The C. J. Bulliet papers, circa 1888-1959. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
An interview of Elizabeth Saltonstall conducted 1981 November 18, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art.
Saltonstall discusses her experiences with art as a child in Boston (mentioning Frank Weston Benson as an influence) and her subsequent art education at the Winsor School, the art school of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and independent study in Paris. She remembers the various teaching styles of the Museum School faculty (Frederick A. Bosley, Henry Hunt Clark, Anson K. Cross, Philip Leslie Hale, Alexander James, and Leslie P. Thompson), especially as they contrasted with French teaching methods. She also speaks of her teachers in France and on Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket (including Frank Swift Chase), and recalls some of her co-students (including Josef Presser). Particular mention is made of a lithography workshop taught by Stow Wengenroth, and of George C. Miller, who printed her lithography stones. Her cousin, Nathaniel Saltonstall, is discussed as a patron of the arts, especially his contributions to the establishment of the Institute of Modern Art [Institute of Contemporary Art] in Boston. She touches also on her own teaching career at Winsor School and Milton Academy, and her involvement with the Boston Society of Independent Artists and the Grace Horn Gallery.
Biographical / Historical:
Elizabeth Saltonstall (1900-1990) was a painter, printmaker, and instructor of Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Originally recorded on 1 sound cassette. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 25 min.
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.
Carnegie Institute, Museum of Art records, 1883-1962, bulk 1885-1940. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Brown Foundation. Funding for the digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.
Correspondence; poems; sketches and sketchbooks; photo albums and photos; exhibition catalogs; clippings; printed material; and miscellany.
REEL 581: 9 letters and notes to Thompson's grandchildren, 1 letter from S. Morton Vose, Mar. 18, 1963, about the Vose Gallery purchase of the paintings in the Metropolitan Theater, Boston; a photograph of Thompson; poems; juvenile sketches; clippings; and miscellany.
REEL 686: 5 sketchbooks, 1893-1898; correspondence, 1914-1962; clippings; catalogs; and certificates of award. The letters are mostly from Thompson to his daughter, Dora Hanson, and are about fishing, visiting, the family; several are illustrated with sketches.
REEL 692: 53 photographs of Thompson's works, especially portraits, 1904-1941 and undated, and a photograph album containing photos of him in his studio, his home, with his family, 1901-1955 and undated.
REELS 3977-3978: A certificate of merit, 1963; a list of prizes, undated; correspondence, undated and 1949-1961, including several letters from C. F. Walker and V. Fox-Strangways, both writers on fishing; 2 letters, 1973, to Robert Brown of the Archives of American Art, and to Dora Thompson from Arthur P. Spear, Jr., with his reminiscences of Thompson; 3 sketchbooks, 1892, 1898, and 1902; 6 miscellaneous drawings, including 2 of flies for Macdonald's book, 1938-1939;
miscellaneous notes, undated; writings, mostly concerning fishing; clippings, 1951-1955; exhibition catalogs, undated and 1964-1979; miscellaneous printed material, 1951-1972; a photograph of Thompson, undated; 3 photographs of works of art, undated and 1928; a photograph of Frampton Village Church, 1957; and 5 photograph albums of works of art, undated and 1902-1946.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter; Boston, Massachusetts. Born 1880. Died 1963.
Material on reels 581, 686 & 692 lent for microfilming 1973-1974 by Dora Thompson Hanson, daughter of Thompson, portions of the material on the above reels donated 1982 by William F. Thompson; material on reels 3977-3978 donated 1982 by Dora Thompson Hanson.
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