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E.P. (Edgar Preston) and Constance Richardson papers

Creator:
Richardson, Edgar Preston, 1902-1985  Search this
Richardson, Constance, 1905-  Search this
Names:
Castano Galleries (Boston, Mass.)  Search this
Detroit Institute of Arts  Search this
Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum  Search this
Historical Society of Pennsylvania  Search this
Macbeth Gallery  Search this
National Collection of Fine Arts (U.S.)  Search this
National Portrait Gallery (Smithsonian Institution)  Search this
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts  Search this
Philadelphia Museum of Art  Search this
White House (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Peale family  Search this
Allen, Joseph  Search this
Allston, Washington, 1779-1843  Search this
Andrews, Wayne  Search this
Aram, Siegfried F.  Search this
Bishop, Isabel, 1902-1988  Search this
Bostick, William A.  Search this
Bouché, Louis, 1896-1969  Search this
Boyd, Julian P. (Julian Parks), 1903-  Search this
Castano, Giovanni, 1896-1978  Search this
Cohn, Harold  Search this
Copeland, Lammot du Pont  Search this
Culver, Charles B. (Charles Beach), 1908-1967  Search this
Fleischman, Lawrence A. (Lawrence Arthur), 1925-1997  Search this
Flexner, James Thomas, 1908-2003  Search this
Frankenstein, Alfred V. (Alfred Victor), 1906-1981  Search this
Fredericks, Marshall M., 1908-1998  Search this
Freeman, Michael W.  Search this
Garrison, Eve Josephson, 1903-2003  Search this
Groce, George C., 1899-  Search this
Hardy, Jeremiah Pearson, 1800-1889  Search this
Heil, Walter, 1890-1973  Search this
Hopper, Edward, 1882-1967  Search this
Jungwirth, Irene G. (Irene Gayas), 1913-  Search this
Krentzin, Earl, 1929-  Search this
Kuniyoshi, Yasuo, 1889-1953  Search this
Lee-Smith, Hughie  Search this
Lewis, W. S. (Wilmarth Sheldon), 1895-1979  Search this
Lynes, Russell, 1910-1991  Search this
Marsh, Reginald, 1898-1954  Search this
Mast, Gerald, 1908-1971  Search this
McDermott, John Francis, 1902-  Search this
Middeldorf, Ulrich Alexander, 1901-  Search this
Morse, John D., 1906-  Search this
Moser, Liselotte, 1906-1983  Search this
O'Keeffe, Georgia , 1887-1986  Search this
Oliver, Andrew, 1906-  Search this
Peale, Charles Willson, 1741-1827  Search this
Pleasants, J. Hall (Jacob Hall), 1873-1957  Search this
Ripley, Sidney Dillon, 1913-2001  Search this
Rockefeller, John D., 1906-  Search this
Rockefeller, Nelson A. (Nelson Aldrich), 1908-1979  Search this
Rutledge, Anna Wells  Search this
Sellers, Charles Coleman, 1903-  Search this
Sheeler, Charles, 1883-1965  Search this
Simper, Fred, 1914-  Search this
Simpson, Corelli C. W.  Search this
Soria, Regina, 1911-  Search this
Spark, Victor D. (Victor David), 1898-1991  Search this
Speck, Walter, 1895-  Search this
Stevens, William B.  Search this
Valentiner, Wilhelm Reinhold, 1880-1958  Search this
Vose, Robert C. (Robert Churchill), 1911-1998  Search this
Watkins, Franklin Chenault, 1894-1972  Search this
Wedda, John  Search this
Woolfenden, William E. (William Edward), 1918-1995  Search this
Wyeth, Andrew, 1917-2009  Search this
Extent:
28.7 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Manuscripts
Interviews
Diaries
Transcripts
Sketches
Lectures
Place:
Detroit (Mich.)
Date:
1814-1996
bulk 1921-1996
Summary:
The papers of art historian E. P. Richardson measure 28.7 linear feet and date from 1814-1996, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1921-1996. Within the papers are scattered biographical materials; acquisition files for Richardson's personal art collection; professional and personal correspondence with colleagues, art historians and critics, artists, museums, galleries, and dealers; numerous writings, including manuscripts and research files for his published books, articles, and lectures; general research notebooks and files compiled by Richardson on a wide variety of art-related topics and artists; professional and committee files; as well as a smaller amount of Constance C. Richardson's papers.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of art historian E. P. Richardson measure 28.7 linear feet and date from 1814-1996, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1921-1996. Within the papers are scattered biographical materials; acquisition files for Richardson's personal art collection; professional and personal correspondence with colleagues, art historians and critics, artists, museums, galleries, and dealers; numerous writings, including manuscripts and research files for his published books, articles, and lectures; general research notebooks and files compiled by Richardson on a wide variety of art-related topics and artists; professional and committee files; as well as a smaller amount of Constance C. Richardson's papers.

Biographical materials include certificates, awards, and honorary degrees, membership information, personal and family photographs, a few sketches, and a transcript of an oral history Interview with E.P. Richardson conducted by the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1982.

There are acquisitions files for the Richardsons' personal art collection that invoices, photographs, correspondence with galleries and collectors, appraisals, price lists, and artwork examination forms.

Correspondence is with colleagues, art dealers, collectors, museums and museum curators, foreign scholars, organizations, galleries, artists, art historians and critics, publishers, editors, librarians, friends, and family. Topics regard purchasing art for various collections, consultations about art and collecting including authentications and attributions, publishing, general art history, lectures, and personal matters, among other topics. There is correspondence with the Archives of American Art, Castano Galleries, Lawrence Fleischman, James Thomas Flexner, Alfred V. Frankenstein, George Croce, Walter Heil, Earl Krentzin, Wilmarth Lewis, Russel Lynes, John Francis McDermott, Philadelphia Museum of Art, J. Hall Pleasants, Anna Rutledge, Charles Sellers, Smithsonian Institution, Regina Soria, Victor Spark, William Stevens, Robert Vose, William Woolfenden, and many others. Scattered correspondence with artists is with Isabel Bishop, Louis Bouche, William Bostick, Eve Garrison, Edward Hopper, Irene Jungwirth, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Hughie Lee-Smith, Reginald Marsh, Gerald Mast, Georgia O'Keefe, Charles Sheeler, Walt Speck, and John Wedda, among many others. The greatest extent of correspondence is with Andrew Wyeth, Harold Cohn, and Frederick Simper. There is also personal correspondence with family and friends, and between E.P. and Constance Richardson.

E.P. Richardson's prominence as an art historian, writer, and expert on collecting is well documented through his prolific writings. Materials include drafts, notes, typescripts, and outlines for articles, exhibition catalog essays, and lectures. Also found are research files and publishing documentation for Richardson's books, including Washington Allston: A Study of the Romantic Artist in America (1948), Painting in America (1956), Charles Willson Peale and his World (1983), and American Romantic Painting (1944). There are also miscellaneous notes and four diaries. Two of the diaries comment on the social and cultural life of Detroit; the authenticity of paintings; Richardson's reflections on contemporary American painting, thoughts about museums, dealers, artists, and art historians (especially Wilhelm R. Valentiner); and travel.

Notebooks compiled by Richardson on a wide variety art-related topics cover nearly six decades. There are also numerous research files organized Richardson about individual artists and art history. And, the art collector files contain reference materials about art collectors and their collections including Lamont du Pont Copeland, Michael W. Freeman, Nelson Rockefeller, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Allen, and the Marquis de Somerlous. There are three index card file boxes containing bibliographic data on published books and articles.

Professional and committee files document Richardson's professional and consulting work for the Art Quarterly, Detroit Institute of Arts, National Collection of Fine Arts, the National Portrait Gallery, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the John D. Rockefeller III collection, Winterthur Museum, the White House, and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

Constance C. Richardson's papers include business and professional correspondence with various institutions, most extensively with the Macbeth Gallery. In addition, there is a smaller amount of personal correspondence, photographs and slides of her artworks, printed materials, two illustrated notebooks on her work, and miscellaneous notes. Also included is Constance's artist palette.
Biographical / Historical:
Art historian, museum director, and writer E. P. (Edgar Preston) Richardson (1902-1985) served as director of the Detroit Institute of Arts (1945-1962) and Winterthur Museum (1963-1966). He was also a board member of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts from 1966-1977 and, in 1954, co-founded the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

E. P. Richardson was born in 1902 in Glens Falls, New York and died in Philadelphia in 1985. He graduated from Williams College in Massachusetts in 1925 and studied painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts for the three years following graduation. In 1930 he became educational secretary at the Detroit Institute of Arts, was quickly named assistant director in 1933, and served as director from 1945 to 1962. He left Detroit to take the position of director of the Winterthur Museum, where he remained until 1966. Richardson married Constance Coleman in 1931. Born in Berlin, Germany in 1905, Constance Coleman Richardson was an award-winning and widely exhibited realist style painter of American landscapes. She gave up painting in the 1960s and died in 2002.

While at the Detroit Institute of Arts, E. P. Richardson co-founded the Archives of American Art with Lawrence Fleischman, and served as the Archives' first director. Richardson was also art advisor to John D. Rockefeller III for over ten years, editor of Art Quarterly from 1938 to 1967, and a member of various boards, including the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the Smithsonian Arts Commission, and the National Portrait Gallery. He authored numerous books including ones on artists Washington Allston and Charles Willson Peale, and The Way of Western Art: American Romantic Painting (1939), Painting in America: The Story of Four Hundred and Fifty Years (1956), A Short History of Painting in America (1963), and American Art, an Exhibition of the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller, 3d (1976).
Related Materials:
Related collections among the holdings of the Archives of American Art include an interview with E.P. Richardson dated February 6, 1978 conducted by Linda Downs; and several miscellaneous manuscripts that include an E.P. Richardson Letter to Rockwell Kent, June 15 1959; E.P. Richardson letters to Lawrence Arthur Fleischman, May 13, 1962 and August 22 1954; and a Yasuo Kunioshi letter to E.P. Richardson, July 25 1948.

Additional E.P. Richardson papers are found at the Detroit Institute of Arts and in the archives of the Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum.
Separated Materials:
The Archives of American Art also holds material lent for microfilming (reel D46) including E.P. Richardson's research material on Jeremiah P. Hardy. These materials are housed at the Smithsonian American Art Museum Library and are not described in the collection container inventory.
Provenance:
Edith Wilkinson first donated a letter to E. P. Richardson from herself in 1957. E.P. Richardson donated papers to the Archives of American Art in 1958 and 1960 and lent materials for microfilming in 1961. Addition material was donated by Constance Richardson in 1985, and by Martha Fleischman in 2003.
Restrictions:
Use of original material requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact References Services for more information.
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:
Authors -- Michigan -- Detroit  Search this
Art historians -- United States  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Painting, American  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Romanticism  Search this
Art -- History -- Study and teaching  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Manuscripts
Interviews
Diaries
Transcripts
Sketches
Lectures
Citation:
Edgar P. Richardson papers, 1814-1996, bulk 1921-1996. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
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EDAN-URL:
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Online Media:

Windows on the past : portraits at the Essex Institute / by Andrew Oliver and Bryant F. Tolles, Jr

Author:
Oliver, Andrew 1906-  Search this
Tolles, Bryant Franklin 1939-  Search this
Essex Institute  Search this
Subject:
Essex Institute  Search this
Physical description:
64 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Portraits
Place:
Massachusette
Salem
United States
Date:
1981
C1981
Topic:
Portraits, American  Search this
Portraits  Search this
Biography  Search this
Call number:
N7593.O4 1981X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_312541

Portraits in the Massachusetts Historical Society : an illustrated catalog with descriptive matter / by Andrew Oliver, Ann Millspaugh Huff, and Edward W. Hanson

Author:
Massachusetts Historical Society  Search this
Oliver, Andrew 1906-  Search this
Huff, Ann Millspaugh  Search this
Hanson, Edward W (Edward William) 1951-  Search this
Subject:
Massachusetts Historical Society Catalogs  Search this
Physical description:
xxv, 163 p., [24] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Portraits
Catalogs
Biography
Place:
Massachusetts
Boston
United States
Date:
1988
Topic:
Portraits, American--Catalogs  Search this
Biography  Search this
Portraits  Search this
Catalogs  Search this
Call number:
CT217.5.M37 1988X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_356787

Faces of a family; an illustrated catalogue of portraits and silhouettes of Daniel Oliver, 1664-1732, and Elizabeth Belcher, his wife, their Oliver descendants and their wives, made between 1727 and 1850

Author:
Oliver, Andrew 1906-  Search this
Subject:
Oliver family  Search this
Physical description:
xvii, 42 p. ports., geneal. tables. 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1960
Topic:
Portraits, American  Search this
Call number:
N7628.O48O4
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_104250

The records of Trinity Church, Boston, 1728-1830 / edited by Andrew Oliver and James Bishop Peabody

Author:
Trinity Church (Boston, Mass.)  Search this
Oliver, Andrew 1906-  Search this
Peabody, James Bishop 1922-  Search this
Subject:
Trinity Church (Boston, Mass.) History Sources  Search this
Physical description:
2 v. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Massachusetts
Boston
Date:
1980
1982
1980-1982
Topic:
Registers of births, etc  Search this
Marriage registers  Search this
Genealogy  Search this
Call number:
BX5980.B7 T83
BX5980.B7T83
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_141214

The journal of Samuel Curwen, loyalist. Edited by Andrew Oliver

Author:
Curwen, Samuel 1715-1802  Search this
Oliver, Andrew 1906-  Search this
Subject:
Curwen, Samuel 1715-1802  Search this
Physical description:
2 v. (xxxiv, 1083 p.) illus. 25 cm
Type:
Books
Biography
Early works to 1800
Place:
United States
England
Date:
1972
Revolution, 1775-1783
Topic:
American loyalists  Search this
History  Search this
Description and travel  Search this
Call number:
CT275.C977 A1 1972
CT275.C977A1 1972
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_30083

Portraits of John and Abigail Adams

Author:
Oliver, Andrew 1906-  Search this
Subject:
Adams, John 1735-1826 Portraits  Search this
Adams, Abigail 1744-1818 Portraits  Search this
Physical description:
xxxvi, 284 p. illus., geneal. table, ports. 26 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1967
Call number:
N7628.A21 O4
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_33357

The notebook of John Smibert. With essays by Sir David Evans, John Kerslake, and Andrew Oliver, and with Notes relating to Smibert's American portraits by Andrew Oliver

Author:
Smibert, John 1688-1751  Search this
Evans, David Lewis Sir 1893-  Search this
Kerslake, John F  Search this
Oliver, Andrew 1906-  Search this
Massachusetts Historical Society  Search this
Great Britain Public Record Office  Search this
Subject:
Smibert, John 1688-1751  Search this
Physical description:
vi, 131 p. facsims., maps (on lining papers) 26 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1969
Call number:
N40.1.S64 E9
N40.1.S64E9
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_512

Portraits of John Quincy Adams and his wife

Author:
Oliver, Andrew 1906-  Search this
Subject:
Adams, John Quincy 1767-1848 Portraits  Search this
Adams, Louisa Catherine 1775-1852 Portraits  Search this
Physical description:
xli, 335 p. illus., ports. 26 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1970
Call number:
E377 .O49
N7628.A22 O4
E377.O49
N7628.A22O4
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_7447

The portraits of John Marshall / Andrew Oliver

Author:
Oliver, Andrew 1906-  Search this
Institute of Early American History and Culture (Williamsburg, Va.)  Search this
Subject:
Marshall, John 1755-1835 Portraits, caricatures, etc Catalogs  Search this
Physical description:
xx, 209 p. : ports. ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1976
1977
Call number:
N7628.M36 O4
N7628.M36O4
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_78928

Auguste Edouart's Silhouettes of eminent Americans, 1839-1844 / Andrew Oliver

Author:
Edouart, Augustin-Amant-Constant-Fidèle 1789-1861  Search this
Oliver, Andrew 1906-  Search this
Jackson, Emily 1861- Catalogue of 3,800 named and dated American silhouette portraits by Auguste Edouart, 1789-1861. 1976  Search this
Subject:
Edouart, Augustin-Amant-Constant-Fidèle 1789-1861  Search this
Physical description:
xv, 553 p. : ill. ; 31 cm
Type:
Books
Portraits
Catalogs
Place:
United States
Date:
1977
Topic:
Silhouettes--Catalogs  Search this
Biography  Search this
Call number:
NC910.5.E3 O44X
N40.1.E245 O48 1977
NC910.5.E3O44X
N40.1.E245O48 1977
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_81616

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