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Martin Birnbaum papers

Creator:
Birnbaum, Martin, 1878-1970  Search this
Names:
Fogg Art Museum  Search this
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Philadelphia Museum of Art  Search this
Scott & Fowles (Firm)  Search this
Beardsley, Aubrey, 1872-1898  Search this
Beaux, Cecilia, 1855-1942  Search this
Bruce, Edward, 1879-1943  Search this
Bufano, Beniamino, 1898-1970  Search this
Chanler, Robert Winthrop, 1872-1930  Search this
Choate, Mabel, 1870-1958  Search this
Clark, Stephen C. (Stephen Carlton), b. 1882  Search this
Cœdès, George  Search this
Davis, Edmund  Search this
Davis, Reginald  Search this
Despiau, Charles, 1874-1946  Search this
Diederich, William Hunt, 1884-1953  Search this
Dillingham, Louise  Search this
Douglas, Norman, 1868-1952  Search this
Dulac, Edmund, 1882-1953  Search this
Fernández, Luis, 1900-1973  Search this
Haseltine, Herbert, 1877-1962  Search this
Hoffman, Malvina, 1887-1966  Search this
Hoowij, Jan, 1907-  Search this
Jacobs, Leonebel  Search this
John, Augustus, 1878-1961  Search this
Jones, Lois Mailou, 1905-1998  Search this
Kester, Lenard, 1917-  Search this
Manship, Paul, 1885-1966  Search this
McIlhenny, Henry P.  Search this
Melchers, Gari, 1860-1932  Search this
Nadelman, Elie, 1882-1946  Search this
Parmelee, James  Search this
Parrish, Maxfield, 1870-1966  Search this
Potterton, Alfred B.  Search this
Richter, Gisela Marie Augusta, 1882-1972  Search this
Ricketts, Charles S., 1866-1931  Search this
Rock, Joseph Francis Charles, 1884-1962  Search this
Rothenstein, William, Sir, 1872-1945  Search this
Sargent, John Singer, 1856-1925  Search this
Scott, Stevenson  Search this
Scudder, Janet, b. 1873  Search this
Sinclair, Upton, 1878-1968  Search this
Sprinchorn, Carl, 1887-1971  Search this
Stein, Leo, 1872-1947  Search this
Sterne, Maurice, 1878-1957  Search this
Sterner, Albert, 1863-1946  Search this
Werntz, Carl N. (Carl Newland), 1874-1944  Search this
Wilson, Stanley  Search this
Winthrop, Grenville Lindall, 1864-1943  Search this
Extent:
3.2 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sketches
Etchings
Photographs
Date:
1862-1967
bulk 1920-1967
Summary:
The papers of New York art dealer, critic, and author Martin Birnbaum measure 3.2 linear feet and date from 1862-1967, with the bulk of the material dating from 1920-1967. The papers document Birnbaum's association with the firm of Scott & Fowles, the lives and activities of his friends and colleagues, and his literary work, through biographical material, correspondence, writings and notes, business records, printed material, a scrapbook, scattered artwork, and photographs of Birnbaum, friends and colleagues, and artwork.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of New York art dealer, critic, and author Martin Birnbaum measure 3.2 linear feet and date from 1862-1967, with the bulk of the material dating from 1920-1967. The papers document Birnbaum's association with the firm of Scott & Fowles, the lives and activities of his friends and colleagues, and his literary work, through biographical material, correspondence, writings and notes, business records, printed material, a scrapbook, scattered artwork, and photographs of Birnbaum, friends and colleagues, and artwork.

Correspondence, primarily letters received by Birnbaum in New York, and throughout Europe from 1917-1960s, reflects Birnbaum's association with Scott & Fowles, particularly Stevenson Scott, and includes many details about the lives and activities of his correspondents, among them: artists Edward Bruce, Cecilia Beaux, Beniamino Bufano, Stephen C. Clark, Louise Dillingham, William Hunt Diedrich, Luis Fernandez, Herbert Haseltine, Jan Hoowij, Malvina Hoffman, Leonebel Jacobs, Lenard Kester, Lois Mailou Jones, Paul Manship, Gari Melchers, Maxfield Parrish, Charles S. Ricketts, William Rothenstein, John Singer Sargent, Janet Scudder, Carl Sprinchorn, Maurice Sterne, Albert Sterner, Carl N. Wertz, and Stanley Wilson. Also found is correspondence with art collectors and patrons including Mabel Choate, Edmund Davis, Reginald Davis, Henry P. McIlhenny, James Parmalee, Edith Wetmore, and Grenville Windall Linthrop, and museums including the Fogg Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and then curator Gisela Marie Augusta Richter, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Correspondence with scholars, writers, and publishers including George Coedes, Edmund Dulac, Joseph Francis Charles Rock, Upton Sinclair and others, documents aspects of Birnbaum's literary and scholarly work.

Writings include drafts of The Last Romantic, including Upton Sinclair's revision, and some of Birnbaum's early published and unpublished writings, as well as notes on Aubrey Beardsley.

Business records include financial records such as bills, receipts, canceled checks and statements for sales of artwork, and scattered legal records.

A small amount of printed material primarily consists of programs for musical events which evidence Birnbaum's early success as a violinist, as well as scattered news clippings, 2 exhibition catalogs, and announcements for the publications of Angkor and the Mandarin Road and The Last Romantic. Additional printed material about Birnbaum can be found in the dismantled scrapbook, 1960-1961.

Artwork includes 2 etchings and a sketch by Birnbaum, bookplates by various artists, circa 10 sketches by other and unidentified artists, and 3 cards with original artwork.

Photographs include snapshots and portraits of Birnbaum and artists and friends, among them: Robert Chanler, Charles Despiau, Norman Douglas, Luis Fernandez, Herbert Haseltine, Augustus John, Paul Manship, Gari Melchers, Elie Nadelman, Albert Sterner, Stevenson Scott, and Grenville Lindall Winthrop. Also found is a photo of Birnbaum with Edward Bruce, Alfred Potterton, Leon Stein, and Maurice Sterne, circa 1915-1916, and photographs proposed for use in The Last Romantic, travel snapshots, and photos of artwork.
Arrangement:
Collection is arranged as 8 series.

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1890-1950s (0.3 linear feet; Box 1, OVs 4-5)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1862-1967 (1.7 linear feet; Boxes 1-2)

Series 3: Writings and Notes, circa 1890-circa 1960 (0.45 linear feet; Box 2)

Series 4: Business Records, 1918-1967 (0.15 linear feet; Box 2)

Series 5: Printed Material, 1895-circa 1960 (0.15 linear feet; Box 3)

Series 6: Scrapbook, 1960-1961 (1 folder; Box 3)

Series 7: Artwork, circa 1890-circa 1960 (0.15 linear feet; Box 3)

Series 8: Photographs, circa 1900-circa 1960s (0.3 linear feet; Box 3)
Biographical / Historical:
New York art dealer, critic, and author Martin Birmbaum (1878-1970) was the manager of the American branch of the Berlin Photographic Company in New York City from 1910–1916, and a longtime partner in the art firm Scott & Fowles. He spent the later part of his career building the Grenville Lindall Winthrop Collection, now at the Fogg Museum.

Birnbaum immigrated to the United States from Hungary as a child. He was an accomplished violinist who studied at City College of New York, and graduated with a law degree from Columbia University in 1901, but developed a life-long interest in art during visits to Europe. As manager of the Berlin Photographic Company he had great success in staging art exhibitions at the company's New York galleries, which led him to a junior partnership in the Fifth Avenue firm of art dealers, Scott & Fowles. Birnbaum traveled widely and built relationships with many of the prominent artists and art collectors of his day and, in addition to the Grenville Lindall Winthrop collection, was influential in developing other important art collections including those of Edward Davis, Reginald Davis, and Henry P. McIlhenny.

Birnbaum wrote widely about his experiences and encounters in the world of wealthy socialites, literary salons, artists, art patrons, and collectors in publications such as Aubrey Vincent Beardsley (Berlin Photographic Co., 1911), Oscar Wilde: Fragments and Memories (J.F. Drake, Incorporated, 1914) , Vanishing Eden:Wanderings in the Tropics (New York: William E. Rudge's Sons, 1942), Angkor and the Mandarin Road (Vantage Press, 1952), and The Last Romantic (Twayne Publishers, 1961). He died in 1970 at the age of 92.
Separated Materials:
The Archives of American Art also holds microfilm of material lent for microfilming (reels N698, N698A-N698B) including correspondence, bookplates, sketches, newspaper clippings, and a list of books containing ornamental drawings and illustrations. Loaned materials were returned to the lender and are not described in the collection container inventory.
Provenance:
Material on reels N698, N698A-N698B were lent for microfilming by Martin Birnbaum in 1967. The rest of the collection was donated in an anonymous gift in 1970 and by Martin Birnbaum's great-nephew, Jerome Ziegler, in 1975.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Rights:
The Martin Birnbaum 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.
Topic:
Art critics -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Authors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Art dealers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art galleries, Commercial -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sketches
Etchings
Photographs
Citation:
Martin Birnbaum papers, 1962-1967, bulk 1920-1967. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.birnmart
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Martin Birnbaum papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-birnmart

Stevenson Scott papers relating to Augustus John

Creator:
Scott, Stevenson  Search this
Names:
Scott & Fowles (Firm)  Search this
John, Augustus, 1878-1961  Search this
Extent:
9 Items
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1923-1949
Scope and Contents:
Letters from British artist Augustus John to his dealer, Stevenson Scott of Scott & Fowles, and related clippings. Included are three letters, 1929, discussing John's painting, "Chrysanthemum," which Scott had to send back to John before it could be included in his show in New York; one letter, 1942, referring to his portrait of Trelawney Dayrell-Reed, a British archaeologist, and a neighbor, and mentioning that his London studio was hit by a German land-mine; and a letter, 15 June 1943, describing having to interrupt work on the portrait of Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mother), consort of King George VI, due to the blitzing of Buckingham Palace. Clippings include two reviews of a 1949 retrospective of Augustus John at Scott & Fowles; one review is by Henry McBride, writing for the New York Sun.
Biographical / Historical:
Stevenson Scott, of Scott & Fowles, was a dealer for British painter Augustus John.
Provenance:
Donated 1999 by Stevenson Scott Kaminer of Washington, D.C., grandson of Stevenson Scott, through Elizabeth Oustinoff of Adelson Galleries, New York.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Identifier:
AAA.scotstev
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-scotstev

Scott & Fowles artists' files and scrapbook

Creator:
Scott & Fowles (Firm)  Search this
Extent:
2.2 Linear feet ((partially microfilmed on 1 reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1904-1946
Scope and Contents:
Artists files and scrapbook.
UNMICROFILMED: Three hundred fifty-five artists files containing reproductions of works of art, letters, notes, and printed material.
REEL D8: Scrapbook containing gallery literature and newspaper clippings relating to Scott & Fowles.
Biographical / Historical:
Commercial art gallery; New York, N.Y. Now defunct. Originally established around 1905. Closed ca. 1943.
Provenance:
Artists files donated to Cincinnati Art Museum in 1980 by Mathilda Boelscher, a former employee of Scott and Fowles. Cincinnati Art Museum donated the files to AAA in 1981, through Pat Rutledge, librarian at the museum. Some files were removed by a curator at the Taft Museum, Cincinnati, before being received by AAA. Material on reel D8 lent for filming 1956 by Wildenstein & Co.
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:
Artists  Search this
Function:
Art galleries, Commercial -- New York (State) -- New York
Identifier:
AAA.scotfowl
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-scotfowl

Scott & Fowles artists' files and scrapbook, 1904-1946

Creator:
Scott & Fowles (Firm)  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7290
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209442
AAA_collcode_scotfowl
Theme:
The Art Market
Art Gallery Records
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209442

Martin Birnbaum papers, 1862-1967, bulk 1920-1967

Creator:
Birnbaum, Martin, 1878-1970  Search this
Subject:
Sterner, Albert  Search this
Werntz, Carl N. (Carl Newland)  Search this
Sprinchorn, Carl  Search this
Sterne, Maurice  Search this
Winthrop, Grenville Lindall  Search this
Wilson, Stanley  Search this
Dillingham, Louise  Search this
Cœdès, George  Search this
Choate, Mabel  Search this
Clark, Stephen C. (Stephen Carlton)  Search this
Bufano, Beniamino  Search this
Chanler, Robert Winthrop  Search this
Beaux, Cecilia  Search this
Bruce, Edward  Search this
Beardsley, Aubrey  Search this
Stein, Leo  Search this
Sinclair, Upton  Search this
John, Augustus  Search this
Haseltine, Herbert  Search this
Jones, Lois Mailou  Search this
Nadelman, Elie  Search this
Dulac, Edmund  Search this
Kester, Lenard  Search this
Manship, Paul  Search this
Hoffman, Malvina  Search this
Rothenstein, William, Sir  Search this
Scott, Stevenson  Search this
Richter, Gisela Marie Augusta  Search this
McIlhenny, Henry P.  Search this
Parmelee, James  Search this
Melchers, Gari  Search this
Ricketts, Charles S.  Search this
Sargent, John Singer  Search this
Potterton, Alfred B.  Search this
Parrish, Maxfield  Search this
Jacobs, Leonebel  Search this
Douglas, Norman  Search this
Scudder, Janet  Search this
Fernández, Luis  Search this
Rock, Joseph Francis Charles  Search this
Hoowij, Jan  Search this
Davis, Reginald  Search this
Davis, Edmund  Search this
Despiau, Charles  Search this
Diederich, William Hunt  Search this
Fogg Art Museum  Search this
Scott & Fowles (Firm)  Search this
Philadelphia Museum of Art  Search this
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Type:
Sketches
Etchings
Photographs
Topic:
Art critics -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Authors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Art dealers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art galleries, Commercial -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8888
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211073
AAA_collcode_birnmart
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Government Sponsorship of the Arts
Audio - Visual
The Art Market
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211073
Online Media:

Stevenson Scott papers relating to Augustus John, 1923-1949

Creator:
Scott, Stevenson  Search this
Subject:
John, Augustus  Search this
Scott & Fowles (Firm)  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6238
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216550
AAA_collcode_scotstev
Theme:
American Art and Artists in a Global Context
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_216550

Scott & Fowles exhibition catalogs and invitation, [ca. 1915-1917]

Creator:
Scott & Fowles (Firm)  Search this
Subject:
Nielsen, Kay Rasmus 1886-1957  Search this
Parrish, Maxfield 1870-1966  Search this
Physical description:
4 items
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1915
1917
ca 1915-1917
Local number:
AAA
Restrictions & Rights:
Patrons must use microfilm copy
See more items in:
Miscellaneous art exhibition catalog collection 1887-1934 bulk 1915-1925
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_215529

Catalogue of an exhibition of sculpture and drawings by Elie Nadelman / with and introduction by Martin Birnbaum

Author:
Nadelman, Elie 1882-1946  Search this
Birnbaum, Martin 1878-1970  Search this
Scott & Fowles (Firm)  Search this
Subject:
Nadelman, Elie 1882-1946  Search this
Physical description:
14 pages : illustrated, portrait ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
20uu
1917
20uu]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_623036

Catalogue of an exhibition of original drawings by John Flaxman, R.A. : with an introductory essay / by Martin Birnbaum

Author:
Scott & Fowles (Firm)  Search this
Birnboym, Marṭin  Search this
Subject:
Flaxman, John 1755-1826  Search this
Physical description:
31, [1] p., [1] leaf of plates : port. ; 20 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1918
Call number:
NC15.N5 S42 1918
NC15.N5S42 1918
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_228833

Loan exhibition of portraits of George Washington; the First President, as seen by ten artists: Gilbert Stuart, Charles Wilson Peale, Rembrandt Peale, Robert Edge Pine, James Sharples, Edward Savage, Joseph Wright, Robert Field, Thomas Sully, Charles Peale Polk

Author:
Rousuck, E. J (Emanuel Jay) 1898-  Search this
Scott & Fowles (Firm)  Search this
Subject:
Washington, George 1732-1799  Search this
Physical description:
[31] pages portraits 23 cm
Type:
Books
Portraits
Date:
1947
[1947]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1066907

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