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Palmer, Erastus Dow, 1817-1904

Collection Creator:
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Extent:
1 Photograph
Container:
Box 37
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Photographs
Collection Restrictions:
Open to researchers by appointment. Contact Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum by email: sapa@si.edu.
Collection Rights:
The photographs are owned by the Smithsonian American Art Museum and requests for permission to reproduce photographs from the collection must be submitted in writing to the Photograph Archives. Certain works of art, as well as the photographs of those works of art, may be protected by copyright, trademark, privacy or publicity rights, or other interests not owned by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. It is the applicant's responsibility to ascertain whether any such rights exist, and to obtain any other permission necessary to reproduce and publish the image.
Collection Citation:
Metropolitan Museum of Art Study Collection of American Sculpture Photographs, Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum.
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Metropolitan Museum of Art study collection of American sculpture photographs
Metropolitan Museum of Art study collection of American sculpture photographs / Series 1: Photographs
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Research and Scholars Center
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ih74a39f694-8786-44fb-a5cd-1941daeb46b6
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-saam-photo-met-ref437

Correspondence, Palmer, Erastus - Widener, P.A.B

Creator:
Speicher, Eugene Edward, 1883-1962  Search this
Palmer, Erastus Dow, 1817-1904  Search this
Reid, Robert, 1862-1929  Search this
Robus, Hugo, 1885-1964  Search this
Rossiter, Thomas Prichard, 1818-1871  Search this
Weber, Max, 1881-1961  Search this
Whittier, John Greenleaf, 1807-1892  Search this
Widener, P. A. B. (Peter Arrell Brown), 1834-1915  Search this
Names:
Houghton, Mifflin and Company  Search this
United States. National Park Service  Search this
Hayne, Paul Hamilton, 1830-1886  Search this
Kensett, John Frederick, 1816-1872  Search this
Collection Creator:
Brumbaugh, Thomas B. (Thomas Brendle), 1921-  Search this
Extent:
11 Items (Letters, written in ink, ball point, graphite)
1 Photograph
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Correspondence
Date:
1818-1847
Scope and Contents:
This folder is an amalgamation of letters written and recieved by prominent figures in 19th and 20th century American art. Included in the folder are letters by Robert Reid, Hugo Robus, Thomas Prichard Rossiter, Eugene Speicher, John Greenleaf Whittier and Peter A.B. Widener.
Arrangement:
Organized alphabetically by author.
Biographical / Historical:
Erastus D. Palmer was an American sculptor. He sculpted portrait busts and religious bas-reliefs in a style that combined neoclassical idealism and realism. His most famous sculpture is "The White Captive," which depicts a young girl who has been captured by Native Americans.
Isaac Newton Phelps Stokes was an American architect born into the wealthy Phelps Stokes family. He designed St-Paul's Chapel at Columbia University and some residential buildings in New York. Phelps Stokes also published The Iconography of Manhattan Island, a six volume work about New York City. He commissioned John Singer Sargent to paint a portrait with himself and his wife, Edith née Minturn.
Robert Reid was an American artist who studied in New England and Paris. He began by painting French peasants, but became known for his murals and stained glass designs. Some of his work can be found in the Congressional Library in Washington, D.C.
Hugo Robus was an American painter and sculpture from Ohio. He studied in the United States and Paris, and then taught at the Modern Art School in New York. He worked in a very lyrical cubist style, usually with people as his subject.
Thomas Prichard Rossiter was an American painter born in New Haven, Connecticut. He traveled throughout Europe, painting portraits along the way, and he kept a studio in Paris. He painted mostly portraits, but also completed a series of paintings depicting the life of Christ.
John Frederick Kensett was an American artist and engraver who worked in New Haven, Connecticut, and New York City.
Henry Rox was a German artist who studied in Berlin and Paris before settling in the United States in 1938, where he taught at many universities, including Mount Holyoke College. He is known for fruit and vegetable photo-sculptures.
Eugene Speicher was an American realist painter from Buffalo, New York. He attended the Art Students League, and then studied in Europe for a few years. He was considered a leading portrait artist in America at the time, favoring female subjects. Speicher won numerous awards for his work, and was appointed Director of the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1945.
Max Weber was a Russian-born Jewish-American cubist. He studied with Matisse, Rousseau, and Picasso in Paris. Weber helped introduce cubism to America.
John Greenleaf Whittier was an American Quaker poet. Whittier was an ardent abolitionist who was extremely influenced by the doctrines of humanitarianism, compassion, and social responsibility found in Quakerism. He was a founding member of the American Anti-Slavery Society, and worked as a lobbyist. He is remembered today for his patriotic poetry, and his poems that were later turned into hymns.
Paul Hayne was an American poet who Whittier references in his letter to the publishers Houghton, Mifflin & Co. Hayne had just died, and his son, W.H. Hayne, wanted to edit his later poems for publication.
Widener (1834-1915) was an American businessman from Pennsylvania. During the Civil War, he supplied meat to the Union Army. By investing in trolley cars and public transit services, Widener became quite successful and wealthy. He was an avid art collector whose collection included works by Rembrandt, Edouard Manet, and Auguste Renoir. He is considered one of the top 100 wealthiest Americans of all time.
Local Numbers:
FSA A2009.06 6
Other Archival Materials:
Thomas B. Brumbaugh research material on Abbott Handerson Thayer and other artists, 1876-1994 (bulk 1960s-1994); Also located at Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Genre/Form:
Correspondence -- 19th century
Correspondence -- 20th century
Identifier:
FSA.A2009.06, Series FSA A2009.06 6
See more items in:
The Brumbaugh Collection of Artist Letters
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dc3ab5429cd-d428-4427-b439-71f5316aec84
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-fsa-a2009-06-ref4

Erastus Dow Palmer, Albany, N.Y. letter to Asher Brown Durand

Creator:
Palmer, Erastus Dow, 1817-1904  Search this
Durand, Asher Brown, 1796-1886  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
1859 December 03
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)6957
See more items in:
Charles Henry Hart autograph collection, 1731-1918
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_6957
Online Media:

Erastus Dow Palmer letter, 1868 March 10

Creator:
Palmer, Erastus Dow, 1817-1904  Search this
Subject:
Church, Frederic Edwin  Search this
Topic:
Sculpture, Modern -- 19th century -- New York (State)  Search this
Theme:
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)5649
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)208483
AAA_collcode_palmeras
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_208483

Jervis McEntee papers

Creator:
McEntee, Jervis, 1828-1891  Search this
Names:
Century Association (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
National Academy of Design (U.S.)  Search this
Anthony, A. V. S. (Andrew Varick Stout), 1835-1906  Search this
Baker, George Augustus, 1821-1880  Search this
Bellows, Henry W. (Henry Whitney), 1814-1882  Search this
Boardman, Andrew  Search this
Booth, Edwin, 1833-1893  Search this
Boughton, George Henry, 1834-1905  Search this
Butler, Benjamin F., 1830-1884  Search this
Casilear, John William, 1811-1893  Search this
Chapin, E. H. (Edwin Hubbell), 1814-1880  Search this
Church, Frederic Edwin, 1826-1900  Search this
Church, Isabel  Search this
Cropsey, Jasper Francis, 1823-1900  Search this
DeForest, H. G.  Search this
Derrenbacher, John  Search this
Donoho, J. R., Mrs  Search this
Gifford, Sanford Robinson, 1823-1880  Search this
Gray, Henry Peters, 1819-1877  Search this
Hart, William McDougal, 1823-1894  Search this
Hicks, Thomas, 1823-1890  Search this
Hubbard, Richard William, 1816-1888  Search this
Huntington, Daniel, 1816-1906  Search this
Husted, James W.  Search this
Inness, George, 1825-1894  Search this
Johnson, Eastman, 1824-1906  Search this
Jourmans, E. L., Mrs  Search this
Kensett, John Frederick, 1816-1872  Search this
Lang, Louis, 1814-1893  Search this
McEntee, James S.  Search this
Meeks, Louisa B.  Search this
Palmer, Erastus Dow, 1817-1904  Search this
Sawyer, C. M.  Search this
Shumway, Henry Colton, 1807-1884  Search this
Stoddard, Richard Henry, 1825-1903  Search this
Stone, William O. (William Oliver), 1830-1875  Search this
Stribling, C. K.  Search this
Sykes, Charles W.  Search this
Thompson, Launt, 1833-1894  Search this
Vaux, Calvert, 1824-1895  Search this
Von Glumer, Francisca  Search this
Ward, John Quincy Adams, 1830-1910  Search this
Weir, John F. (John Ferguson), 1841-1926  Search this
Whittredge, Worthington, 1820-1910  Search this
Wickes, E. T.  Search this
Youmans, Kate  Search this
Zarnnhus, E. L.  Search this
Extent:
1.6 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Diaries
Sketches
Place:
Lake George (N.Y.) -- Pictorial works
Lake Champlain (N.Y.) -- Pictorial works
Adirondack Mountains (N.Y.)
Date:
1796
1848-1905
Summary:
The papers of Hudson River School painter Jervis McEntee measure 1.6 linear feet and date from 1796 and 1848 to 1905. Letters from close friends and family members to McEntee include many from his mentor Frederic Edwin Church, and fellow artists Samuel Putnam Avery, George Henry Boughton, Sanford Gifford, Richard Henry, Eastman Johnson, Elizabeth B. Stoddard, John Ferguson Weir, Worthington Whittredge, and others. Papers relating to the McEntee family include obituaries, a family genealogy, and letters from and regarding family members. There are also papers relating to the Vaux family (McEntee's brother-in-law's family) and American architect and landscape artist Calvert Vaux, who designed a studio for McEntee. Of special significance are five volumes of diaries dating from 1872 through 1890 which provide a detailed depiction of the American art world in the 1870s and 1880s.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of Hudson River School painter Jervis McEntee measure 1.6 linear feet and date from 1796 and 1850 to 1905. Letters from close friends and family members to McEntee include many from his mentor Frederic Edwin Church, and fellow artists Samuel Putnam Avery, George Henry Boughton, Sanford Gifford, Richard Henry, Eastman Johnson, Elizabeth B. Stoddard, John Ferguson Weir, Worthington Whittredge, and others. Papers relating to the McEntee family include obituaries, a family genealogy, and letters from and regarding family members. There are also papers relating to the Vaux family (McEntee's brother-in-law's family) and American architect and landscape artist Calvert Vaux, who designed a studio for McEntee. Of special significance are five volumes of diaries dating from 1872 through 1890 which provide a detailed depiction of the American art world in the 1870s and 1880s.
Arrangement:
The Jervis McEntee papers have been arranged into five series, based on material type.

Missing Title

Series 1: Letters, 1850-1905, undated (Box 1; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 2: Vaux Family Letters and Correspondence, 1850-1890, undated (Box 1; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 3: Third Party Letters, 1861-1873, undated (Box 2; 0.1 linear feet)

Series 4: Miscellany, 1796, 1848-1895, undated (Box 2; 0.1 linear feet)

Series 5: Diaries, 1872-1890 (Box 3-4; 0.6 linear feet)
Biographical Note:
Jervis McEntee was born in Rondout, New York, July 14, 1828. He had early literary and artistic aspirations and studied under Frederic E. Church, who had himself studied under the Hudson River School master, Thomas Cole. McEntee was to maintain a close relationship with Church for the rest of his life. After an unsuccessful stint as a businessman, McEntee settled in New York in 1857 as one of the charter residents of Richard Morris Hunt's Tenth Street Studio Building. Since many of the other occupants were either bachelors or commuters, and since Mrs. McEntee was a lively, sympathetic hostess, the couple became the center of a spontaneous salon frequented by some of the best-known artists, writers, and actors of the time. After his wife died in 1878, McEntee stayed on, an increasingly neglected widower until his death in 1891.

McEntee was identified with the Hudson River School and an accomplished and sensitive painter of autumnal landscapes. He wrote in 1874, "Perhaps what would mark my work among that of my brother artists is a preference for the soberer phases Nature, the gray days of November and its leafless trees." McEntee stood at the center of the interlocking directorate formed by the National Academy of Design, the Century Club, and the Tenth Street Studio Building. In the latter part of the 19th century, these formed a supreme art establishment whose membership was composed of the old guard American artists, such as McEntee's close friends Eastman Johnson, Sanford Gifford, John Ferguson Weir, Worthington Whittredge, and Church, who were fighting an ultimately futile battle against the encroachment of European influences among both artists and collectors.
Separated Material:
The Archives of American Art also holds material lent for microfilming (reel D9) including a diary dated June 12, 1851-August 17, 1851. This material was returned to the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, New York and is not described in the collection container inventory.
Provenance:
The Adirondack Museum lent one diary for microfilming in 1964. The rest of the collection was acquired from several donors between 1959 and 1997. The noted collector Charles E. Feinberg donated letters in 1959 and, Mrs. Helen S. McEntee, who married the nephew of Jervis McEntee, donated the five volumes of diaries in 1964. William Gaffken, director of the insurance company that acquired the McEntee family insurance business, donated the remaining papers in 1997.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires and appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
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.
Topic:
Artists -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Landscape painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Hudson River school of landscape painting  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art, Modern -- 19th century -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Artists' studios  Search this
Bull Run (Va.), 1st Battle, 1861  Search this
Genre/Form:
Diaries
Sketches
Citation:
Jervis McEntee papers, 1796, 1848-1905. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.mcenjerv
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Jervis McEntee papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw967895335-2abd-4f15-9161-1ccceecc5b8f
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-mcenjerv
Online Media:

Henry Kirke Brown papers

Creator:
Brown, Henry Kirke, 1814-1886  Search this
Names:
United States.. Art Commission  Search this
Bush-Brown, Henry Kirke, 1857-1935  Search this
Catlin, George, 1796-1872  Search this
Fuller, George, 1822-1884  Search this
Gifford, Sanford Robinson, 1823-1880  Search this
Lambdin, James Reid, 1807-1889  Search this
Lang, Louis, 1814-1893  Search this
Palmer, Erastus Dow, 1817-1904  Search this
Powers, Hiram, 1805-1873  Search this
Stone, Horatio, 1808-1875  Search this
Udall, Lydia Louise  Search this
Extent:
1 Linear foot
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Place:
Italy -- description and travel
Date:
1836-1893
Summary:
The papers of sculptor and portrait painter Henry Kirke Brown measure 1 linear feet and date from 1836 to 1893. The collection includes Brown's correspondence with his wife, Lydia Louise Udall, his nephew, Henry Kirke Bush-Brown, and other family members. Also included are letters from artists George Catlin, George Fuller, Sanford R. Gifford, James Reid Lambdin, Louis Lang, Erastus Dow Palmer, Hiram Powers, Horatio Stone, and others; five news clippings; and miscellaneous notes.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of sculptor and portrait painter Henry Kirke Brown measure 1 linear feet and date from 1836 to 1893. The collection includes Brown's correspondence with his wife, Lydia Louise Udall, his nephew, Henry Kirke Bush-Brown, and other family members. Also included are letters from artists George Catlin, George Fuller, Sanford R. Gifford, James Reid Lambdin, Louis Lang, Erastus Dow Palmer, Hiram Powers, Horatio Stone, and others; five news clippings; and miscellaneous notes.

Brown's lengthy letters to his wife reveal his devotion to her and the conflict he felt between his art and his personal life. He discusses his work, including progress on his statue of George Washington, located in Union Square, New York City. Letters to his family from Rome and Florence allude to his awe of Italy's monuments. Also included are letters from Washington, D.C. during Brown's tenure as a member of the U.S. Art Commission in the 1860s.
Arrangement:
Due to the small size of this collection the papers are arranged as one series.
Biographical / Historical:
Henry Kirke Brown (1814-1886) was an American sculptor and portrait painter born in Leyden, Massachusetts and died in Newburgh, New York.
Provenance:
The Henry Kirke Brown papers were donated to the Archives of American in 1981 by Dorothy Young, who acquired the papers from her husband, an art dealer.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Occupation:
Portrait painters -- Massachusetts  Search this
Sculptors -- Massachusetts  Search this
Topic:
Sculpture, Modern--19th century  Search this
Citation:
Henry Kirke Brown papers, 1836-1893. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.browhenr
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Henry Kirke Brown papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw97620639e-9667-4db2-9d02-f9bf49e07e1e
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-browhenr

Jerry L. Thompson Collection

Photographer:
Thompson, Jerry L., 1945  Search this
Names:
Palmer, Erastus Dow, 1817-1904  Search this
Remington, Frederic, 1861-1909  Search this
Saint-Gaudens, Augustus, 1848-1907  Search this
Ward, John Quincy Adams, 1830-1910  Search this
Extent:
3 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1983 - 1989
Summary:
This collection contains photographic material taken during Jerry L. Thompson's career at the Metroplitan Museum of Art (New York, NY). The collection includes black-and-white photographic prints, negatives and color transparencies documenting the work of four prominent American sculptors: Erastus Dow Palmer, Frederic Remington, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, and John Quincy Adams Ward.
Scope and Contents:
Comprised of 3 linear feet, this collection contains black-and-white photographic prints, negatives and color transparencies taken by Jerry L. Thompson documenting the work of four prominent American sculptors: Erastus Dow Palmer, Frederic Remington, Augustus Saint-Gaudens and John Quincy Adams Ward. Each artist is represented by approximately 100 photographs. The collection includes images of over twenty outdoor public monuments by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, including multiple views and details of the Adams Memorial (Rock Creek Park, Washington, DC), taken in 1985-1986. The collection includes detailed photographs of 16 major casts by Frederic Remington.
Arrangement:
Photographic materials are arranged alphabetically by artist's name.
Biographical / Historical:
Jerry L. Thompson has been a professional photographer since 1973. Born in Houston, Texas in 1945, he studied at the University of Texas and Yale University. From 1972 to 1975, he served as Walker Evans' principle assistant; and was a member of the faculty of Yale University from 1973 to 1980. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (1977) and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation (also in 1977). In addition to his portraits from the Coney Island amusement park of the early 1970s and his street work in New York City neighborhoods, he is best known as a photographer of sculpture.

Thompson began photographing sculpture in the mid-1970s. His first major project was to photograph the African works in the collection of the Museum of Primitive Art in New York City. In the early 1980s, Thompson began work for the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC). Under the direction of Lewis I. Sharp, curator of American sculpture and administrator of the American Wing, Thompson served as photographer-in-residence, photographing all the American works of sculpture in the museum's collection. He has also done extensive photography documenting the sculpture of Erastus Dow Palmer, Frederic Remington, John Quincy Adams Ward, and Augustus Saint-Gaudens. His work on the two latter sculptors included their major outdoor public monuments.

Initially in his career, he used black-and-white 8x10 inch negatives, but eventually began to work with color transparency materials as well. In 2013, his book Why Photography Matters was published by MIT Press.
Provenance:
Gift from Jerry L. Thompson, July 2014.
Restrictions:
The collection, which is undergoing processing and cataloging, is open for research use in the Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum. Advance appointments are required.
Rights:
Copyright to photographs from the Jerry L. Thompson Collection is held by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Requests for permission to reproduce photographs from the collection must be submitted in writing to the Photograph Archives. Certain works of art, as well as photographs of those works of art, may be protected by copyright, trademark, privacy or publicity rights, or other interests not owned by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. It is the applicant's responsibility to ascertain whether any such rights exist, and to obtain any other permission necessary to reproduce and publish the image.
Topic:
Sculpture, American  Search this
Art, American -- Photographs  Search this
Citation:
Jerry L. Thompson Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Identifier:
SAAM.Photo.THO
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Research and Scholars Center
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ih7dc0afa57-7eeb-473a-974f-379632c3f81c
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-saam-photo-tho

Mary K. McGuigan and John F. McGuigan Jr. artists' letters collection

Creator:
McGuigan, Mary K.  Search this
Names:
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts  Search this
Beard, W. H. (William Holbrook), 1824-1900  Search this
Bierstadt, Albert, 1830-1902  Search this
Boughton, George Henry, 1834-1905  Search this
Carey, Mathew, 1760-1839  Search this
Church, Frederic Edwin, 1826-1900  Search this
Colman, Samuel, 1832-1920  Search this
Copley, John Singleton, 1738-1815  Search this
Cropsey, Jasper Francis, 1823-1900  Search this
Darley, Felix Octavius Carr, 1822-1888  Search this
French, Daniel Chester, 1850-1931  Search this
Greenough, Horatio, 1805-1852  Search this
Harding, Chester, 1792-1866  Search this
Hassam, Childe, 1859-1935  Search this
Inman, Henry, 1801-1846  Search this
Inness, George, 1825-1894  Search this
McGuigan, John F., Jr. (John Fuller)  Search this
Morse, Samuel Finley Breese, 1791-1872  Search this
Neagle, John, 1796-1865  Search this
Palmer, Erastus Dow, 1817-1904  Search this
Peale, Rembrandt, 1778-1860  Search this
Peale, Rubens, 1784-1865  Search this
Tanner, Henry Ossawa, 1859-1937  Search this
Thayer, Abbott Handerson, 1849-1921  Search this
White, Stanford, 1853-1906  Search this
Whittredge, Worthington, 1820-1910  Search this
Extent:
0.6 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1794-1938
Summary:
The collection of artists' letters compiled by Mary and John McGuigan Jr. measure 0.6 linear feet and date from 1794-1938. The collection is comprised of a group of letters, writings, and signed documents to and from a variety of artists, art administrators, art critics, historians, and art-related organizations assembled from multiple sources. It also includes associated printed material with some documents and a few photographs, including carte de visites and cabinet cards.
Scope and Contents:
The collection of artists' letters compiled by Mary and John McGuigan Jr. measure 0.6 linear feet and date from 1794-1938. The collection is comprised of a group of letters, writings, and signed documents to and from a variety of artists, art administrators, art critics, historians, and art-related organizations assembled from multiple sources. It also includes associated printed material with some documents and a few photographs, including carte de visites and cabinet cards.

Item descriptions included in the container listing were provided by Mary and John McGuigan and illuminate the wide range of artists and types of material represented in the collection. While some of the letters document routine transactions such as responses to requests for information, and transmittals of autographs, others document specific artist commissions and projects, exhibition and financial arrangements, business relationships, family events, and travels. The collection includes documentation of portrait painters, including Chester Harding and Rembrandt Peale; nineteenth century landscape artists and artists of the Hudson River School including Albert Bierstadt, George Henry Boughton, Samuel Colman, Jasper Francis Cropsey, and George Inness; sculptors including Daniel Chester French whose letters include sixty-three letters to Charles Dupuy, the caretaker of French's summer home in Massachusetts; publishers such as Mathew Carey, in letters from John Neagle; and the activities of arts institutions such as the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

In addition to those mentioned above, letters and signed documents are from Washington Allston, William Holbrook Beard, Eugene Benson, William Tilden Blodgett, Jr., James Renwick Brevoort, Frederic Edwin Church, James Claghorn, John Singleton Copley, Kenyon Cox, F.O.C. Darley, Joseph DeCamp, Frank Duveneck, John Mackie Falconer, Horatio Greenough, Childe Hassam, Ignaz Michael Marcel Gaugengigl, George Healy, George Hollingsworth, William Morris Hunt, Daniel Huntington, Anna Vaughn Hyatt Huntington, Henry Inman, Hugh Bolton Jones, Thomas Dow Jones, Louis Ashton Knight, Charles Robert Leslie, Will Low, Frederick William MacMonnies, Frank Blackwell Mayer, Samuel F. B. Morse, Erastus Dow Palmer, Rubens Peale, Elizabeth Robins Pennell, Tobias (Toby) Edward Rosenthal, John Singer Sargent, George Henry Smillie, Marie Spartali Stillman, William James Stillman, Henry Ossawa Tanner, Abbott Handerson Thayer, Charles Yardley Turner, Stephen Arnold Douglas Volk, William Walcutt, Henry Antonio Wenzler, Benjamin West, Stanford White, Worthington Whittredge, and others.

The collection also includes a friendship album belonging to William Tilden Blodgett, Jr., with poems, sketches, and botanical watercolors, eight photographs including carte de visites and cabinet cards with images of George Hollingsworth, Thomas Dow Jones, Louis Ashton Knight, Henry Antonio Wenzler, and William Walcutt, and two photographs of a model used by Francis Blackwell Mayer when painting The Burning of the Peggy Stewart.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 1 series.
Biographical / Historical:
Mary K. McGuigan and John F. McGuigan Jr. are art historians and collectors in Milford, Pennsylvania.
Provenance:
John F. McGuigan Jr. and Mary K. McGuigan purchased these letters and generously donated them to the Archives of American Art between 2000 and 2019. The McGuigans have purchased and donated additional archival materials to the Archives, including a portion of the Douglas Volk and Leonard Wells Volk papers. In 2017 the McGuigans donated an addition to the Sylvester Rosa Koehler papers, including sixty-nine letters from A. Barry, Truman Howe Bartlett, William Merritt Chase, Timothy Cole, Edward Henry Clement, Cyrus Edwin Dallin, Robert Swain Gifford, George Inness, Anna Lea Merritt, Stephen Parrish, John Sartain, Francis Hopkinson Smith, and Frederic Porter Vinton.
Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
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:
Arts administrators  Search this
Art critics  Search this
Artists  Search this
Historians  Search this
Citation:
Mary K. McGuigan and John F. McGuigan Jr. artists' letters collection, 1794-1983. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.mcgumary
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Mary K. McGuigan and John F. McGuigan Jr. artists' letters collection
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw912b5c5be-6a69-4cb5-b8c2-6456e7226128
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-mcgumary

Alfred Stebbins autograph collection

Collector:
Stebbins, Alfred  Search this
Names:
Cranch, Christopher Pearse, 1813-1892  Search this
Darley, Felix Octavius Carr, 1822-1888  Search this
Gifford, Sanford Robinson, 1823-1880  Search this
Johnson, Eastman, 1824-1906  Search this
Kellogg, Miner K. (Miner Kilbourne), 1814-1889  Search this
Kensett, John Frederick, 1816-1872  Search this
McEntee, Jervis, 1828-1891  Search this
Morse, Samuel Finley Breese, 1791-1872  Search this
Nast, Thomas, 1840-1902  Search this
Palmer, Erastus Dow, 1817-1904  Search this
Smillie, George H. (George Henry), 1840-1921  Search this
Tuckerman, Henry T. (Henry Theodore), 1813-1871  Search this
Vanderlyn, John, 1775-1852  Search this
Whittredge, Worthington, 1820-1910  Search this
Extent:
1 Reel (ca. 100 items (on 1 microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Reels
Date:
1834-1872
Scope and Contents:
Letters, autographs, and photographs of artists solicited by Stebbins and pasted in his copy of Henry T. Tuckerman's BOOK OF THE ARTISTS (1867). Among the artists are Christopher P. Cranch, F.O.C. Darley, Sanford R. Gifford, Eastman Johnson, Miner K. Kellogg, John F. Kensett, Jervis McEntee, Samuel F.B. Morse, Thomas Nast, Erastus D. Palmer, George H. Smillie, John Vanderlyn and Worthington Whittredge.
Biographical / Historical:
Librarian of the San Francisco Mercantile Library Association.
Provenance:
Lent for microfilming 1965 by the Henry F. DuPont Winterthur Museum.
Restrictions:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Occupation:
Artists -- 19th century  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.stebalfr
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw901b21f5e-871d-455f-8ff3-0535fa45a8e3
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-stebalfr

Alfred Williams Anthony papers

Creator:
Anthony, Alfred Williams, 1860-1939  Search this
Names:
National Arts Club (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Abbey, Edwin Austin, 1852-1911  Search this
Beard, Daniel Carter, 1850-1941  Search this
Benjamin, S. G. W. (Samuel Greene Wheeler), 1837-1914  Search this
Bierstadt, Albert, 1830-1902  Search this
Blashfield, Edwin Howland, 1848-1936  Search this
Brenner, Victor David, 1871-1924  Search this
Chase, William Merritt, 1849-1916  Search this
Church, Frederic Edwin, 1826-1900  Search this
Coffin, William A. (William Anderson), 1855-1925  Search this
Cole, Thomas, 1801-1848  Search this
Cole, Timothy, 1852-1931  Search this
Cortissoz, Royal, 1869-1948  Search this
Cranch, Christopher Pearse, 1813-1892  Search this
Darley, Felix Octavius Carr, 1822-1888  Search this
Dielman, Frederick, 1847-1935  Search this
Downing, A. J. (Andrew Jackson), 1815-1852  Search this
Eastlake, Charles Lock, Sir, 1793-1865  Search this
French, Daniel Chester, 1850-1931  Search this
Gifford, Sanford Robinson, 1823-1880  Search this
Herbert, Henry William, 1807-1858  Search this
Homer, Winslow, 1836-1910  Search this
Huntington, Daniel, 1816-1906  Search this
Isham, Norman Morrison, 1864-1943  Search this
La Farge, John, 1835-1910  Search this
Leavitt, Edward C., d. 1904  Search this
Linton, W. J. (William James), 1812-1897  Search this
Lossing, Benson John, 1813-1891  Search this
Low, Will Hicok, 1853-1932  Search this
McEntee, Jervis, 1828-1891  Search this
Mills, John Harrison, 1842-1916  Search this
Morse, Samuel Finley Breese, 1791-1872  Search this
Nast, Thomas, 1840-1902  Search this
Opper, Frederick Burr, 1857-1937  Search this
Palmer, Erastus Dow, 1817-1904  Search this
Powers, Hiram, 1805-1873  Search this
Pyle, Howard, 1853-1911  Search this
Read, Thomas Buchanan, 1822-1872  Search this
Rosenthal, Albert, 1863-1939  Search this
Saint-Gaudens, Augustus, 1848-1907  Search this
Sartain, John, 1808-1897  Search this
Smillie, George Frederick Cumming, 1854-1924  Search this
Smith, Francis Hopkinson, 1838-1915  Search this
Taylor, Bayard, 1825-1878  Search this
Trumbull, John, 1756-1843  Search this
Tuckerman, Henry T. (Henry Theodore), 1813-1871  Search this
Volk, Douglas , 1856-1935  Search this
Ward, John Quincy Adams, 1830-1910  Search this
Waters, Clara Erskine Clement, 1834-1916  Search this
Weir, Robert Walter, 1803-1889  Search this
Extent:
2 Microfilm reels (partial microfilm reels)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Microfilm reels
Date:
circa1880-1930
Scope and Contents:
The microfilmed Alfred Williams Anthony papers contain letters, autographs, biographical data, and miscellaneous material collected by Anthony about 19th century artists.

Artists represented in the collection include: Edwin A. Abbey, Ernest Albert, Elizabeth A. Allen, Daniel C. Beard, Frank Beard, Samuel G. W. Benjamin, Albert Bierstadt, Nathaniel Blaisdell, Edwin H. Blashfield, Evangeline Blashfield, Charles W. Bolton, Victor D. Brenner, Sydney & Mrs. Burleigh, William M. Chase, Frederic E. Church, Harry Cochrane, William A. Coffin, Timothy Cole, Thomas Cole, Royal Cortissoz, Palmer Cox, Christopher Cranch, Felix O. C. Darley, Frederick Dellenbaugh, Frederick Dielman, Andrew J. Downing, Charles L. Eastlake, George W. Edwards, Daniel C. French, Edmund H. Garrett, Sanford R. Gifford, V. Gribayedoff, Henry W. Herbert, Elbert Hubbard, Daniel Huntington, Laurence Hutton, Ernest L. Ipshen, Norman W. Isham, F. Lynn Jenkins, John La Farge, Edward C. Leavitt, William J. Linton, Benson J. Lossing, Will H. Low, Jervis McEntee, George Merrill, John H. Mills, Thomas Moran, Samuel F.B. Morse, A. R. Mullen, Thomas Nast, National Arts Club, Wilbur F. Noyes,Frederick B. Opper, Mrs. Archie M. Palmer, Erastus D. Palmer, William F. Paris, Carl R. Parker, Hiram Powers, Howard Pyle, Thomas B. Read, Albert Rosenthal, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, John Sartain, Walter Smedley, George F. C. Smillie, Francis H. Smith, Bayard Taylor, Col. Henry S. Taylor, John Trumbull, Henry T. Tuckerman, Union League Club, N.Y., D. B. Updike, Vasili Vereschagen, Charles Vezin, Douglas Volk, D. Everett Waid, John Q. A. Ward, Clara E. Waters, Robert W. Weir, J. Thomson Willing, Ellsworth Woodward, Mabel Woodward, William Woodward, and F. Hammond Wright.
Biographical / Historical:
Alfred Williams Anthony (1860-1939) was a theologian, author, and educator in Lewiston, Maine. He served in various roles for the General Conference of Freewill Baptists, the Maine chapter of the Religious Education Association, and the Committee on Goodwill between Jews and Christians. Anthony also served on the boards of trustees for Bates College, Hillsdale College, and Brown University.
Related Materials:
The New York Public Library Archives and Manuscripts Division holds the Alfred Williams Anthony collection, 1679-1944. Bates College Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library holds the Alfred Williams Anthony papers, 1872-1996 and the Dressler family collection of Alfred Williams Anthony Papers, 1802-1985.
Provenance:
Microfilmed 1956 by the Archives of American Art with other art-related papers in the Manuscript Division of the New York Public Library. Included in the microfilming project were selected papers of the Art Division and the Prints Division.
Restrictions:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Occupation:
Educators -- Maine -- Lewiston  Search this
Theologians -- Maine  Search this
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.anthalfr
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9fbd0fda8-8fc8-489b-81c5-ed2a3e13ff88
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-anthalfr

The Brumbaugh Collection of Artist Letters

Creator:
Brumbaugh, Thomas B. (Thomas Brendle), 1921-  Search this
Names:
Beal, Gifford, 1879-1956  Search this
Brush, George de Forest, 1855-1941  Search this
Cloar, Carroll  Search this
Dewing, M. O. (Maria Oakey), 1855-1927  Search this
Faulkner, Barry, 1881-1966  Search this
Harding, Chester, 1792-1866  Search this
Healey, George.  Search this
Johnson, Eastman, 1824-1906  Search this
Lassaw, Ibram, 1913-2003  Search this
Moser, James Henry, 1854-1913  Search this
Palmer, Erastus Dow, 1817-1904  Search this
Reid, Robert, 1862-1929  Search this
Robus, Hugo, 1885-1964  Search this
Rossiter, Thomas Prichard, 1818-1871  Search this
Soyer, Isaac, 1902-1981  Search this
Speicher, Eugene Edward, 1883-1962  Search this
Thayer, Abbott Handerson, 1849-1921  Search this
Weber, Max, 1881-1961  Search this
Whittier, John Greenleaf, 1807-1892  Search this
Extent:
73 Items (Letters, written in ink, ball point, graphite, typewriter)
26 Items (Stamps)
3 Items (Photographs)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Correspondence
Place:
USA -- Tennessee -- Nashville
Date:
1831-1979
Scope and Contents:
This collection is an amalgamation of letters written and recieved by prominent figures in 19th and 20th century American Art. Included in the collection is a significant portion of letters from Abbott Thayer to correspondents from his circle of family, friends and art world figures such as Maria Oakey Dewing and Samuel Coleman.
Arrangement:
Organized alphabetically by author.
Biographical / Historical:
Beginning in his youth Thomas Brumbaugh collected autographed correspondence. Mr. Brumbaugh's collecting instincts resulted in a unique collaborative collection providing a glimpse into the lives of a variety of 19th and 20th century American artists, such as Abbott Thayer. Brumbaugh was a professor of fine arts at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, and author of many articles on American art and artists.
Local Numbers:
FSA A2009.06
Other Archival Materials:
Thomas B. Brumbaugh research material on Abbott Handerson Thayer and other artists, 1876-1994 (bulk 1960s-1994); Also located at Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Genre/Form:
Correspondence -- 19th century
Correspondence -- 20th century
Identifier:
FSA.A2009.06
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The Brumbaugh Collection of Artist Letters
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dc3c97e0741-78cf-4c38-aea1-870093acafa4
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-fsa-a2009-06
Online Media:

Erastus Dow Palmer letter

Creator:
Palmer, Erastus Dow, 1817-1904  Search this
Names:
Church, Frederic Edwin, 1826-1900  Search this
Extent:
1 Item ((on partial microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1868 March 10
Scope and Contents:
A letter to Palmer from Frederic Edwin Church, written from Jaffa, Palestine.
Biographical / Historical:
Sculptor; Albany, N.Y. Was self-taught. Was an expert joiner, patternmaker, and cameo cutter as well.
Provenance:
This typescript was prepared by the donor, David Huntington, in March 1957 from the original letter owned by Palmer's grandson, Joseph Gavit. Huntington writes, "I have had to do a minimum of editing. Church seldom used periods. He generally punctuated with dashes, or if the sentence ended at the margin he might not even write a dash. Where there would be a period, a double space has been left. If a word has been crossed out the typist has indicated dashes over the word."
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  Search this
Topic:
Sculpture, Modern -- 19th century -- New York (State)  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.palmeras
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw97d69fa36-0c3e-4895-b135-d4e1021f4ad0
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-palmeras

Washington Irving [sculpture] / (photographer unknown)

Artist:
Palmer, Erastus Dow 1817-1904  Search this
Subject:
Irving, Washington  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1865
Topic:
Portrait male--Bust  Search this
Occupation--Writer--Author  Search this
Image number:
SSC S0001832
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Metropolitan Museum of Art Study Collection of American Sculpture Photographs
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_128547
Online Media:

Erastus Dow Palmer: artist file, [photographs]

Artist:
Palmer, Erastus Dow 1817-1904  Search this
Subject:
Palmer, Erastus Dow  Search this
Physical description:
1 folder
Type:
Photograph
Artist files
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Portrait male--Knee length  Search this
Portrait male--Occupation--Artist  Search this
Occupation--Art--Sculptor  Search this
Image number:
VFM VF002215
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_140840

Sappho, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Palmer, Erastus Dow 1817-1904  Search this
Subject:
Sappho  Search this
Medium:
Plaster
Type:
Sculptures
Sculptures-Relief
Owner/Location:
Dartmouth College Hood Museum of Art Hanover New Hampshire 03755 Accession Number: S.2001.51.1
Date:
Ca. 1860
Topic:
Portrait female  Search this
Control number:
IAS 30660117
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_476400

Peter Monteath, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Palmer, Erastus Dow 1817-1904  Search this
Subject:
Monteath, Peter  Search this
Medium:
White marble
Type:
Sculptures-Medallion
Sculptures
Date:
1862
Topic:
Portrait male--Bust  Search this
Control number:
IAS 77006736
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_22618

June, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Palmer, Erastus Dow 1817-1904  Search this
Medium:
Carved marble
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Smithsonian American Art Museum 8th & G Streets, N.W Washington District of Columbia 20560 Accession Number: 1976.33
Date:
1865
Topic:
Figure female--Nude  Search this
Figure female--Bust  Search this
Allegory--Season--Summer  Search this
Control number:
IAS 08581347
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_290919

Silas Wright Monument, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Palmer, Erastus Dow 1817-1904  Search this
Architect:
Young, Ammi B. 1798-1874  Search this
Subject:
Wright, Silas  Search this
Medium:
White marble
Type:
Sculptures-Obelisk
Sculptures-Relief
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by Town of Weybridge Restoration Committee Rd 1 Quaker Village Road Middlebury Vermont 05753-9620
Located Cider Mill Road & Route 23 Weybridge Vermont 05753
Date:
Installed 1848. Completed Aug. 27, 1850
Topic:
Portrait male--Bust  Search this
Occupation--Political--Senator  Search this
Occupation--Law--Judge  Search this
Occupation--Political--Governor  Search this
Control number:
IAS VT000022
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_310372

Monument of Thomas Worth Olcott, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Palmer, Erastus Dow 1817-1904  Search this
Stone cutter:
Manson, William  Search this
Architectural firm:
Ogden and Wright  Search this
Subject:
Olcott, Thomas Worth  Search this
Medium:
Monument: granite; Medallion: bronze
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures-Gravestone
Sculptures-Medallion
Sculptures
Place:
New York
Date:
Medallion 1876. Monument 1881
Topic:
Portrait male--Bust  Search this
Occupation--Monetary--Banker  Search this
Homage--Olcott, Caroline Pepoon  Search this
Homage--Olcott, Frederick Worth  Search this
Homage--Olcott, Robert  Search this
Homage--Olcott, Mary Marvin  Search this
Homage--Olcott, Grace  Search this
Homage--Olcott, Dudley  Search this
Homage--Olcott, John Josiah  Search this
Control number:
IAS NY000476
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_331276

Benjamin Knower Relief, (sculpture)

Title:
Benjamin Knower Monument, (sculpture)
Sculptor:
Palmer, Erastus Dow 1817-1904  Search this
Subject:
Knower, Benjamin  Search this
Medium:
Monument: marble; Relief: marble
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures-Gravestone
Sculptures-Relief
Sculptures
Place:
New York
Date:
Late 1848
Topic:
Portrait male--Bust  Search this
Homage--Knower, Sarah Van Kleeck  Search this
Occupation--Craft  Search this
Occupation--Political--State Treasurer  Search this
Control number:
IAS NY000477
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_331277

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