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Henry Hudson and Theo Alice Ruggles Kitson papers

Creator:
Kitson, Henry Hudson, 1863?-1947  Search this
Kitson, Theo Alice Ruggles, 1876-1932  Search this
Names:
Cavanagh, Dorothy, 1907-1986  Search this
Kitson, Samuel James, 1848-1906  Search this
Extent:
5.7 Linear feet ((partially microfilmed on 3 reels))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Scrapbooks
Date:
[187-]-1979
Scope and Contents:
Biographical material, correspondence, writings, art works, legal and financial records, scrapbook, photographic and printing material, and printed matter.
Biographical materials include a copy of Henry Hudson Kitson's birth certificate; his confirmation certificate; a copy of the death certificate of his father, John Kitson; a photograph of the honorable mention certificate received by Theo Ruggles (Kitson) for "Young Orpheus" from the Societe des Artistes Francais, 1890; a letter of reference for her from sculptor George F. Bissell, 1901; her will; calling cards from those who attended her funeral, 1932; biographical data on Henry Kitson; genealogical data on the Kitson family; an incomplete list of works by the Kitsons compiled by Dorothy Patricia Cavanagh; and a diary by Henry Kitson, 1902-1904, containing brief entries pertaining to his daily life and work.
Personal and professional correspondence includes letters from Theo to Henry from Paris, 1890, including an illustrated letter to "my own darling child" (? Henry Kitson) describing her award ceremonies at the Salon, an illustrated letter to her father, written from Rome, describing the city, a letter from Henry Kitson to Miss Tower, ca. 1899, about putting the Minutemen Memorial in Tower Park, Lexington, Mass., letters from him to his wife, 1903, and to "Babsy" (his daughter, Theo), undated, with sketches for constructing a fence and a stone wall, a letter from Alexander J. Schottes, 1905?, containing descriptions and sketches of the studios of Daniel Chester French, Charles Grafly, Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Louis Saint-Gaudens, copies of letters from Kitson to the secretary of Queen Wilhelmina of Holland requesting photos preparatory to making a bust of the Queen, letters from the War Dept. to the Kitsons about their work at Vicksburg, Miss., and letters to Theo from the Gorham Manufacturing Company. Posthumous correspondence includes letters to the Kitsons' son John, his wife Helen, and her sister, Dorothy P. Cavanagh, from sculptor Lee Lawrie, sculptor Milton Horn and his wife, Estelle.
Writings include a poem by Henry Kitson; a description of a "Visit to a Bronze Foundry" (Gruet, Fils, Paris), author unknown, undated; reminiscences by sculptor Lee Lawrie; and a remembrance of Lawrie by Dorothy P. Cavanagh, 1963.
Art works include a childhood sketch by Theo Kitson of her home in Brookline, Massachusetts; sketches of animals; several sketches by her, possibly for monuments; unidentified sketches, chiefly of possible monument designs, probably by one of the Kitsons; a rendering by an architectural firm of a bas-relief designed by Henry Kitson, 1935; 2 caricatures of Kitson by Hiram Jay; an etching by Robert Kitson, 1891; various sketches of Japanese figures and costumes by Hiroshi Yoshida, 1910; and 2 pastels by T. (?) Walser of "Stonegate" (?), home of the Kitsons in Framingham Centre, Mass. Also iIncluded are 4 steel dies for bas-reliefs.
Legal records 1895-1940, include specifications for the Soldiers' Memorial, Vicksburg, Miss., numerous contracts for works by the Kitsons, copyright receipts and certificates, and deeds for sale of real estate. Financial records, 1882-1946, include invoices for casting for Henry Kitson, his bank statements, 1931-32, and his promissory notes.
A large scrapbook, 1888-1954, annotated by Dorothy P. Cavanagh, contains clippings, genealogical information on the Kitson family, photos of works by the Kitsons, personal photographs, correspondence, including letters from Henry Kitson to his future wife, 1892, and postcards to her and their children, a humorous resolution about the "Regiment of Macaroonies," written by Henry Kitson's friends in Paris, 1888, invitations, agreements for sculpture, copies of speeches given at the University of Minnesota for the Student Soldier Memorial Monument dedication.
Photographs are of the Kitsons, their family, homes, studios, Paris, ca. 1900, and their work, including photos of oxen hauling the granite boulder for the base of the "Volunteer" by Theo Kitson from Quincy, Mass. to Vicksburg, Miss., 1904, and scenes of the dedication of the monument. In addition, there are 7 photos of "Work in Progress" by Ellin and Kitson and Company for the Equitable Building, New York, 1887, a photo of the Astor Memorial, Trinity Church, New York, which the firm also worked on, and 6 undated photographs of works by Samuel Kitson.Also included are glass negatives of the Kitson's work.
Printed materials date from 1884-1979.
Biographical / Historical:
Sculptors; Boston, Mass. Henry Hudson Kitson's actual name was Harry Kitson. Theo(dora) Alice Ruggles became his student in 1886 at the age of 15; in 1893 they were married and were notable monumental and portrait sculptors by the turn of the century. They had three children: Theo (also known as Babsy or Babbins), Dorothy and John. Three years after Theo's death, in 1935, Henry married Marie Hobron.
Related Materials:
Additional Kitson letters also located at: New York Historical Society.
Provenance:
The donor, Dorothy P. Cavanagh, was the sister of the Kitsons' daughter-in-law Helen (wife of John), and was writing a biography on the Kitsons up until her death in 1986. The microfilmed material was originally loaned by Cavanagh June 28, 1982 and September 12, 1986, and then donated upon her death by her nephew and executor, Paul Bennet. The unmicrofilmed material was donated by Cavanagh in 1973 and 1976.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Sculptors -- Massachusetts  Search this
Topic:
Sculpture, American  Search this
Sculpture, Modern -- 19th century -- United States  Search this
Sculpture, Modern -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Bronze sculpture, American  Search this
Bronze founding  Search this
Function:
Memorials
Genre/Form:
Scrapbooks
Identifier:
AAA.kitshenr
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9592c6daf-5e0d-4a68-b430-582d87c23232
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-kitshenr

Reverend John J. Gray Memorial, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Kitson, Samuel James 1848-1906  Search this
Subject:
Gray, John J  Search this
Medium:
Bust: bronze; Base: Vermont granite
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures-Gravestone
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by Archdiocese of Boston 175 Broadway Malden Massachusetts 02148
Located St. Mary's Cemetery 226 North Street Salem Massachusetts
Date:
1894
Topic:
Portrait male--Bust  Search this
Occupation--Religion--Clergy  Search this
Control number:
IAS MA000162
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_334501

Rev. M. J. Masterson Memorial, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Kitson, Samuel James 1848-1906  Search this
Fabricator:
J. N. White & Sons  Search this
Subject:
Masterson, M. J  Search this
Medium:
Bust: bronze; Base: gray granite
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures-Gravestone
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by Archdiocese of Boston 175 Broadway Malden Massachusetts 02148
Located St. Mary's Cemetery 226 North Street Salem Massachusetts
Date:
1895
Topic:
Portrait male--Bust  Search this
Occupation--Religion--Clergy  Search this
Control number:
IAS MA000163
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_334502

The Bishop's Monument, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Kitson, Samuel James 1848-1906  Search this
Gosselin, Lucien H. 1883-1940  Search this
Designer:
McAuliffe, T. J.  Search this
Contractor:
Mannex, T. F.  Search this
Subject:
Bradley, Denis M  Search this
Delany, John B  Search this
Guertin, George A  Search this
Peterson, John  Search this
Medium:
Sculpture: gray granite; Relief medallions: bronze; Base: gray granite
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures-Relief
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by Roman Catholic Bishop of Manchester 145 Lowell Street Manchester New Hampshire 03104
Located Saint Joseph's Cathedral 145 Lowell Street Manchester New Hampshire
Date:
Dedicated Dec. 24, 1905
Topic:
Portrait male--Bust  Search this
Occupation--Religion--Bishop  Search this
Dress--Ecclesiastical  Search this
Emblem--Cross  Search this
Religion--Angel  Search this
Animal--Bird--Eagle  Search this
Animal--Cattle  Search this
Animal--Lion  Search this
Control number:
IAS NH000457
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_339074

Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch, (sculpture)

Architect:
Keller, George W. 1842-1935  Search this
Sculptor:
Entress, Albert  Search this
Buberl, Caspar 1834-1899  Search this
Kitson, Samuel James 1848-1906  Search this
Contractor:
Bissell, Hiram  Search this
Budde, Augustus  Search this
Fabricator:
Boston Terra Cotta Company  Search this
Medium:
Arch: brownstone; Frieze: terra-cotta; Angels: bronze
Culture:
African American  Search this
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures-Arch
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by City of Hartford Parks and Recreation Department 25 Stonington Street Hartford Connecticut 06106
Located Bushnell Park Ford & Trinity Street Hartford Connecticut 06103
Date:
1884-1886. Dedicated Sept. 17, 1886. Tower statues: 1894
Topic:
History--United States--Civil War  Search this
Occupation--Farm--Farmer  Search this
Occupation--Craft--Smithing  Search this
Occupation--Industry--Construction  Search this
Occupation--Education--Student  Search this
Figure male  Search this
Ethnic  Search this
Occupation--Other--Slave  Search this
Religion--Angel  Search this
Object--Musical Instrument--Trumpet  Search this
Object--Musical Instrument--Cymbal  Search this
Control number:
IAS 75001654
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_4319

Frederic Thomas Greenhalge, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Kitson, Samuel James 1848-1906  Search this
Subject:
Greenhalge, Frederic Thomas  Search this
Medium:
Marble
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Massachusetts State House Beacon Hill Boston Massachusetts 02133 Accession Number: 1896.1
Date:
1895
Topic:
Portrait male--Bust  Search this
Occupation--Political--Mayor  Search this
Occupation--Political--Congressman  Search this
Occupation--Political--Governor  Search this
Control number:
IAS 20550011
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_296722

Elisha Converse, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Kitson, Samuel James 1848-1906  Search this
Subject:
Converse, Elisha  Search this
Medium:
Bronze
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Malden Public Library 36 Salem Street Malden Massachusetts 02148
Topic:
Portrait male--Bust  Search this
Control number:
IAS 77000646
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_10981

Mary Diana Converse, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Kitson, Samuel James 1848-1906  Search this
Subject:
Converse, Mary Diana  Search this
Medium:
Marble
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Malden Public Library 36 Salem Street Malden Massachusetts 02148
Topic:
Portrait female--Bust  Search this
Control number:
IAS 77000647
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_10982

Samuel J. Tilden, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Kitson, Samuel James 1848-1906  Search this
Subject:
Tilden, Samuel J  Search this
Medium:
Marble
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
New York Public Library Fifth Avenue & 42nd Street New York New York 10018
Topic:
Portrait male--Bust  Search this
Occupation--Political  Search this
Control number:
IAS 76006654
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_17478

Memorial to Gen. Philip Sheridan, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Kitson, Samuel James 1848-1906  Search this
Subject:
Sheridan, Philip Henry  Search this
Medium:
Bronze & granite
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Arlington National Cemetery Fort Myer Virginia
Date:
1889
Topic:
Portrait male  Search this
Occupation--Military--General  Search this
Control number:
IAS 76006655
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_17479

Bust of Elisha S. Converse, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Kitson, Samuel James 1848-1906  Search this
Subject:
Converse, Elisha S  Search this
Medium:
Marble
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Malden Public Library 36 Salem Street Malden Massachusetts 02148
Topic:
Portrait male--Bust  Search this
Control number:
IAS 21850001
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_24192

Orestes Augustus Brownson Memorial, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Kitson, Samuel James 1848-1906  Search this
Subject:
Brownson, Orestes Augustus  Search this
Medium:
Sculpture: bronze; Pedestal: granite
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Fordham University Bronx New York
Date:
Dedicated October 12, 1910
Topic:
Portrait male--Bust  Search this
Occupation--Writer--Editor  Search this
Occupation--Religion--Clergy  Search this
Control number:
IAS 76002789
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_5768

Bust of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Kitson, Samuel James 1848-1906  Search this
Subject:
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth  Search this
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Boston Public Library 700 Boylston Street Boston Massachusetts 02116
Topic:
Portrait male--Bust  Search this
Occupation--Writer--Poet  Search this
Control number:
IAS 77000075
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_9953

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