Hodgson Burnett, to view etchings and drypoints and a note written by Whistler and signed with the butterfly, taken from the back of the painting Beach at Selsey Bill (1865).

Seven catalogs dating from 1892-1910 and circa 1940 document Whistler exhibitions in London and the United States.

Seven of the Whistler items are signed with his butterfly signature and all letters sent after his wife's death in May 1896 are on mourning stationary.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 1 series:

Series 1: James McNeill Whistler Collection, 1863-1906, circa 1940 (Box 1; 0.2 linear ft.)
Biographical Note:
London-based painter and etcher, James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) was born in Lowell, Massachusetts and lived in St. Petersburg and London as a child before returning to the United States on the death of his father in 1849. After a failed attempt at a military career at West Point from 1851-1853, he worked as a draftsman for the Coast Survey from 1854-1855 where he received technical instruction in etching. Whistler then left for Paris and remained an expatriot for the rest of his life, living alternately in Paris and London. He studied briefly in Paris at the Ecole Impériale, but was influenced more heavily by his own studies of the great masters and his contemporaries, including Henri Fantin-Latour, Charles Baudelaire, Gustave Courbet, and Edouard Manet.

Whistler's reputation as an etcher was firmly established with the 1858 publication of his group of "French Set" etchings. Shortly thereafter he settled in London and began work on his first major painting At the Piano (1859). His paintings, such as Symphony in White No. 1 The White Girl, (1862; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.) and later portraits such as Arrangement in Black and Grey No. 1: The Artist's Mother (1871; Musée d'Orsay, Paris), won him international acclaim. His style was not easily defined although he was influenced by Realism and Impressionism and by Japanese art styles, which can be seen in his "Nocturne" landscapes, exhibited in 1877 at the Grovesnor Gallery in London, and influenced the development of his "butterfly signature" in the 1860s.

When art critic John Ruskin wrote a scathing review of the "Nocturnes" exhibition, Whistler sued for libel and won, although the resulting legal fees drove him into bankruptcy. He spent 14 months in Venice on a commission for the Fine Art Society and produced a succession of etchings and pastels that were subsequently exhibited in 1883 and helped to stabilize his financial situation.

In 1885 Whistler, famous for his witty and flamboyant personality, published his Ten O'Clock Lecture which espoused his belief in "art for arts sake," and asserted his refusal to ascribe narratives or morality to his art. Whistler's "Ten O'Clock" drew a response from Oscar Wilde and a public discourse between the two men followed in the London newspapers. It was later published in the pamphlet Wilde v. Whistler: being an acrimonious correspondence on art between Oscar Wilde and James A. McNeill Whistler.

In 1890 Whistler published The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, a collection of his best letters and witticisms. The book had originally been the idea of American journalist Sheridan Ford, to whom Whistler had advanced money which he then withdrew with the intent of completing the project alone. When Ford retaliated with a contraband edition of the book, Whistler pursued him through the courts and Ford was tried in Belgium in 1891.

Toward the end of his life Whistler focused increasingly on etching, drypoint and lithography, in addition to interior decoration such as the Peacock Room for Frederick Leyland's London residence begun in 1876. A happy marriage to Beatrix Godwin in 1888 ended in her death in May 1896. By the time of his death in London in 1903, Whistler was regarded as major artist of international renown.
Related Material:
The Archives holds several collections relating to James McNeill Whistler including the Katherine Prince collection relating to James McNeill Whistler, 1835- 1892; Edward Guthrie Kennedy papers concerning James McNeill Whistler in the New York Public Library, 1850-1902 and Selected papers concerning James McNeill Whistler in the New York Public Library, 1830-1950 (available on microfilm only, reel N25; originals reside at the New York Public Library); and James McNeill Whistler collection in the University of Glasgow, Special Collections, circa 1830-1963 (available on microfilm only, reels 4600-4611 and 4683-4699; originals reside in the Glasgow University Library, Dept. of Special Collections).
Provenance:
The collection was compiled from a series of accessions donated between 1959 and 2003. Most of the items in the collection were given to the Archives of American Art by Charles Feinberg in 1959. The pamphlet Wilde v. Whistler was donated by Mrs. Lois Field in 1964 and an invitation to Dr. and Mrs. Burnett was donated by Martha Fleischman in 2003.
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 dealers -- France -- Paris  Search this
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Topic:
Painting, American  Search this
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Genre/Form:
Postcards
Pamphlets
Citation:
James McNeill Whistler collection, 1863-1906, circa 1940. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.whisjame2
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General Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Cox, Allyn, 1896-1982  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1916-1982
Scope and Contents:
General correspondence documents Cox's career and professional relationships with artists and architects, art institutions and organizations, federal, state and local government agencies and members of congress; private clients including banks and residences; and private social clubs in which Cox was active.

Cox's work at the United States Capitol is well represented here through correspondence, resumes, legal documents including contracts, condition reports, congressional reports and resolutions, and photographic material. Substantial correspondence between Cox and Representative Frank Schwengel document their earliest discussions when Cox first indicated his interest in the Capitol commission, and their ongoing professional relationship as the work continued. Also found is correspondence with artists Arthur Conrad, Adrian Lamb and Deane Keller who worked under Cox in his capacity as supervising artist on the portraits for the Senate Reception Room; and correspondence with the United States Capitol Historical Society, the office of the Architect of the Capitol, the Smithsonian Institution, and various historical societies and organizations with whom Cox consulted during the research phases of the Capitol projects. Correspondence with Cox's assistant, Cliff Young, is generally filed separately.

14 folders of records including correspondence, memoranda, and contracts, document Cox's work for the George Washington Masonic National Memorial.

American Battle Monuments Commission records include correspondence and contracts with architects Francis Keally and John Harbeson, and mosaic fabricator Fabrizio Cassio. Also found is correspondence with: architects John Barrington Bayley, Charles Downing Lay, Philip Trammell Shutze, with whom Cox collaborated on a variety of private residences including the Calhoun House in Atlanta, Georgia, and Roscoe DeWitt, who worked with Cox on a commission for St. Paul's Hospital in Dallas, Texas; artists Stuart Frost, Edward Laning; historian Bernard Berenson; interior decorator Emma Romeyn; journalist Joseph C. Harsch; models, including Jay Martin; and writer Katharine Hayden Salter who wrote many letters to Cox on the subject of Kenyon Cox.

Dumbarton Oaks records include correspondence with Mildred Bliss, Venetian Art Mosaics Inc Studio, and others involved in the project to replace Cox's deteriorating exterior loggia mural of Diana and Actaeon with a glass mosaic design of the painting. Cox's work with Venetian Art Mosaics Inc. also extended to other projects, such as the mosaic panels for the General Grant National Memorial (formerly Grant's Tomb), in New York City.

Art Students League correspondence docments Cox's role as instructor at the League, 1940-1941. Art Commission of the City of New York records document Cox's service on the Art Commission.

Correspondence with Nathaniel Pulsifer, and with Essex County Greenbelt Assocation, documents matters related to the Cox Reservation, a property purchased by Allyn Cox in 1940 as a summer home with a barn which he used as his studio, and which he donated to the Essex County Greenbelt in 1974.

Cox's membership in private social organizations, including nomination and acceptance of new members, can be found in the the Century Association, Cosmopolitan Club, and Cosmos Club folders.
Arrangement:
Correspondence is arranged alphabetically, typically in named files for those correspondents represented with 5 or more items, and general letter files for all others.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information. Glass plate negatives are housed separately and are closed to researchers,

Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
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:
Allyn Cox papers, 1856-1982. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.coxally, Subseries 2.2
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Allyn Cox papers / Series 2: Correspondence
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