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Nancy Douglas Bowditch and Brush family papers

Creator:
Bowditch, Nancy Douglas  Search this
Names:
Brush, George de Forest, 1855-1941  Search this
Clemens, Jane Lampton, 1880-1909  Search this
Faulkner, Barry, 1881-1966  Search this
Kent, Rockwell, 1882-1971  Search this
Parrish, Stephen, 1846-1938  Search this
Pearmain, William Robert, 1888-1912  Search this
Thayer, Abbott Handerson, 1849-1921  Search this
White, Nelson C.  Search this
Extent:
6.2 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Biographies
Paintings
Diaries
Sound recordings
Sketches
Scrapbooks
Notes
Photographs
Date:
circa 1860-1985
Summary:
The papers of painter, author, and designer Nancy Douglas Bowditch and the George de Forest Brush family measure 6.2 linear feet and date from circa 1860 to 1985. The majority of the collection consists of Bowditch's correspondence with family and friends and her notes and writings, particularly concerning her biography of her father George de Forest Brush The Joyous Painter, and her unpublished biography of her husband painter William Robert Pearmain. Brush family material includes scattered correspondence of George de Forest Brush and other family members, notes, sketches, clippings, and the family home building files, five scrapbooks, including two on William Robert Pearmain, and numerous photographs of the Brush family, Bowditch, and William Robert Pearmain. There is also correspondence between William Robert Pearmain and his family and artwork by Pearmin.
Scope and Contents note:
The papers of painter, author, and designer Nancy Douglas Bowditch and the George de Forest Brush family measure 6.2 linear feet and date from circa 1860 to 1985. The majority of the collection consists of Bowditch's correspondence with family and friends and her notes and writings, particularly concerning her biography of her father George de Forest Brush The Joyous Painter, and her unpublished biography of her husband painter William Robert Pearmain. Brush family material includes scattered correspondence of George de Forest Brush and other family members, notes, sketches, clippings, and the family home building files, five scrapbooks, including two on William Robert Pearmain, and numerous photographs of the Brush family, Bowditch, and William Robert Pearmain. There is also correspondence between William Robert Pearmain and his family and artwork by Pearmin.

Scattered family biographical materials include invitations, biographical sketches of George de Forest Brush, a ship's register, certificates, an obituary, and a sound recording of Nancy Bowditch.

Scattered personal business records include deeds of gift from various institutions and agreements from the publishing of The Joyous Painter.

One-third of the collection is correspondence with Nancy Douglas Bowditch, William Robert Pearmain, George de Forest Brush, and other members of the Brush, Pearmain, and Bowditch families. The majority of Nancy Douglas Bowditch's correspondence is from family and friends, although professional correspondence is also found. Nancy's notable correspondents include Jane Clemens, Barry Faulkner, Rockwell Kent, members of the Abbot Handerson Thayer family, and Nelson C. White. Also found are Nancy's letters to her first husband, William Robert Pearmain. Pearmain's correspondence includes letters from his parents, siblings, and his father-in-law, and a few letters from Pearmain to his family. George de Forest Brush's correspondence includes letters from friends and a few copies of letters written by Brush.

Writings and notes are primarily by Nancy Douglas Bowditch, the majority of which pertain to her biography of George de Forest Brush, The Joyous Painter, and her unpublished biography of William Robert Pearmain. Other writings are by George de Forest Brush, Tribbie Brush, Barry Faulkner, and William Robert Pearmain.

Artwork consists of approximately 78 drawings and sketches by William Robert Pearmain, 5 drawings and paintings by Nancy Bowditch, and one drawing by George de Forest Brush.

Brush family home and building files contain materials relating to a log cabin in New Hampshire, and the family home Brushwood which was built by William Robert Pearmain in 1911.

Five scrapbooks were compiled by members of the Brush, Pearmain, and Bowditch families. Two are about Pearmain, two are about George de Forest Brush, and one was organized by Harold Bowditch that contains family photographs.

Within printed materials are exhibition announcements and catalogs for George de Forest Brush, Barry Faulkner, Stephen Parrish, and Abbot Handerson Thayer.

Extensive photographs are of members of the Brush family, the Pearmain family, the Bowditch family, friends, and works of art by Bowditch, Brush, Pearmain and Douglas Volk. Included are portraits, snapshots, travel photos, wedding photos, and photos of the Brush family homes.
Arrangement note:
The collection is arranged as 9 series:

Series 1: Biographical Information, 1909-1965 (Box 1; 7 folders)

Series 2: Personal Business and Financial Records, 1908-1974 (Box 1; 3 folders)

Series 3: Correspondence, 1895-1979 (Boxes 1-3; 2.0 linear feet)

Series 4: Writings and Notes, circa 1900-1975 (Boxes 3-4; 1.0 linear feet)

Series 5: Artwork, 1898-1950 (Boxes 4, 9-10; 4 folders)

Series 6: Printed Material, 1889-1974 (Box 4; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 7: Brush Family Home Building Files, 1910-1971 (Boxes 4, 8, 10; 0.7 linear feet)

Series 8: Scrapbooks, circa 1907-circa 1985 (Boxes 5, 8; 0.7 linear feet)

Series 9: Photographs, circa 1860-1979 (Boxes 5-7, 11; 1.0 linear feet)
Biographical/Historical note:
Nancy Douglas Bowditch (1890-1979) worked primarily in the New Hampshire area as a painter, author, and costume and set designer. Bowditch's father was painter George de Forest Brush and she was first married to painter William Robert Pearmain, who died at an early age.

Nancy Douglas Bowditch was born to Mary and George de Forest Brush on July 4, 1890 in Paris, France. Along with her siblings Mary, Jane, Thea, Gerome, Tribbie, and Georgia, she often served as a subject of her father's paintings. The family lived in the artist colony of Dublin, New Hampshire where Nancy became close friends with their neighbor Samuel Clemens' (Mark Twain) daughter Jean Clemens.

Nancy met and became close to one of her father's pupils, William Robert Pearmain while traveling through Europe in 1907. Two years later, Nancy married Robert at the Brush family farm in Dublin, New Hampshire. Together, they had one daughter, Mary Alice whom they called Polly. Robert developed a strong political interest in growing anarchist movements, gave up painting and went to Pittsburgh to work in a factory. Shortly after, he became seriously ill and, upon the advice of a doctor, moved back to New Hampshire with Nancy. He soon died from leukemia in September 1912. In 1918, Nancy married her second husband Dr. Harold Bowditch from Boston, Massachusetts. With her second husband, Nancy had three more children, Martha, Henry, and George de Forest Bowditch.

Professionally, Nancy worked as a painter, wrote plays, and designed theatrical sets and costumes. In 1971, Bowditch published a biography of George de Forest Brush entitled The Joyous Painter. Nancy Douglas Bowditch died in 1979.
Related Archival Materials note:
Also among the collections at the Archives of American Art are the William Robert Pearmain and Pearmain family papers, 1888-1955, and an oral history with Nancy Douglas Bowditch conducted on January 30, 1974 by Robert F. Brown.
Provenance:
The Nancy Douglas Bowditch papers were donated to the Archives of American Art in several installments by Nancy Douglas Bowditch between 1968 and 1979. Bowditch's daughter, Mary A. Marlowe donated additional materials in 1982. In 2008, Joan Morgan, biographer of George de Forest Brush, donated additional papers she had acquired during her research.
Restrictions:
Use of originals requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Occupation:
Painters -- New Hampshire  Search this
Topic:
Designers -- New Hampshire  Search this
Authors -- New Hampshire  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Biographies
Paintings
Diaries
Sound recordings
Sketches
Scrapbooks
Notes
Photographs
Citation:
Nancy Douglas Bowditch and Brush family papers, circa 1860-1985. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.bowdnanc
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Archives of American Art
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ead_collection:sova-aaa-bowdnanc
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Parrish family papers

Creator:
Parrish family  Search this
Names:
Parrish, Maxfield, 1870-1966  Search this
Parrish, Stephen, 1846-1938  Search this
Extent:
0.6 Linear feet ((on partial microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1915-1953
Scope and Contents:
Letters, 1950-1952, to Maxfield Parrish, mostly from his wife, and letters, 1935-1953, to Parrish's sons Maxfield Jr. and Dillwyn from Maxfield and Mrs. Parrish, regarding family matters, with some references to Parrish's work and his surroundings, including the Santa Fe art colony. Also included are an account book of Stephen Parrish, 1880-1889, containing lists of titles and art works; and other financial records.
Biographical / Historical:
Artists; Philadelphia, Pa. and Windsor, Vt. Maxfield was an illustrator and painter; his father Stephen was a painter and etcher.
Provenance:
Microfilmed in 1990 as part of AAA's Philadelphia Arts Documentation Project.
Restrictions:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- New Mexico -- Santa Fe  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.parrparr
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-parrparr

Stephen Parrish letter

Creator:
Parrish, Stephen, 1846-1938  Search this
Extent:
1 Item ((on partial microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1887 Mar. 28
Scope and Contents:
Letter to Miss Fowler, about her purchasing an etching of Parrish's.
Biographical / Historical:
Illustrator, printmaker. Father of illustrator, Maxfield Parrish.
Provenance:
Donated 1955-1962 by Charles E. Feinberg, an active donor and friend of AAA.
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:
Illustrators  Search this
Topic:
Etching, American  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.parrstep
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-parrstep

Stephen Parrish, the etchings : a catalogue raisonné / Rona Schneider ; foreword, William H. Gerdts

Author:
Schneider, Rona  Search this
Gerdts, William H  Search this
Parrish, Stephen 1846-1938  Search this
Subject:
Parrish, Stephen 1846-1938  Search this
Physical description:
191 p. : ill., ports. ; 28 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Catalogues raisonnés
Date:
2007
C2007
19th century
Topic:
Etching, American  Search this
Call number:
NE2012.P33 A4 2007
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_895722

Stephen Parrish (1846-1938) : [exhibition] from September 22, 1982

Author:
Parrish, Stephen 1846-1938  Search this
Vose Galleries of Boston  Search this
Subject:
Parrish, Stephen 1846-1938  Search this
Physical description:
16 p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1982
[1982]
Call number:
N40.1.P247 V9
N40.1.P247V9
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_163201

Grey Day, Lobster Cove, Annisquam, Cape Ann, (painting)

Painter:
Parrish, Stephen 1846-1938  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Date:
1881
Topic:
Landscape--Massachusetts--Annisquam  Search this
Landscape--Coast  Search this
Landscape--Wharf  Search this
Waterscape--Harbor  Search this
Architecture--Boat--Sailboat  Search this
Architecture--Boat--Rowboat  Search this
Architecture exterior--Domestic--House  Search this
Control number:
IAP 8E720004
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_450163

Landscape with Dolly Varden House, (painting)

Painter:
Parrish, Stephen 1846-1938  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Mount Holyoke College Art Museum South Hadley Massachusetts 01075 Accession Number: 1994.5
Topic:
Landscape  Search this
Architecture exterior--Domestic--House  Search this
Control number:
IAP 60500199
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_459725

Flooded Lands, Adirondacks, (painting)

Painter:
Parrish, Stephen 1846-1938  Search this
Medium:
Oil on cardboard
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Adirondack Museum Blue Mountain Lake New York 12812 Accession Number: 82.131.01
Date:
1880
Topic:
Landscape--Mountain--Adirondack Mountains  Search this
Landscape--New York  Search this
Landscape--Lake  Search this
Architecture exterior  Search this
Control number:
IAP 33560188
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_384925

On the Miami River, (painting)

Painter:
Parrish, Stephen 1846-1938  Search this
Medium:
Oil on panel
Type:
Paintings
Date:
1900
Topic:
Landscape--Florida  Search this
Landscape--River--Miami River  Search this
Control number:
IAP 8A360035
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_395569

Drying Sails at Granville, Normandy, (painting)

Painter:
Parrish, Stephen 1846-1938  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Type:
Paintings
Date:
Ca. 1885
Topic:
Occupation--Industry--Fishing  Search this
Landscape--Beach  Search this
Waterscape--Boat  Search this
Landscape--France--Normandy  Search this
Control number:
IAP 86350043
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_233279

Village Landscape, (painting)

Painter:
Parrish, Stephen 1846-1938  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Type:
Paintings
Topic:
Cityscape--Town  Search this
Control number:
IAP 9B180050
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_246263

Loblolly Cove, (painting)

Painter:
Parrish, Stephen 1846-1938  Search this
Medium:
Oil on wood panel
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Montclair Art Museum 3 South Mountain Avenue Montclair New Jersey 07042 Accession Number: 21.1
Topic:
Landscape--United States--Loblolly Cove  Search this
Landscape--Coast  Search this
Control number:
IAP 31620095
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_276119

October, (painting)

Painter:
Parrish, Stephen 1846-1938  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Sotheby Parke Bernet New York New York
Topic:
Landscape--Season--Autumn  Search this
Landscape--River  Search this
Landscape--Farm  Search this
Architecture exterior--Domestic--Farmhouse  Search this
Architecture exterior--Domestic--Shed  Search this
Architecture exterior--Detail--Fence  Search this
Architecture exterior--Detail--Gate  Search this
Control number:
IAP 63008390
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_289041

Harbor, (painting)

Painter:
Parrish, Stephen 1846-1938  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Schwarz Gallery 1806 Chestnut Street Philadelphia Pennsylvania 19103
Topic:
Waterscape--Harbor  Search this
Control number:
IAP 62400168
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_110013

Sheep, (painting)

Painter:
Parrish, Stephen 1846-1938  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Type:
Paintings
Topic:
Animal--Sheep  Search this
Landscape--Farm  Search this
Control number:
IAP 70160064
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_128118

Market Place at Yvetet, (painting)

Painter:
Parrish, Stephen 1846-1938  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Juniata College Huntington Pennsylvania 16652
Date:
1885
Topic:
Occupation--Vendor  Search this
Cityscape--France--Yvetet  Search this
Architecture--Commercial--Market  Search this
Architecture--Monument--Fountain  Search this
Animal--Bird--Chicken  Search this
Control number:
IAP 72760196
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_162453

The Abandoned Mill, (painting)

Painter:
Parrish, Stephen 1846-1938  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Brown Corbin Fine Art Lincoln Massachusetts
Topic:
Occupation--Industry  Search this
Landscape--River  Search this
Architecture exterior--Industry--Mill  Search this
Control number:
IAP 73280207
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_167718

Gloucester Harbor, (painting)

Painter:
Parrish, Stephen 1846-1938  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Schwarz Gallery 1806 Chestnut Street Philadelphia Pennsylvania 19103
Date:
1884
Topic:
Cityscape--Massachusetts--Gloucester  Search this
Waterscape--Harbor  Search this
Control number:
IAP 80045801
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_179014

The Breakup of Winter, (painting)

Painter:
Parrish, Stephen 1846-1938  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Toledo Museum of Art 2445 Monroe Street Toledo Ohio 43601 Accession Number: 12.922
Date:
1912
Topic:
Landscape--New Hampshire--Cornish  Search this
Landscape--Season--Winter  Search this
Control number:
IAP 42520134
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_53728

Farmyard Scene, (painting)

Painter:
Parrish, Stephen 1846-1938  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Kennedy Galleries New York New York
Topic:
Landscape--Farm  Search this
Architecture--Farm  Search this
Control number:
IAP 61023163
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_76817

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