(correspondence with artist friend who was also Kent's attorney, concerning: purchase of property, Kent's complaint against Delaware and Hudson, problems with publishers, refugees in Dominican Republic, investments, Kent's American Labor Party campaign, politics, revision of wills of Rockwell and Sally, criticism of Metropolitan Museum, gifts and purchases of art by Rosenberg, civil rights, and anti-Semitism; also gallery announcements of Rosenberg exhibitions)
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Rockwell Kent papers, circa 1840-1993, bulk 1935-1961. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Correspondence, a photograph, and invoices relating to Chester Dale's relationship with George Bellows and Dale's interest in Bellows' works of art.
Correspondence includes twelve letters between George Bellows and Chester Dale regarding Dale's patronage of Bellows and personal matters, 1919-1929. Also included is correspondence between Chester Dale and Marie Sterner, Alaric Simson, and W. Martin Griffith regarding works by Bellows, 1924-1930. Additional letters are from James Rosenberg and Julian Bowes to Dale pertaining to Bowes' portrait sculpture of Bellows, 1927. A photograph of the sculpture is included with the letters.
Seven invoices are from H.V. Allison and Sons to Chester Dale for purchases of works by Bellows, 1944-1956, and an invoice from C.W. Kraushaar Galleries to Dale for a Bellows lithograph, 1929.
Biographical / Historical:
Chester Dale (1883-1962) was an art collector in New York, N.Y. Dale collected 19th and 20th century art works.
Donated 2010 by Martha J. Fleischman, Archives of American Art trustee and benefactor, who purchased the collection at auction.
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Correspondence; writings; notes; estate lists; contracts; photographs of works of art; exhibition catalogs; clippings; miscellaneous printed material.
REEL 925: Correspondence with artists, 1954-1968, concerning Benton's purchase and background of their works; and writings by Benton on Soviet art.
REEL 3134: A 13-page, incomplete, typescript, 1955, "Reginald Marsh as I Remember Him," by Benton. He writes of working with Marsh on the YALE RECORD and collecting Marsh's paintings.
REEL 4073: Correspondence, 1940-1983, with artists; typescripts on Marsh; writing by Jack Levine "How the Witches' Sabbath was Painted";
photographs and lists of works of art; a notebook "Works of Art on Loan to the William Benton Museum, University of Connecticut" from Benton's estate; a notebook "Painting Contracts" between artists, galleries, and Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc.; notebook "Sold," containing data on the sale of Reginald Marsh's work;
printed material on Rockwell Kent, Thomas Hart Benton, Benton's collection, and others; photocopies of 2 portions of Ivan Albright's sketchbooks; a notebook "Britannica Painting Exhibitions Manual of Procedure"; a 2 p. typescript "The Story of My Portrait" by Grant Wood's sister Nan Wood Graham; 3 illustrated notebooks by Ivan Albright; and a sketchbook by Reginald Marsh containing 33 figure sketches.
Correspondents include Ivan Albright, Thomas Hart Benton, George Biddle, Isabel Bishop, Aaron Bohrod, Salvador Dali, Abner Dean, Koren Der Harootian, Jimmy Ernst, Milton Hebald, Joseph Hirsch, Ben Johnson, Rockwell Kent, Frank Kleinholz, Jack Levine, Reginald Marsh, Henry Varnum Poor, James N. Rosenberg, Hella Moravic Sachs, and Orest G. Vereisky.
Biographical / Historical:
Art collector, politician; Chicago, Ill. Publisher of ENCYCLOPAEDIA BRITANNICA, Vice-President of the University of Chicago, Congressman from Connecticut, and an avid collector of American art. Benton and Reginald Marsh were classmates and collaborated respectively as editor and illustrator for the Yale newspaper. During the Depression, Benton provided Marsh with a monthly stipend for which he received a monthly painting. When he became chairman of the board of ENCYCLOPAEDIA BRITANNICA, Benton collected contemporary American painting to Americanize BRITANNICA's British image.
Material on reel 925 and 3134 donated by Benton 1968. His family donated and lent additional material 1985-1986, including originals of some letters which were originally donated as photocopies.
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Edward Bruce papers, 1902-1960 (bulk 1932-1942). Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.