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Ferargil Galleries records, circa 1900-1963

Creator:
Ferargil Galleries  Search this
Subject:
Miller, Barse  Search this
Lucioni, Luigi  Search this
Parsons, Lloyd  Search this
Parrish, Maxfield  Search this
Platt, Dan Fellows  Search this
Pike, John  Search this
Sample, Paul  Search this
Price, F. Newlin (Frederic Newlin)  Search this
Van Soelen, Theodore  Search this
Sawyer, Wells  Search this
Willams, Lois  Search this
Van Vleck, Natalie  Search this
Bliss, Lizzie P. (Lizzie Plummer)  Search this
Käsebier, Gertrude  Search this
Carlsen, Emil  Search this
Arkell, Bartlett  Search this
Benton, Thomas Hart  Search this
Davies, Arthur B. (Arthur Bowen)  Search this
Diedrich, Hunt  Search this
Dabo, Leon  Search this
Davey, Randall  Search this
Lawson, Ernest  Search this
Lowrie, Agnes Potter  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Prints
Drafts (documents)
Gallery records
Scrapbooks
Sketches
Topic:
Art dealers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art, American -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Art galleries, Commercial -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Gallery owners  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8905
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211090
AAA_collcode_feragall
Theme:
The Art Market
Art Gallery Records
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211090
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Ferargil Galleries records

Creator:
Ferargil Galleries  Search this
Names:
Arkell, Bartlett  Search this
Benton, Thomas Hart, 1889-1975  Search this
Bliss, Lizzie P. (Lizzie Plummer), 1864-1931  Search this
Carlsen, Emil, 1853-1932  Search this
Dabo, Leon, 1868-1960  Search this
Davey, Randall, 1887-1964  Search this
Davies, Arthur B. (Arthur Bowen), 1862-1928  Search this
Diedrich, Hunt  Search this
Lawson, Ernest, 1873-1939  Search this
Lowrie, Agnes Potter  Search this
Lucioni, Luigi, 1900-1988  Search this
Miller, Barse, 1904-1973  Search this
Parrish, Maxfield, 1870-1966  Search this
Parsons, Lloyd  Search this
Pike, John, 1911-1979  Search this
Platt, Dan Fellows, 1873-1938  Search this
Price, F. Newlin (Frederic Newlin)  Search this
Sample, Paul, 1896-1974  Search this
Sawyer, Wells, 1863-1960  Search this
Van Soelen, Theodore  Search this
Van Vleck, Natalie, 1901-1974  Search this
Willams, Lois  Search this
Photographer:
Käsebier, Gertrude, 1852-1934  Search this
Extent:
18.7 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Prints
Drafts (documents)
Gallery records
Scrapbooks
Sketches
Date:
circa 1900-1963
Summary:
The Ferargil Galleries records date from circa 1900-1963 and document the activities of this New York gallery that dealt primarily in American contemporary art from shortly after its 1915 founding by Frederic Newlin Price (1884-1963) to it's closure in 1955. 18.7 linear feet of records include incoming and outgoing correspondence with artists, dealers, schools and colleges, and museums and other art institutions; artist files; estate and legal records including papers relating to the Arthur B. Davies estate; gallery business and financial records; printed material; scrapbooks; scattered personal papers of Price; artwork; and photographs of artists, exhibitions and artwork.
Scope and Content Note:
The Ferargil Galleries records date from circa 1900-1963 and document the activities of this New York gallery that dealt primarily in American contemporary art from shortly after its 1915 founding by Frederic Newlin Price (1884-1963) to it's closure in 1955. 18.7 linear feet of records include incoming and outgoing correspondence with artists, dealers, schools and colleges, and museums and other art institutions; artist files; estate and legal records including papers relating to the Arthur B. Davies estate; gallery business and financial records; printed material; scrapbooks; scattered personal papers of Price; artwork; and photographs of artists, exhibitions and artwork.

Correspondence is both incoming and outgoing and documents the day-to-day activities of the galleries, primarily from the 1920s to the 1950s. Significant correspondence with, or relating to, many of the artists represented by Ferargil Galleries can be found here including correspondence with Bartlett Arkell, Thomas Hart Benton, Randall Davey, Hunt Diedrich, Ernest Lawson, Agnes Potter Lowrie, Luigi Lucioni, Barse Miller, Maxfield Parrish, John Pike, Paul Sample, Wells M. Sawyer, Theodore van Soelen and many others.

Artist files consist primarily of material compiled about artists represented by Ferargil Galleries, including biographical information, press releases for exhibitions, and scattered price lists and information about individual works of art.

Estate and legal records include estate inventories for the estates of Lizzie P. Bliss, Arthur B. Davies, and Dan Fellows Platt, and document several legal actions involving Ferargil Galleries. Of particular significance are the records documenting Price's involvement with the estate of Arthur B. Davies, including correspondence with Davies's wife, Virginia, and sales and inventory records for Davies's artwork at Ferargil Galleries and elsewhere.

Business and financial records date primarily from the 1920s and document inventories, sales, insurance, shipping, and taxes for the bulk of the gallery's operating years.

Printed material contains Ferargail Galleries exhibition catalogs and announcements from 1918 to the 1950s in addition to scattered printed material from other galleries and one folder relating to Arthur B. Davies.

Scrapbooks provide a more comprehensive and detailed history of the gallery's exhibitions, through multiple news clippings of press coverage, in addition to catalogs, announcements, and photographs. Of particular note is a circa 1908 photograph of Arthur B. Davies taken by Gertrude Kasëbier.

Scattered personal records of Frederic Newlin Price document Price's work with the Benjamin West Society at Swarthmore College and further reveal Price's interests through an inventory of his art collection and drafts and copies of his writings on artists such as Arthur B. Davies, and on changing trends and tastes in the art world.

A small series of artwork includes 6 pencil sketches, a print, 3 plans, and an Arthur B. Davies exhibition catalog mock-up with pencil sketches, all by unidentified artists.

Gallery photograph files include some photos of artists such as Emil Carlsen, Leon Dabo, Lloyd Parsons, Natalie Van Vleck and Lois Williams, in addition to 13 folders of photos relating to collections and exhibitions, and photographs of artwork.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 9 series:

Series 1: Correspondence, 1920s-1963 (Boxes 1-15; 6.0 linear ft.)

Series 2: Artist Files, circa 1920s-1950s (Boxes 16-17; 0.7 linear ft.)

Series 3: Estate and Legal Records, circa 1925-circa 1939 (Boxes 17-18; 0.3 linear ft.)

Series 4: Business and Financial Records, 1919-1956 (Boxes 18-21; 1.2 linear ft.)

Series 5: Printed Material, circa 1900-1956 (Boxes 21-22; 0.7 linear ft.)

Series 6: Scrapbooks, circa 1920s-1950s (Boxes 23-34, 40, OV 41; 5.4 linear ft.)

Series 7: Frederic Newlin Price Records, 1920s-1950s (Box 34; 6 folders)

Series 8: Artwork, circa 1920s-circa 1950s (Box 34, OV 41; 2 folders)

Series 9: Photographs, circa 1920-1950s (Boxes 35-39, OV 40; 4.4. linear ft.)
Historical Note:
Frederic Newlin Price (1884-1963) opened Ferargil Galleries in 1915 at 24 East 49th Street and 607 Fifth Avenue in New York City. Art critic W. Frank Purdy (1865-1943)was the President of the Art Alliance of America in 1918 and director of the School of American Sculpture worked at the galleries as director of sculpture.

Named from a combination of "fer" (ferrous-iron) and "argil" (clay), Ferargil Galleries dealt in wrought iron, sculpture, paintings and prints, and focused on exhibitions of work by American artists such as George Bellows, Thomas Hart Benton, Emil Carlsen, John Steuart Curry, Arthur B. Davies, W. Hunt Diederich, Thomas Eakins, Edward Hicks, Ernest Lawson, Albert P. Ryder and Grant Wood. Ferargil was also known for its representation of a group of contemporary watercolorists including Charles Dickinson, Phil Dike, Hardie Gramatky, Barse Miller, and Paul Sample.

In 1927 the business moved to 37 East 57th Street (later 63 East 57th Street) and housed a print room, a sculpture gallery with a fountain, and the main painting galleries.

In 1931 Price became the Director of the newly-formed Benjamin West Society at his alma mater, Swarthmore College. There, he promoted the arts at Swarthmore through annual lectures and exhibitions by contemporary artists and also acquired artwork for the college, primarily by Benjamin West. Price served as President of the American Art Dealers Association in the early 1930s and published a number of books and articles on artists including Arthur B. Davies, Walter Griffin, Eric Hudson, Ernest Lawson, Arthur P. Ryder and Horatio Walker.

Price closed Ferargil Galleries in 1955.
Separated Material:
The Archives of American Art also holds microfilm of material lent for microfilming (reels D321-D322, and N68-14-N68-15) including personal and business correspondence with artists and other records. Lent materials were returned to the lender and are not described in the collection container inventory.
Provenance:
In 1958, Frederic Newlin Price donated circa 70 letters to the Archives of American Art and loaned material for microfilming on reels D321-D322. The remaining records were donated anonymously in 1968.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Ferargil Galleries records are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Art dealers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art, American -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Art galleries, Commercial -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Gallery owners  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Prints
Drafts (documents)
Gallery records
Scrapbooks
Sketches
Citation:
Ferargil Galleries records, 1900-1963. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.feragall
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Ferargil Galleries records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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ead_collection:sova-aaa-feragall
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Lowrie, Agnes Potter

Collection Creator:
Bulliet, C.J. (Clarence Joseph), 1883-1952  Search this
Container:
Box 16, Folder 17
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1888-1959
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The C. J. Bulliet papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
The C. J. Bulliet papers, circa 1888-1959. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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C. J. (Clarence Joseph) Bulliet papers
C. J. (Clarence Joseph) Bulliet papers / Series 4: Artist Files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-bullclar-ref1961

Lowrie, Agnes Potter

Collection Creator:
Ferargil Galleries  Search this
Extent:
(2 folders)
Container:
Box 33, Folder 15-16
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1920s-1950s
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Ferargil Galleries records are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Ferargil Galleries records, 1900-1963. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Ferargil Galleries records
Ferargil Galleries records / Series 6: Scrapbooks / Photographs from scrapbooks for
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-feragall-ref310

Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Ferargil Galleries  Search this
Extent:
6 Linear feet (Boxes 1-15)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1920s-1963
Scope and Contents note:
The bulk of the correspondence (approximately 75 percent) is written to Frederic Newlin Price, W. Frank Purdy and Ferargil Galleries by artists, dealers, and museums and other art and educational institutions. Artist correspondence is well represented with a significant number of letters from, or relating to, artists represented by the gallery including Bartlett Arkell, Randall Davey, Hunt Diedrich, Ernest Lawson, Agnes Potter Lowrie, Barse Miller, Maxfield Parrish, John Pike, Paul Sample, Wells M. Sawyer, and many others. Some correspondence relating to Price's involvement with Swarthmore College can also be found here.

Found at the end of the incoming correspondence is a folder relating to an exhibition "The Circus Comes to Ferargil Galleries," and a folder of circa 19 letters regarding the authentication and disposition of Gilbert Stuart's Lansdowne portrait of George Washington.

Outgoing correspondence consists primarily of copies of letters and memoranda written in response to the incoming material. The bulk of the outgoing correspondence ends in 1956 with one letter each from 1958 and 1963.

See Appendix for a partial list of correspondents in Series 1, noting illustrated letters.
Arrangement note:
Incoming correspondence is arranged alphabetically by correspondent; outgoing correspondence follows, and is arranged chronologically.
Appendix: Partial List of Correspondents in Series 1:
Addision Gallery of American Art

Addison, Walter

Aiken, Charles Avery

American Artists Group, Inc.

Anderson, Karl

Anderson, C. W.

Andrews, Charles Sperry (includes illustrated letter)

Arms, John Taylor

Art Institute of Chicago

Ashe, Edmund Marion

Ashton, Leonard C.

Bassett, Richard

Benton, Thomas Hart and Rita Piacenza Benton

Beresford, Virginia

Bok, Hannes (includes illustrated letters)

Bower, Alexander

Bragdon, Claude

Braun, Edith E.

Brewer, Floyd E.

Brooklyn Museum

Brooks, Alfred Mansfield

Bye, Arthur Edwin

Byerley, Blanche A.

Buell, Alice Standish

Buller, Audrey

Butterlin, Otto

Calder, Alexander Stirling

Campbell, Charles

Cantine, Jo

Carlsen, Emil

Carrigan, William

Cheney, Russell

Clark, Eliot

Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts

Comito, Nicholas

Conner, John R.

Cortissoz, Royal

Crane, Bruce

Crowninshield, Frank

Curry, John Steuart

Daingerfield, Elliott

Davenport, Carson

Davey, Randall

Davies, Arthur B.

Julius Delbos

Diederich, Hunt (includes illustrated letters)

Dike, Phil

Dix, John A.

Dodd, Lamar

Dows, Olin

Dyson, Will

Edie, Stuart

Eilshemius, Louis M. (illustrated letter)

Epstein, Jacob

Faulkner, Barry

Folinsbee, John F.

Ford, Julia Ellsworth

Ford, Lauren

Freed, Ernest (includes illustrated letter)

Gantt, James B.

Gill, Sue May

Gramatky, Hardy

Hale, Philip L.

Hamlin, Genevieve

Hartley, Russell

Hartmann, Sadakihi

Haseltine, Herbert

Healy, Arthur K.D.

Heinz, Charles L.

Herpst, Martha

Hesketh, E.

Hills, Laura C.

Hoffman, Malvina

Hollingsworth, Jr., William

Holt, Jr., Henry

Hopkinson, Charles

Hoyt, Edith

Humphrey, Eleanor B.

Hurd, Peter

Jennewein, C. P.

Jones, Amy

Jones, Janet

Jones, J. Pope

Judson, Sylvia Shaw

Katz, A. Raymond

Kellog, Jean

Kent, Rockwell

Kingsbury, Alison Mason

Kreis, Henry (illustrated letter)

Ladd, Anna Coleman

La Montagne, Harry

Lathrop, William L.

Lawless, Carl

Lawson, Ernest

Lebduska, Lawrence

Lechay, James

Lee, Doris

Lever, Hayley

Lillie, John

Lober, Georg

Lowrie, Agnes Potter

Lucioni, Luigi

Macbeth Galleries

MacLeod, Alexander Samuel

Macouillard, Louis

Merritt, Jesse

Miller, Barse

Nichols, Henry Hobart

Oehlschlaeger, Frank J.

O'Malley, Power

Paradise, Phil

Parrish, Maxfield

Paxton, William M.

Pike, John (includes illustrated letters)

Prendergast, Charles E.

Price, M. Elizabeth

Puccinelli, Raymond

Reed, Alma M.

Rockwell, Norman

Sample, Paul

Savage, Eugene Francis

Sawyer, Wells. M.

Schaefer, Carl

Scudder, Janet

Shinn, Everett

Shonnard, Eugenie F.

Simmons, Will

Smith, André

Spencer, Robert and Margaret F. Spencer

Tarbell, Edmund C.

Tolegian, Manuel J.

Townsend, Harry (includes illustrated letter)

Ufer, Walter

van Soelen, Theodore

Whitaker, Frederic

Wiles, Irving

Wood, Grant

Woodruff, James W.

Yandell, Enid

Yeats, Jack Butler
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Ferargil Galleries records are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Ferargil Galleries records, 1900-1963. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.feragall, Series 1
See more items in:
Ferargil Galleries records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-feragall-ref14

(No Title Given) [art work] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Lowrie, Agnes Potter  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Topic:
Still Life--Fruit--Grape  Search this
Still Life--Fruit--Strawberry  Search this
Still Life--Fruit--Persimmon  Search this
Still Life--Fruit--Apple  Search this
Still Life--Foodstuff--Nuts  Search this
Still Life--Other--Container  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0002501
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_2501

(No Title Given) [art work] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Lowrie, Agnes Potter  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Topic:
Study--Botanical Study  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0002502
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_2502

(No Title Given) [art work] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Lowrie, Agnes Potter  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Topic:
Study--Botanical Study  Search this
Still Life--Fruit--Pineapple  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0002503
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_2503

Green Pineapple [art work] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Lowrie, Agnes Potter  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Topic:
Study--Botanical Study  Search this
Still Life--Fruit--Pineapple  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0002504
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_2504

(No Title Given) [art work] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Lowrie, Agnes Potter  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Topic:
Study--Botanical Study  Search this
Still Life--Fruit--Coconut  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0002505
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_2505

Agnes Potter Lowrie, b. 1892 [Folder]

Contents:
Folder(s) may include exhibition announcements, newspaper and/or magazine clippings, press releases, brochures, reviews, invitations, illustrations, resumes, artist's statements, exhibition catalogs.
Topic:
Artists  Search this
Location:
Art & Artist files at the Smithsonian American Art Museum/ National Portrait Gallery Library
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILAF_84526

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