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Chester Beach papers, 1846-1999, bulk 1895-1999

Creator:
Beach, Chester, 1881-1956  Search this
Subject:
Winter, Ezra  Search this
Olmsted, Frederick Law  Search this
MacMonnies, Frederick William  Search this
Allen, Mary Jester  Search this
Beach, Eleanor Murdock  Search this
Piexotto, Jessica B.  Search this
Couper, William  Search this
Käsebier, Gertrude  Search this
Carrington, Fitz Roy  Search this
Blumenschein, Ernest Leonard  Search this
Greacen, Edmund W.  Search this
Fitchen, Eleanor Beach  Search this
French, Daniel Chester  Search this
Kuhn, Brenda  Search this
Jackson, Hazel Brill  Search this
Jennewein, Carl Paul  Search this
Hancock, Walker Kirtland  Search this
Mora, F. Luis (Francis Luis)  Search this
Leibig, Bonnie  Search this
Nelson, Laurence  Search this
Nisbet, Robert H.  Search this
Kuhn, Walt  Search this
Salmagundi Club  Search this
American Academy in Rome  Search this
National Academy of Design (U.S.)  Search this
Frontier Art Colony  Search this
Architectural League of New York  Search this
Cleveland Museum of Art  Search this
Salon d'automne  Search this
Ecole nationale supérieure des beaux-arts (France)  Search this
Panama-Pacific International Exposition (1915 : San Francisco, Calif.)  Search this
Mark Hopkins Institute of Art  Search this
National Sculpture Society (U.S.)  Search this
Type:
Scrapbooks
Sketches
Christmas cards
Drawings
Photographs
Prints
Sketchbooks
Citation:
Chester Beach papers, 1846-1999, bulk 1895-1999. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Sculptors, American -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Eclecticism in architecture  Search this
Sculpture -- Technique  Search this
Sculpture -- Equipment and supplies  Search this
Artists' studios  Search this
Sculpture -- Economic aspects  Search this
Theme:
Diaries  Search this
Lives of artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8873
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211058
AAA_collcode_beacches
Theme:
Diaries
Lives of artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211058
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Roy De Forest, 2004 April 7-June 30

Interviewee:
De Forest, Roy, 1930-  Search this
Interviewer:
Matteson, Lynn Robert, 1939-  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Roy De Forest, 2004 April 7-June 30. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Abstract expressionism  Search this
Painting -- Equipment and supplies  Search this
Painting -- Technique  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13232
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)248953
AAA_collcode_defore04
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_248953
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Roy De Forest

Creator:
De Forest, Roy, 1930-2007  Search this
Interviewer:
Matteson, Lynn Robert  Search this
Extent:
80 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2004 April 7-June 30
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Roy De Forest conducted 2004 April 7-June 30, by Lynn Robert Matteson, for the Archives of American Art, in Port Costa, California.
De Forest speaks of an early interest in painting and drawing; acceptance to California School of Fine Arts; his time spent in San Francisco; working at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; studying and teaching at Junior College in Yakima, California School of Fine Arts, San Francisco State, and the University of California, Davis; his relationship with other artists including Allan Stone, Allan Frumkin, Jim Newman; gallery shows at Dilexi Gallery, King Ubu Gallery, Six Gallery; time spent in the army; teaching at San Quentin State Prison; his opinions on and influence of Abstract Expressionism in his work; the influence of Paolo Uccello, Guieseppe Acrimboldo, and Piet Mondrian in his work; having a traveling show through the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City; West Coast versus East Coast artists; artists' interest in history of art; techniques in art; types of paint and motives of use, specifically between water-based paint over oil; paint technology; the durability of pieces as a result of using particular types of paint; art restoration; sculpture and frame constructions; the history of his casting period; pieces he was working on at the time of the interview; his work with tile and ceramics; his book, "Journey to the Canine Territory"; his period in scroll painting; references and iconography in his work and influences from previous artists, pieces, and periods; opinions on artists including Agnes Martin, Eva Hesse, Cy Twombly, and Joan Brown; poetical influences and his poetic preferences; Surrealist elements in pieces; his use of animals in paintings; philosophical influences; the influences of technology such as television and computers; his printmaking career; scale and size in his pieces; painting "streaks"; the creation of characters and figures in his paintings; the influence of travel on his art; the nature and attitude of contemporary artists; modern architecture and museum spaces; architects including Frank Gehry and Richard Meier; his hobbies of model creation and woodworking; and his perception of himself. De Forest recalls Hassel Smith, Richard Crozier, Robert Duncan, John Guttman, George Adams, Robert Arneson, Lucian Pompili, John Humphrey, Peter Saul, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Interviewee Roy De Forest (1930-2007) was a painter and sculptor from Port Costa, California. Interviewer Lynn Robert Matteson (1939- ) is an art historian from Santa Barbara, California.
General:
Originally recorded on 4 sound discs and 1 sound cassette. Reformatted in 2010 as 10 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hr., 17 min.
Microphone was not working during last session, 2004 June 30. Interview equipment was replaced with an analog recorder and the sound for the last forty-five minutes is not as clear as the rest of the interview. It is difficult to hear the interviewer during this session.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Topic:
Abstract expressionism  Search this
Painting -- Equipment and supplies  Search this
Painting -- Technique  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.defore04
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw991a93108-d830-4b1b-ab86-e65a2583ed71
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-defore04
Online Media:

[Trade catalogs from Foreign Plastic Arts Co.]

Company Name:
Foreign Plastic Arts Co.  Search this
Notes content:
Plaster reproductions from antique, Renaissance, and modern sculpture ; subjects for interior decorations of school-houses ;
Includes:
Trade catalog and price lists
Black and white images
Physical description:
2 pieces; 1 box
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Date:
1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Educational institutions; equipment and supplies (includes playground equipment)  Search this
Furniture and furnishings  Search this
Topic:
"Schools -- Furniture, equipment, etc."  Search this
Furniture industry and trade  Search this
House furnishings  Search this
Interior decoration  Search this
Playgrounds  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_16053
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_16053

[Trade catalogs from Erkins Studios, Inc.]

Variant company name:
Established 1900  Search this
Company Name:
Erkins Studios, Inc.  Search this
Notes content:
Garden ornaments ; bird baths ; fountains ; sculptures ; benches ; sundials ; gazing globes ; etc.
Includes:
Trade catalog and price lists
Black and white images
Physical description:
3 pieces; 2 boxes
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
New York, New York, United States
Date:
1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Furniture and furnishings  Search this
Garden and lawn equipment and supplies  Search this
Topic:
Furniture industry and trade  Search this
Garden ornaments and furniture  Search this
Garden tools  Search this
House furnishings  Search this
Interior decoration  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_16133
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_16133

[Trade catalogs from Kenneth Lynch & Sons]

Company Name:
Kenneth Lynch & Sons  Search this
Related companies:
Kenneth Lynch ; Kenneth Lynch & Sons, Inc. ; A. M. Byers Co. ; F. H. McGraw & Co. ; Kenneth Lynch & Son, Inc. ; Kenneth Lynch Inc. (NY)  Search this
Notes content:
"The Book of Garden Ornament: 2076" ; figures ; weathervanes ; clocks ; urns ; stone balusters ; shingles and siding ; stone , "Canterbury Bronze" or "Eternity Lead" statuary ; benches ; "Devotional Pieces" , religious themed sculpture ; "Japanese Stone Lanterns" ; other Asian-inspired sculpture ; animal sculptures ; tablets and plaques ; finials ; planters ; bird baths ; topiary forms ; "rain trees" ; pool systems for fountains ; pedestals ; sundials ; stanchions ; "snow guards ; "bollards" ; steel curbing ; door knockers and shoe scrapers ; treillage ; trellises ; andirons ; other fireplace equipment ; "Outdoor Cooking" supplies ; charcoal grill and accessories ; art gallery and museum equipment ; reflectors ; picture rods ; picture wire and picture chain ; show cases ; other art gallery and museum supplies ; other decorative lawn and garden pieces ; "A Steeple and A Weathervane" , detailing the reconstruction of the steeple and weathervane of the "Old North Church" or "Christ Church" damaged by Hurricane Carol in 1954 [a successor to the church steeple that Robert Newman hung lanterns in to give Paul Revere the signal regarding the British invasion] in Boston, MA , in cooperation with the A. M. Byers Co. and F. H. McGraw & Co. ; "Manship" or "Outdoor Sculpture by Paul Manship" [the sculptor of the "Prometheus" figure in Rockefeller Center] ; "Ornaments and Symbols of Eternity Lead for Stained Glass, Lighting Fixtures and Other Ornamental Purposes" . 3 pieces in Oversize : Stone , lead , bronze , and other metal garden ornaments ; wrought iron and ironwork ; garden furniture and accessories ; bronze tablets ; decorations ; "Handbook of Church Lighting" with layouts and fixtures ; smithing tools ; anvils ; coppersmithing tools ; silversmithing tools ; Two Guernsey's auction catalogs from 1985 included: "Smithing tools and items related to the art of smithing;" "Architectural, Ornamental and Decorative Objects;"
Includes:
Trade catalog and price lists
Black and white images
Physical description:
18 pieces; 4 boxes
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
Wilton, Connecticut, United States
Date:
1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Architectural designs and building materials  Search this
Brass; bronze and specialty metals  Search this
Ceramics; pottery; glass; crystal; china; bricks; and stones  Search this
Clocks and watches (including clock-making and watch-making equipment)  Search this
Foods and beverage products and processing equipment (including brewing; distilleries; beer; wine; etc.)  Search this
Furniture and furnishings  Search this
Garden and lawn equipment and supplies  Search this
Hardware and hand tools  Search this
Iron and steel products (castings; sheet steel; steel wire; wire rope; pig iron and structural steel products )  Search this
Lighting (electric; gas; candle; oil; etc.)  Search this
Metalwork products (architectural and ornamental)  Search this
Religious paraphernalia  Search this
Weathervanes and lightning rods  Search this
Topic:
"Decoration and ornament, Architectural"  Search this
Architectural design  Search this
Architectural metal-work  Search this
Art metal-work  Search this
Beverage industry  Search this
Brass  Search this
Bronze  Search this
Building materials  Search this
Candles  Search this
Ceramics  Search this
Clocks and watches  Search this
Distilleries  Search this
Food industry and trade  Search this
Furniture industry and trade  Search this
Garden ornaments and furniture  Search this
Garden tools  Search this
Glass  Search this
Hardware  Search this
House furnishings  Search this
Interior decoration  Search this
Iron industry and trade  Search this
Lamps  Search this
Lighting  Search this
Lightning conductors  Search this
Lightning rods  Search this
Metal-work  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_28230
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_28230

[Trade catalogs from Perry Pictures Co.]

Variant company name:
Founded 1897 ; Boston  Search this
Company Name:
Perry Pictures Co.  Search this
Notes content:
1902 and 1920 catalogs ; sold reproductions of fine art (paintings and sculpture), portraits of famous people, illustrations of landscapes and notable architecture, religious, geographical and historical subjects to schools throughout North America for as little as a penny each ; these were early visual aids for schools
Includes:
Trade catalog, price lists and histories
Black and white images
Color images
Physical description:
2 pieces; 1 box
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
Malden, Massachusetts, United States
Date:
1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Artists; drafting; crafts materials and supplies  Search this
Educational institutions; equipment and supplies (includes playground equipment)  Search this
Printing; publishing; paper and bookselling (including type specimens)  Search this
Religious paraphernalia  Search this
Topic:
"Schools -- Furniture, equipment, etc."  Search this
Artists' materials  Search this
Book industries and trade  Search this
Handicraft  Search this
Mechanical drawing  Search this
Playgrounds  Search this
Printing machinery and supplies  Search this
Publishers and publishing  Search this
Religious articles  Search this
Religious medals  Search this
Religious supplies industry  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_31049
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_31049

[Trade catalogs from Moulton Photograph Co.]

Company Name:
Moulton Photograph Co.  Search this
Notes content:
sculptures ; portraits ; photographs ; reproductions of famous paintings, etchings and engravings
Includes:
Trade catalog and price lists
Black and white images
Physical description:
1 piece; 1 box
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Date:
1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Photographic equipment and supplies  Search this
Curios; novelties and souvenirs  Search this
Topic:
Cameras  Search this
Collectibles  Search this
Novelties  Search this
Photographic industry  Search this
Souvenirs (Keepsakes)  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_32615
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_32615

[Trade catalogs from Brentano's]

Company Name:
Brentano's  Search this
Related companies:
Macmillan, Inc.  Search this
Notes content:
Catalogs for 1975-1978 ; books ; jewelry ; sculptures ; treasure chests ; figurines ; racquet games ; magic tricks ; games ; jigsaw puzzles ; indoor gardening products ; birdfeeders ; calendars
Includes:
Trade catalog and price lists
Black and white images
Color images
Physical description:
3 pieces; 1 box
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
New York, New York, United States
Date:
1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Artists; drafting; crafts materials and supplies  Search this
Curios; novelties and souvenirs  Search this
Department store; dry goods and mail order catalogs  Search this
Furniture and furnishings  Search this
Garden and lawn equipment and supplies  Search this
Jewelry  Search this
Recreation  Search this
Sporting goods  Search this
Toys and games  Search this
Topic:
Amusements  Search this
Artists' materials  Search this
Collectibles  Search this
Commercial catalogs  Search this
Department stores  Search this
Dry-goods  Search this
Furniture industry and trade  Search this
Games  Search this
Garden ornaments and furniture  Search this
Garden tools  Search this
Handicraft  Search this
Hobbies  Search this
House furnishings  Search this
Interior decoration  Search this
Jewelry  Search this
Mechanical drawing  Search this
Novelties  Search this
Recreation industry  Search this
Souvenirs (Keepsakes)  Search this
Sporting goods  Search this
Toy making  Search this
Toys  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_37415
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_37415

[Trade catalogs from Arthur Brown & Bro., Inc.]

Company Name:
Arthur Brown & Bro., Inc.  Search this
Notes content:
Art and drafting furniture and equipment ; handicrafts ; school art supplies ; modeling and sculpture materials ; picture frames ; airbrushes ; screen process supplies ; paint - by - number sets ; etc.
Includes:
Trade catalog and price lists
Black and white images
Color images
Physical description:
6 pieces; 3 boxes
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
New York, New York, United States
Date:
1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Educational institutions; equipment and supplies (includes playground equipment)  Search this
Toys and games  Search this
Topic:
"Schools -- Furniture, equipment, etc."  Search this
Games  Search this
Playgrounds  Search this
Toy making  Search this
Toys  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_8447
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_8447

Chester Beach papers

Creator:
Beach, Chester, 1881-1956  Search this
Names:
American Academy in Rome  Search this
Architectural League of New York  Search this
Cleveland Museum of Art  Search this
Ecole nationale supérieure des beaux-arts (France)  Search this
Frontier Art Colony  Search this
Mark Hopkins Institute of Art  Search this
National Academy of Design (U.S.)  Search this
National Sculpture Society (U.S.)  Search this
Panama-Pacific International Exposition (1915 : San Francisco, Calif.)  Search this
Salmagundi Club  Search this
Salon d'automne  Search this
Allen, Mary Jester  Search this
Beach, Eleanor Murdock  Search this
Blumenschein, Ernest Leonard, 1874-1960  Search this
Carrington, Fitz Roy, 1869-1954  Search this
Couper, William, 1853-1942  Search this
Fitchen, Eleanor Beach  Search this
French, Daniel Chester, 1850-1931  Search this
Greacen, Edmund W., 1876-1949  Search this
Hancock, Walker Kirtland, 1901-1998  Search this
Jackson, Hazel Brill  Search this
Jennewein, Carl Paul, 1890-  Search this
Kuhn, Brenda, 1911-  Search this
Kuhn, Walt, 1877-1949  Search this
Käsebier, Gertrude, 1852-1934  Search this
Leibig, Bonnie  Search this
MacMonnies, Frederick William, 1863-1937  Search this
Mora, F. Luis (Francis Luis), 1874-1940  Search this
Nelson, Laurence, 1887-1978  Search this
Nisbet, Robert H., 1879-1961  Search this
Olmsted, Frederick Law, 1822-1903  Search this
Piexotto, Jessica B.  Search this
Winter, Ezra, 1886-1949  Search this
Extent:
7.32 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Scrapbooks
Sketches
Christmas cards
Drawings
Photographs
Prints
Sketchbooks
Date:
1846-1999
bulk 1895-1999
Summary:
The Chester Beach papers measure 7.32 linear feet and date from 1846 to 1999, with the bulk ot the material dating from circa 1900 to 1999. The work and professional activities of Beaux Arts sculptor Chester Beach (1881-1956) and his family's efforts to exhibit and sell work from the estate are documented by project files, business records, correspondence, scrapbooks, printed material, and photographs. The papers also include many artist-designed Christmas cards sent and received by the Beach family, and artwork by Chester Beach and others.
Scope and Contents:
The Chester Beach papers measure 7.32 linear feet and date from 1846 to 1999, with the bulk ot the material dating from circa 1900 to 1999. The work and professional activities of Beaux Arts sculptor Chester Beach (1881-1956) and his family's efforts to exhibit and sell work from the estate are documented by project files, business records, correspondence, scrapbooks, printed material, and photographs. The papers also include many artist-designed Christmas cards sent and received by the Beach family, and artwork by Chester Beach and others.

Biographical material consists of biographical notes, identification cards, and a membership certificate.

Project files contain correspondence, financial records, notes, drawings and plans, research materials, printed matter, and photographs that document commissions for sculpture, medals and coins, monuments, and Beach's own projects. Among the most thoroughly documented projects are a fountain sculpture for the grounds of the Cleveland Museum of Art (Sun, Earth, Fountain of the Waters, and Zodiac) and the Edward W. Bok Memorial in Mountain Lake, Florida; both commissions were executed in conjunction with the firm of Frederick Law Olmsted.

Business records include Chester Beach's general business correspondence and correspondence concerning consignments. An address book records names, addresses, and occasionally indicates prices of services and supplies used by the sculptor. Other record books detail expenses and income of the studio building Beach owned, with a list of the effects of the former owner, sculptor William Couper; bronzes cast; sales, with titles, prices, and buyers; names and addresses of clients, dealers, and suppliers; and instructions for cleaning and bronzing plaster.

Family correspondence consists mainly of letters, many mentioning Chester Beach, and addressed to Mrs. Chester Beach and daughter Eleanor Beach Fitchen. Estate correspondence and related documents concern efforts to exhibit, sell, and research Beach's remaining work. These records, for the most part, were created by Mrs. Fitchen who acted as sales agent, ran the Chester Beach Memorial Studio, and maintained the Beach archive. Of particular interest is a series of letters from Brenda Kuhn that relate what she learned from handling the estate of her father, Walt Kuhn; in addition, she offered ideas and advice about exhibitions, the Memorial Studio, and the Beach Centennial.

Beach designed his family's annual Christmas cards, most of which incorporate images of their three daughters. A complete set, preserved in an album, includes a few later cards that reproduce artwork by his widow. Many of the cards received - some with original artwork - are from artist friends, among them: Ernest Blumenschein, Edward W. Greacen, Hazel Brill Jackson, Paul Jennewein, Bonnie Leibig, F. Luis Mora, Robert Nisbet, and Ezra Winter. Also of note are a card from Walker Hancock bearing a photograph of his studio; a painting of Beach's Sylvan at Brookgreen Gardens, reproduced on Anna Hyatt Huntington's card; and a card from Beach patron Mary Jester Allen containing a brief note about the Frontier Art Colony she had established near Cody, Wyoming.

Among the drawings and sketches by Chester Beach are student work, designs for some of his Christmas cards, and a sketchbook containing drawings of sculpture. Work by other artists consists of prints, including one by Ezra Winter.

Three scrapbooks, largely comprised of newspaper clippings and other printed material, contain a variety of other items, including: letters from the American Academy in Rome, Architectural League of New York, Ecole des Beaux Arts, Daniel Chester French, Hazel Brill Jackson, Frederick MacMonnies, National Academy of Design, National Sculpture Society, Jessica B. Piexotto, and Salon d'Autome. There are also awards and certificates from the National Academy of Design, Panama-Pacific International Exposition; bookplates and a place card Beach etched for Mr. and Mrs. George Davison; and an unfinished poem by FitzRoy Carrington. Photographs within the scrapbooks are of a night school class Beach attended at the Mark Hopkins Art Institute in San Francisco, Beach at work in his studio, and a portrait of him painted by G. Laurance Nelson.

Printed material includes Panama-Pacific International Exposition guide books, brochures about the Chester Beach Memorial Studio in Brewster, New York, and catalogs for solo and group exhibitions.

Photographs and glass plate negatives of artwork are mainly of Chester Beach's sculpture and include views of work in progress. Also found are photographs of drawings and sculpture from his student years in California and Paris. Pictures of work by other artists are portraits of Chester Beach painted by G. Laurance Nelson and by his daughter, Natalie Beach McLaury. Among the photographs of Chester Beach are several by Gertrude Kasebier, circa 1910. Other pictures show Beach in his studio, Beach with family and friends, and a "Dinner tendered to Edmund W. Greacen by Samuel T. Shaw, Salmagundi Club, March 2, 1922." Places documented are Beach's boyhood home in San Francisco, the interiors of his studios, and Brookgreen Gardens. Miscellaneous subjects are nude models.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 10 series. Glass plate negatives are housed separately and closed to researchers.

Missing Title

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1910-1947 (4 folders; Box 1)

Series 2: Project Files, 1846-1999 (1.6 linear feet; Boxes 1-2, 11, OV 12-13)

Series 3: Business Records, circa 1900-1958 (0.4 linear feet; Boxes 2-3)

Series 4: Writings, 1913-1935 (2 folders; Box 3)

Series 5: Correspondence, 1875, 1933-1996 (0.5 linear feet; Box 3)

Series 6: Christmas Cards, 1909-1961 (0.7 linear feet; Boxes 3-4)

Series 7: Artwork, circa 1900-1955 (0.3 linear feet; Boxes 4, 11)

Series 8: Scrapbooks, 1903-1972 (0.3 linear feet; Box 10)

Series 9: Printed Material, 1910-1997 (0.4 linear feet; Box 4)

Series 10: Photographs, circa 1885-circa 1960s (3.1 linear feet; Boxes 4-9, 11, 14)
Biographical / Historical:
Sculptor Chester Beach (1881-1956) was known for portrait busts, allegorical and mythological figures, coins and medallic art in the Beaux-Arts tradition. He lived and worked in New York City and Brewster, New York.

Chester Beach, son of Chilion Beach and Elizabeth Ferris Beach, was born in San Francisco on May 23, 1881. Beach initially studied at the California School of Mechanical Arts in 1899. He remained in San Francisco and between 1900 and 1902 continued his art training at the Mark Hopkins Institute of Art while working as a jewelry designer. To further his career and exposure to artistic trends, Beach moved to New York City in 1903. The following year, he went to Paris, enrolled at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, and also studied with Raoul Verlet at the Académie Julian.

Upon his return to New York in 1907, Beach established a studio on Tenth Street. He won the National Academy of Design's Barnett Prize for sculpture in 1907 and the Academy elected him an Associate Artist the following year. His increased stature resulted in numerous portrait commissions and eventually led to commissions for monuments and architectural sculpture. In 1910, Chester Beach married Eleanor Hollis Murdock, a painter he met when both were art students in Paris. The couple spent the next two years in Rome; for several years after returning, Beach continued to spend time in Italy and maintained a studio in Rome.

Solo exhibitions of Beach's work were presented at Macbeth Gallery (1912), Pratt Institute (1913), Cincinnati Art Museum (1916), John Herron Art Institute (1916), and Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester (1917). In addition to frequent participation in annual exhibitions at the National Academy of Design and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Beach was represented in the Panama-Pacific International Exposition (1915), and in group shows at venues including: Art Institute of Chicago, Boston Art Club, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, and National Arts Club.

The gold medal presented by Académie Julian (1905), Beach's first award, was followed by many other prizes, among them: American Numismatic Society prize for a medal commemorating the Peace of Versailles (1919) and its Saltus Medal for distinguished medallic art (1946); Architectural League of New York gold medal (1924); National Academy of Design Barnett Prize (1907) and Watrous gold medal (1926); National Arts Club medal and prizes (1923, 1926, 1932); and the Panama-Pacific International Exposition silver medal (1915).

Beach was an Academician of the National Academy of Design, a member of the American Numismatic Society, Architectural League of New York, National Arts Club, National Institute of Arts and Letters, and the National Sculpture Society (President, 1927-1928).

For more than 40 years, Beach lived and worked at 207 East 17th Street. The brownstone, purchased in 1913, was large enough for the family's home, his studio, and additional studios that were rented to other artists. Through barter, Beach acquired land in Brewster, New York, and in 1917 hired Italian stonemasons to build a studio. Later, they erected a summer house for the family. Many old stone walls on the site provided material for both buildings and Beach named the property Oldwalls.

After a long illness, Chester Beach died at Oldwalls on August 6, 1956. The funeral service was held at his Brewster, New York, studio and he is buried in Cold Spring Cemetery, Cold Spring, New York.
Separated Materials:
Also in the Archives of American Art is microfilm of papers lent for microfilming (reels N727-N729 and N68-11) including passports, genealogical materials, photograph albums, travel sketches, travel diaries of Mrs. Beach, and business and family correspondence. While the obituary letters on reel N68-11 are referenced in a scrapbook in Series 8, all other loaned materials were returned to the lender and are not described in the collection container inventory.
Provenance:
Chester Beach's daughter, Eleanor Beach Fitchen, lent materials for microfilming in 1967 and 1967. Subsequent papers were donated in 2009 by the estate of Eleanor Beach Fitchen, through her grandson and executor, John Fitchen.
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. Glass plate negatives are housed separately and not served to researchers.
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:
Sculptors, American -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Eclecticism in architecture  Search this
Sculpture -- Technique  Search this
Sculpture -- Equipment and supplies  Search this
Artists' studios  Search this
Sculpture -- Economic aspects  Search this
Genre/Form:
Scrapbooks
Sketches
Christmas cards
Drawings
Photographs
Prints
Sketchbooks
Citation:
Chester Beach papers, 1846-1999, bulk circa 1900-1999. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.beacches
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Chester Beach papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw93fbc1322-a3ff-4570-b08a-68b84efe296b
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-beacches
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Leonard Bocour papers and business records

Creator:
Bocour, Leonard, 1910-1993  Search this
Names:
Bocour Artist Colors (Firm)  Search this
Extent:
11.8 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Interviews
Diaries
Date:
1933-1993
Summary:
The papers of American art collector, paint manufacturer, lecturer, and painter, Leonard Bocour measure 11.8 linear feet and date from 1933 to 1993. Found within the papers are biographical material; miscellaneous correspondence with artists and colleagues, including Helen Frankenthaler, Chaim Gross, Philip Guston, Alex Katz, Jack Levine, Morris Louis, David Oxtoby, and Philip Pearlstein; diaries, daily calendars, notes and writings; personal business records and the business records of Bocour Artist Colors, Inc.; transcripts of interviews with Bocour; and printed material.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of American art collector, paint manufacturer, lecturer, and painter, Leonard Bocour measure 11.8 linear feet and date from 1933 to 1993. Found within the papers is biographical material, including identity cards, membership cards, and award certificates. Miscellaneous correspondence is primarily with artists and colleagues, including Helen Frankenthaler, Chaim Gross, Philip Guston, Alex Katz, Jack Levine, Morris Louis, David Oxtoby, and Philip Pearlstein and discuss exhibitions and other art-related topics. Also found are diaries and annotated daily calendars; personal business records regarding personal finances, donations, and lectures; business records for Bocour Artist Colors, Inc., including contracts, business correspondence, financial documentation, and printed material; notes and writings including address books and writings by Bocour and others; transcripts of interviews with Bocour that discuss his early career; and printed material including clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs, booklets, and brochures.
Arrangement:
The collection has been arranged into eight series primarily according to type of material. Materials within each series have been arranged chronologically, except for the Receipts for "Private Deals" and the Business Card File which are arranged alphabetically. Oversized material from various series has been housed in Box 13 and OV 14 and is noted in the Series Description/Container Listings Section at the appropriate folder title.

Missing Title

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1940s-1990s (Box 1; 4 folders)

Series 2: Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1950s-1990s (Box 1-4, 13, OV 14; 3.8 linear feet)

Series 3: Diaries and Annotated Calendars, 1955-1987 (Box 4-5; 19 folders)

Series 4: Personal Business Records, circa 1961-1992 (Box 5-7, 13; 2.2 linear feet)

Series 5: Business Records for Bocour Artist Colors, Inc., circa 1942-1992 (Box 7-9, 13; 2.3 linear feet)

Series 6: Notes and Writings, 1960-1993, undated (Box 9-10; 0.8 linear feet)

Series 7: Interview Transcripts, 1970s-1980s (Box 10; 5 folders)

Series 8: Printed Material, 1933-1993, undated (Box 10-13; 1.8 linear feet)
Biographical Note:
American art collector, paint manufacturer, lecturer, and painter, Leonard Bocour (nèe Leonard Bogdanoff) was born in 1910 in New York City. He studied at the National Academy of Design and at the Art Students League. In 1928, he met German artist Emil Ganso who taught him how to make artists' colors.

In 1932, Bocour established Bocour Hand Ground Artist Colors and sold paint directly to artists, greatly increasing his contacts and acquaintances in the art community. In this Depression era, Bocour often gave away paint to struggling artists who later became successful. Because artists would sometimes trade art work for tubes of paint, Bocour was able to build an impressive art collection that he would later loan for exhibition. He also donated numerous works of art to schools and museums.

Over the years, Bocour maintained a close relationship with artists, most notably Helen Frankenthaler, Philip Guston, Jack Levine, Morris Louis, and Philip Pearlstein. In the late 1930s, Bocour decided to increase his business by selling through retailers and wholesalers, gradually building a successful business.

From 1945 to 1955, Bocour joined the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine and for many years taught a summer technical course. In 1947, he developed Magna, an acrylic resin miscible with oil or turpentine that had the same consistency as oil paint, but dried in a fraction of the time. In 1960, Bocour introduced Aqua-Tec which is an acrylic polymer emulsion miscible with water.

From 1952 to 1970, Samuel Golden was Bocour's partner in the capacity of production manager. A merger with Zipatone, Inc. was carried out in 1982, but was dissolved in 1987. Zipatone, Inc. moved the company to Chicago, but Bocour remained in New York as president and consultant.

Beginning in the early 1960s, Bocour lectured at art schools and various arts organizations, discussing drawing, painting, and different art media as well as demonstrating his own products. He was a member of the National Art Materials Trade Association (NAMTA) and was president of the Art Material Manufacturers' Association, inducted into its Hall of Fame in 1974. Leonard Bocour died on Labor Day 1993.
Related Material:
Additional Leonard Bocour papers may be found at the Syracuse University Library, Special Collections Research Center.
Provenance:
The Leonard Bocour papers and business records were donated by his widow, Ruth Bocour, in 1994.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Use 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.
Topic:
Collectors and collecting -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Paint industry and trade -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Drawing -- Technique  Search this
Painting -- Technique  Search this
Painting -- Equipment and supplies  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Diaries
Citation:
Leonard Bocour papers and business records, 1933-1993. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.bocoleon
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Leonard Bocour papers and business records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9ded7b721-76fa-44e2-bf0f-1cbaaf079c25
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-bocoleon

Lost wax sculpture foundry equipment recommendations and sources / Elden C. Tefft

Author:
Tefft, Elden C  Search this
Physical description:
58 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1977
C1977
Topic:
Precision casting--Equipment and supplies--Catalogs  Search this
Sculpture--Technique  Search this
Call number:
TS233.T33X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_103713

Conserving outdoor sculpture : the Stark collection at the Getty Center / Brian Considine ... [et al.]

Author:
Considine, Brian B  Search this
Subject:
Stark, Ray Art collections  Search this
Stark, Fran Art collections  Search this
J. Paul Getty Museum  Search this
Physical description:
xxii, 266 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), col. map ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Catalogs
Place:
California
Los Angeles
Date:
2010
C2010
20th century
Topic:
Outdoor sculpture--Conservation and restoration  Search this
Sculpture, European  Search this
Call number:
NB1278 .C66 2010
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_942571

Sculptworld news

Title:
Sculpt world news
Author:
Sculpture Associates (Firm)  Search this
Subject:
Sculpture Associates (Firm) Catalogs  Search this
Physical description:
v. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Topic:
Sculpture  Search this
Sculpture--Equipment and supplies--Periodicals  Search this
Call number:
AP1 .S437
AP1.S437
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_274498

Food & material culture : proceedings of the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery 2013 / edited by Mark McWilliams

Author:
Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery (2013 : Oxford, England)  Search this
McWilliams, Mark  Search this
Physical description:
389 pages ; 25 cm
Type:
Congresses
Conference papers and proceedings
History
Date:
2014
Topic:
Cooking--Equipment and supplies--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1104401

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