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Everett Shinn collection

Creator:
Shinn, Everett, 1876-1953  Search this
Names:
Washington Park Studio  Search this
Bigelow, Poultney, b. 1855  Search this
Calder, Alexander Stirling, 1870-1945  Search this
De Wolfe, Elsie, 1865-1950  Search this
Dreiser, Theodore, 1871-1945  Search this
Eddy, H. B.  Search this
Fitch, Clyde, 1865-1909  Search this
Gibson, Charles Dana, 1867-1944  Search this
Glackens, William J., 1870-1938  Search this
Haggin, Ben Ali, 1882-1951  Search this
Hegan, Colonel  Search this
Henfold, Oliver  Search this
Henri, Robert, 1865-1929  Search this
Lawson, Ernest, 1873-1939  Search this
Luks, George Benjamin, 1867-1933  Search this
Marlowe, Julia, 1865-1950  Search this
Nolan, Philip  Search this
Rains, Claude, 1889-1967  Search this
Sale, Chic  Search this
Scovel, Florence  Search this
Sloan, John, 1871-1951  Search this
Warrick, Ruth  Search this
Wollcott, Alexander  Search this
Young, Mahonri Mackintosh, 1877-1957  Search this
Photographer:
Grove, William  Search this
Extent:
3.1 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Sketchbooks
Scrapbooks
Notes
Illustrated letters
Poems
Date:
1877-1958
Summary:
The collected papers of Everett Shinn measure 3.1 linear feet and date from 1877 to 1958. Found within the papers are biographical material; correspondence with friends and colleagues; personal business records; art work, including two sketchbooks of designs for Belasco's Stuyvesant Theatre; notes and writings; eight scrapbooks; printed material; and numerous photographs of Shinn, his colleagues, and his work.
Scope and Contents note:
The collected papers of Everett Shinn measure 3.1 linear feet and date from 1877 to 1958. Found within the papers are biographical material; correspondence with friends and colleagues; personal business records; art work, including two sketchbooks of designs for Belasco's Stuyvesant Theatre; notes and writings; eight scrapbooks; printed material; and numerous photographs of Shinn, his colleagues, and his work.

Biographical material includes miscellaneous biographical accounts and a membership certificate from the American Watercolor Society.

Correspondence consists of letters from Shinn's friends and colleagues, primarily from author Poultney Bigelow. There are also letters from decorator Elsie De Wolfe, dramatist Clyde Fitch, and artists Charles Dana Gibson, William Glackens, and George Luks, whose letters are illustrated. There are scattered letters from A. Stirling Calder, Theodore Dreiser, Robert Henri, Ernest Lawson, Julia Marlowe, Claude Rains, Ruth Warrick, Alexander Woollcott, and Mahonri Young.

Personal business records consist of two account books recording art work used in publications and loaned for exhibitions, and miscellaneous invoices.

Artwork consists of two sketchbooks of designs for the Stuyvesant Theatre murals and miscellaneous drawings by Shinn. Artwork by others, including H. B. Eddy, James Ben Ali Haggin, Colonel Hegan, Oliver Henfold, George Luks, and Philip Nolan, consist primarily of caricatures.

Notes and writings include a handwritten draft of Shinn's play Hazel Weston or More Sinned Against Than Usual, notes for a book on art, poems, and typescripts by Shinn including "Plush and Cut Glass," a book about George Luks.

Eight scrapbooks primarily contain clippings. Scrapbook 2 contains clippings, exhibition catalogs, a note from Stuart Benson, an illustrated postcard from Ed, and scattered photographs.

Additional printed material is primarily comprised of clippings, but there are also exhibition announcements and catalogs for Shinn, reproductions of art work, booklets, and miscellaneous printed material. Rare programs for plays written by Shinn list cast members, including Wilfred Buckland, Edith Glackens, William J. Glackens, James Ben Ali Haggin, Robert Henri, J. E. Laub, Thomas Newell Metcalf, James M. Preston, Florence Scovel Shinn, and John Sloan.

Numerous photographs are found within the collection and depict Shinn as a boy, in various Philadelphia newspaper offices, in costume for stage performances, at the easel, and with colleagues, including Robert Henri and John Sloan. Photographs of colleagues also include author Poultney Bigelow, decorator Elsie De Wolfe, portrait painter James Ben Ali Haggin, actress Julia Marlowe, and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts classmates William Glackens and Florence Scovel. There are also photographs of Shinn's residences, exhibition installations, set designs and stagings of plays, murals, and other art work.
Arrangement note:
The collection is arranged as 8 series:

Series 1: Biographical material, 1953 (Box 1; 2 folders)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1899-1952 (Box 1, 4; 61 folders)

Series 3: Personal business records, 1898-1928 (Box 1; 3 folders)

Series 4: Artwork, 1893-1928 (Box 1, 4, OV 6; 10 folders)

Series 5: Notes and writings, 1922-1951 (Box 1; 9 folders)

Series 6: Scrapbooks, 1898-1952 (Box 1, 2, 4, BV 5; 21 folders)

Series 7: Printed material, 1894-1958 (Box 2, 4; 21 folders)

Series 8: Photographs, 1877-1950 (Box 2-4, OV 7; 1.3 linear feet)
Biographical/Historical note:
Everett Shinn (1876-1953) was a painter, muralist, illustrator, and theatrical scene designer who worked primarily in New York City. Shinn was a member of "The Eight," a group of painters known for their realistic portrayal of American urban life.

Everett Shinn was born on November 6, 1876 in Woodstown, New Jersey, the son of Isaiah and Josephine Ransley Shinn. He attended Quaker schools until 1890 when he went to the Spring Garden Institute in Philadelphia, studying engineering and industrial design until 1893.

Shinn enrolled at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts between 1893 and 1897. During this time he was hired as an artist-reporter for the Philadelphia Press, the Inquirer, and the Ledger. He also forged his friendships with painters George Luks, John Sloan, William J. Glackens, and Robert Henri, all future members of "The Eight."

Shinn moved to New York City in 1897 and quickly found employment as an illustrator for the newspaper The World. In 1898, he married Florence Scovel, the first of his four wives. In 1900, he traveled to England and France, and was later employed by Harper's Weekly. Shinn befriended decorator Elsie De Wolf and architect Stanford White, and designed and executed murals for the homes of their clients. Shinn created eighteen mural panels for David Belasco's Stuyvesant Theatre that opened in 1907, and murals for the Council Room of the Trenton, New Jersey City Hall in 1911. His most notable murals were created for the Oak Room of New York's Plaza Hotel in the 1940s.

In 1908, Shinn participated in the seminal group exhibition of "The Eight" at Macbeth Gallery. In 1911, he was included in the Exhibition of Independent Artists, and was invited to send works to the International Exhibition of Modern Art, better known as the Armory Show, in 1913, but for an unknown reason, declined. Shinn exhibited regularly and his works are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Delaware Art Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among others.

Throughout his career Shinn was fascinated by the theater and the act of performance, which he made the subject of many of his works. He also wrote, directed, and performed in his own plays. Between 1917 and 1920, Shinn worked as an art director for Sam Goldwin at Goldwyn Pictures. He also worked for Inspiration Pictures from 1920 to 1923, and for William Randolph Hearst at Cosmopolitan Pictures in 1923. He divorced Florence Scovel in 1912, and married Corinne Baldwin in 1913, with whom he had two children, Janet and Davidson. He divorced again in 1921, married Gertrude Chase in 1924, and divorced again in 1932. In 1933, Shinn married his fourth wife, Paula Downing; they divorced in 1942.

From 1935 to 1939, he covered a murder trial for the Boston Traveler, exhibited his work at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and won a prize for watercolor at an exhibition at the Chicago Art Institute. In the 1940s Shinn participated in exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum, Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and at the American-British Art Center. In 1949, Shinn was made an Academician of the National Academy of Design, and in 1951, he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Everett Shinn died on May 1, 1953 in New York City.
Related Archival Materials note:
Additional Everett Shinn papers are available at the Helen Farr Sloan Library, Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Delaware.
Provenance:
The bulk of the Everett Shinn collection was acquired via purchase from art dealer Thurston Thatcher between 1958-1964. Art collector Howard Lipman donated additional material in 1962. Five negatives of Shinn's work were donated in 1969 by Dr. Milton Luria, an acquaintance of Shinn's son, Davidson. The photograph of Everett Shinn, John Sloan, and Robert Henri was donated on an unknown date by an unidentified donor. The handwritten draft of Shinn's play Hazel Weston or More Sinned Against Than Usual was acquired via auction purchase in 2011.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers 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:
Painting, American  Search this
Illustrators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Theaters -- Stage-setting and scenery  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Stage designers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Sketchbooks
Scrapbooks
Notes
Illustrated letters
Poems
Citation:
Everett Shinn collection, 1877-1958. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.shinever
See more items in:
Everett Shinn collection
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-shinever
Online Media:

Untitled, (painting)

Painter:
Shinn, Everett 1876-1953  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor, pencil, and carbon pencil on paperboard
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Smithsonian American Art Museum 8th & G Streets, N.W Washington District of Columbia 20560 Accession Number: 1976.92.1
Date:
1927
Topic:
Figure group  Search this
Performing Arts--Theater--Performer  Search this
Performing Arts--Music--Guitar  Search this
Dress--Costume  Search this
Recreation--Leisure--Eating & Drinking  Search this
Architecture interior  Search this
Control number:
IAP 08585852
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_476302

Paris Theater [painting] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Shinn, Everett 1876-1953  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1940
Topic:
Performing Arts--Theater  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0096601
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_96602

Ballet Dancer [painting] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Shinn, Everett 1876-1953  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1929
Topic:
Performing Arts--Dance--Ballet  Search this
Performing Arts--Music--Orchestra  Search this
Architecture interior--Civic--Theater  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0063300
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_63301

Curtain Call [painting] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Shinn, Everett 1876-1953  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Topic:
Performing Arts--Theater--Performer  Search this
Architecture interior--Civic--Theater  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0046083
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_46084

Rehearsal, Irving Theatre, New York, (painting)

Painter:
Shinn, Everett 1876-1953  Search this
Medium:
Pastel
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
M. R. Schweitzer Galleries New York New York
Topic:
Performing Arts--Theater  Search this
Performing Arts--Music  Search this
Control number:
IAP 80042212
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_175757

Revue, (painting)

Painter:
Shinn, Everett 1876-1953  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Whitney Museum of American Art 945 Madison Avenue New York New York 10021 Accession Number: 31.346
Date:
1908
Topic:
Architecture interior--Civic--Theater  Search this
Performing Arts--Theater  Search this
Figure female--Full length  Search this
Control number:
IAP 82050030
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_195473

Matinee, Outdoor Stage, Paris, (painting)

Title:
Une Matinee aux Ambassadeurs, (painting)
Paris Theater, (painting)
Matinee Music Hall, Paris, (painting)
Painter:
Shinn, Everett 1876-1953  Search this
Medium:
Pastel on paper
Type:
Paintings
Date:
1902
Topic:
Performing Arts--Theater--Performer  Search this
Architecture exterior--Civic--Theater  Search this
Cityscape--France--Paris  Search this
Figure group  Search this
Control number:
IAP 81530040
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_213914

Actress in Red before Mirror, (painting)

Painter:
Shinn, Everett 1876-1953  Search this
Medium:
Pastel on paper
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Hunter Museum of Art 10 Bluff View Chattanooga Tennessee 37403
Date:
Ca. 1910
Topic:
Performing Arts--Theater--Performer  Search this
Figure female--Full length  Search this
Architecture interior--Civic--Theater  Search this
Object--Furniture--Mirror  Search this
Control number:
IAP 48850049
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_306049

Vaudeville, (painting)

Painter:
Shinn, Everett 1876-1953  Search this
Medium:
Pastel on paper
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Amherst College Mead Art Museum Amherst Massachusetts 01002 Accession Number: 1951.157
Date:
1935
Topic:
Figure male--Full length  Search this
Architecture interior--Civic--Theater  Search this
Performing Arts--Theater--Performer  Search this
Performing Arts--Theater--Vaudeville  Search this
Control number:
IAP 20090758
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_381102

Balcony, (painting)

Painter:
Shinn, Everett 1876-1953  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Hirschl & Adler Galleries New York New York
Topic:
Performing Arts--Theater  Search this
Control number:
IAP 61071399
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_78783

Balcony of a London Theater, (painting)

Painter:
Shinn, Everett 1876-1953  Search this
Medium:
Pastel
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Hirschl & Adler Galleries New York New York
Topic:
Performing Arts--Theater  Search this
Control number:
IAP 61071400
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_78784

Black Silk Stockings, (painting)

Painter:
Shinn, Everett 1876-1953  Search this
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Hirschl & Adler Galleries New York New York
Topic:
Performing Arts--Theater  Search this
Figure female  Search this
Control number:
IAP 61071403
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_78787

Outdoor Stage, Paris, (painting)

Painter:
Shinn, Everett 1876-1953  Search this
Medium:
Pastel
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Hirschl & Adler Galleries New York New York
Topic:
Performing Arts--Theater  Search this
Cityscape--France--Paris  Search this
Control number:
IAP 61071410
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_78794

Paris Theater, (painting)

Painter:
Shinn, Everett 1876-1953  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Hirschl & Adler Galleries New York New York
Date:
1940
Topic:
Performing Arts--Theater  Search this
Control number:
IAP 61071411
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_78795

Show Girl, (painting)

Painter:
Shinn, Everett 1876-1953  Search this
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Hirschl & Adler Galleries New York New York
Topic:
Performing Arts--Theater  Search this
Control number:
IAP 61071414
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_78798

Study for Theatrical Panel, (painting)

Painter:
Shinn, Everett 1876-1953  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Sotheby Parke Bernet New York New York
Topic:
Landscape  Search this
Performing Arts--Theater  Search this
Occupation--Art--Painter  Search this
Figure group  Search this
Object--Art Object--Sculpture  Search this
Object--Art Object--Painting  Search this
Object--Art Tool--Easel  Search this
Object--Art Tool--Palette  Search this
Study  Search this
Control number:
IAP 61517543
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_99506

Acrobat Falling, (painting)

Painter:
Shinn, Everett 1876-1953  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Smithsonian Institution Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Independence Avenue at 8th Street, S.W Washington District of Columbia 20560 Accession Number: 66.4573
Date:
1930
Topic:
Performing Arts--Circus--Acrobat  Search this
Figure group  Search this
State of Being--Other--Accident  Search this
Architecture interior--Civic--Theater  Search this
Control number:
IAP 61571357
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_416522

Broadway Theater: Julia Marlowe in Barbara Frietchie, (painting)

Painter:
Shinn, Everett 1876-1953  Search this
Subject:
Marlowe, Julia  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor and pastel on paper
Type:
Paintings
Date:
Ca. 1899-1900
Topic:
Architecture interior--Civic--Theater  Search this
Portrait female  Search this
Performing Arts--Theater--Performer  Search this
Control number:
IAP 8D170001
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_427292

At the Hippodrome, (painting)

Painter:
Shinn, Everett 1876-1953  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor and gouache on paper
Type:
Paintings
Date:
Ca. 1900
Topic:
Figure group  Search this
Architecture interior--Civic--Theater  Search this
Performing Arts--Theater--Performer  Search this
Control number:
IAP 8D170011
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_427302

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