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American Watercolor Society records, 1867-1977, bulk 1950-1970

Creator:
American Watercolor Society  Search this
Subject:
American Water Color Society  Search this
American Society of Painters in Water Colors  Search this
New York Water Color Club  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Topic:
Watercolor painting -- 19th century -- United States  Search this
Art -- Societies, etc. -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Watercolor painting, American  Search this
Watercolor painting -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Watercolorists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8636
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210816
AAA_collcode_amerwate
Theme:
The Art Market
Communities, Organizations, Museums
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210816
Online Media:

Dodge Macknight papers, 1888-1950

Creator:
MacKnight, Dodge, 1860-1950  Search this
Subject:
Fitzgerald, Desmond  Search this
Topic:
Watercolor painting, American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7836
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210003
AAA_collcode_mackdodg
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210003

Dodge Macknight papers

Creator:
MacKnight, Dodge, 1860-1950  Search this
Names:
Fitzgerald, Desmond, 1846-1926  Search this
Extent:
18 Items ((on 1 microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1888-1950
Scope and Contents:
An essay, "The Canyon Country of Utah"; correspondence; a scrapbook of clippings; two exhibition catalogs; three photographs of Macknight; and the first of a limited edition of DODGE MACKNIGHT, WATER COLOR PAINTER, by Desmond Fitzgerald, 1917.
Biographical / Historical:
Watercolorist, painter; Sandwich, Mass. During the 1920's Vose Gallery, Boston, sold out every one of MacKnight's paintings. He also used the name W. Dodge Macknight.
Provenance:
Lent for microfilming 1980 by Mr. and Mrs. George W. Bruce, the niece of Dodge Macknight.
Restrictions:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Occupation:
Painters -- Massachusetts  Search this
Watercolorists -- Massachusetts  Search this
Topic:
Watercolor painting, American  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.mackdodg
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-mackdodg

Oral history interview with William Thon, 1992 December 15-16

Interviewee:
Thon, William, 1906-2000  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F  Search this
Subject:
Gruskin, Alan D. (Alan Daniel)  Search this
Gruskin, Mary J.  Search this
American Academy in Rome  Search this
Midtown Galleries (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Painters -- Maine -- Interviews  Search this
Watercolorists -- Maine -- Interviews  Search this
Painting, Modern -- 20th century  Search this
Watercolor painting, American -- 20th century  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12542
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)215160
AAA_collcode_thon92
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_215160
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Charles Burchfield, 1959 August 19

Interviewee:
Burchfield, Charles Ephraim, 1893-1967  Search this
Interviewer:
Morse, John D., 1906-  Search this
Subject:
Keller, Henry G.  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Sculptors -- United States -- Interviews  Search this
Watercolor painting, American  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12702
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212225
AAA_collcode_burchf59
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212225
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Hereward Lester Cooke papers, circa 1970-1975

Creator:
Cooke, Hereward Lester, 1916-1975  Search this
Topic:
Watercolor painting, American -- 19th century  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7514
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209673
AAA_collcode_cookhere
Theme:
Art Theory and Historiography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209673

Oral history interview with William Thon

Interviewee:
Thon, William, 1906-2000  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F.  Search this
Names:
American Academy in Rome  Search this
Midtown Galleries (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Gruskin, Alan D. (Alan Daniel), 1904-1970  Search this
Gruskin, Mary J.  Search this
Extent:
52 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1992 December 15-16
Scope and Contents:
An interview of William Thon conducted 1992 December 15-16, by Robert Brown for the Archives of American Art, at the artist's home at Port Clyde, Maine. Thon discusses his childhood and education; early exhibitions; service in the Navy during World War II; being represented by Midtown Galleries from 1943 on; his dealers Alan and Mary Gruskin; moving to Maine; the importance to his art of Europe and his time spent at the American Academy in Rome; his painting technique; and his watercolors.
Biographical / Historical:
William Thon (1906-2000) was a painter from New York, N.Y. and Port Clyde, Maine. Studied at the Art Students League. Served as a trustee and artist in residence at the American Academy in Rome.
General:
Originally recorded on 2 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 5 min.
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. Funding for this interview provided by John W. Payson.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Topic:
Painters -- Maine -- Interviews  Search this
Watercolorists -- Maine -- Interviews  Search this
Painting, Modern -- 20th century  Search this
Watercolor painting, American -- 20th century  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.thon92
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-thon92

Hereward Lester Cooke papers

Creator:
Cooke, Hereward Lester  Search this
Extent:
3,000 Items
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1970-1975
Scope and Contents:
Research notes, exhibition catalogs, and other printed material compiled in the 1970's for a proposed book, AMERICAN WATERCOLORS 1866-1910, intended to be a comprehensive biographical index of American watercolorists.
Biographical / Historical:
Curator, National Gallery of Art, Wash., D.C. Lived 1916-1975.
Provenance:
Some of the papers compiled by Cooke were destroyed by fire.
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.
Occupation:
Watercolorists  Search this
Topic:
Watercolor painting, American -- 19th century  Search this
Citation:
Hereward Lester Cooke papers. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institiution.
Identifier:
AAA.cookhere
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-cookhere

Oral history interview with Charles Burchfield

Interviewee:
Burchfield, Charles Ephraim, 1893-1967  Search this
Interviewer:
Morse, John D., 1906-  Search this
Names:
Keller, Henry G., 1869-1949  Search this
Extent:
54 Pages (Transcript)
1 Item (sound file (4 min. 24 sec.) Audio excerpt, digital)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1959 August 19
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Charles Burchfield conducted 1959 August 19, by John D. Morse, for the Archives of American Art.
Burchfield speaks of his studio on Clinton Street; his early training under Henry George Keller; copying the paintings of Charles Dana Gibson; working as a wallpaper designer for H.M. Birge and Co., in Buffalo, New York; his different styles; his watercolor technique; restoration and preservation of his watercolors; his paintings, including Black Iron, Crabbed Old Age, End of the Day, The House of Mystery, The Song of the Katidids, Winter, and others; his writings; his reading tastes and interest in music; European abstract artists; critics; and teaching. Also included is a footnote by Morse describing his day with Burchfield.
Biographical / Historical:
Charles Ephraim Burchfield (1893-1967) was a painter from Gardenville, New York.
General:
Originally recorded on 2 sound tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 3 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 41 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives' 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 others.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Topic:
Sculptors -- United States -- Interviews  Search this
Watercolor painting, American  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.burchf59
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-burchf59

American Watercolor Society records

Creator:
American Watercolor Society  Search this
Names:
American Society of Painters in Water Colors  Search this
American Water Color Society  Search this
New York Water Color Club  Search this
Extent:
3.8 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
1867-1977
bulk 1950-1970
Summary:
The records of the American Watercolor Society measure 3.8 linear feet and date from 1867 to 1977, with the bulk of the material dating from 1950 to 1970. The collection provides scattered documentation of the operations and activities of one of the oldest continuously operating artists' organizations in the United States and includes records of its administration and history, membership, and exhibitions, as well as printed material and photographs.
Scope and Content Note:
The records of the American Watercolor Society measure 3.8 linear feet and date from 1867 to 1977, with the bulk of the material dating from 1950 to 1970. The collection provides scattered documentation of the operations and activities of one of the oldest continuously operating artists' organizations in the United States and includes records of its administration and history, membership, and exhibitions

Records documenting the founding, history, and operations of the society are found in the administration and history series. Included are written histories and material on the 1941 merger with the New York Water Color Club, including an updated Constitution and By-Laws. Also found here are reports, committee documents, administrative correspondence, records of participation in national art events, and financial records.

The membership records include a membership roster notebook, dating from 1953-1961, lists of members, member biographies, and correspondence regarding membership. The society's exhibition files include a bound volume of the record of works shown in the annual exhibition from 1897 to 1904, as well as files on a few other annual exhibitions and exchange exhibitions with other countries. These files contain scattered correspondence, price lists, exhibition checklists and printed material.

A small amount of printed material in the collection includes a booklet entitled, Water-Color Painting: Some Facts and Authorities in Relation to Its Durability, distributed by the society in 1868, as well as news clipping about events and exhibitions, newsletters, and other published items. Photographs are of members, jurors, events, painting demonstrations, and artwork.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into 5 series:

Series 1: Administration and History, 1891-1970 (Box 1-2; 1.1 linear feet)

Series 2: Membership, 1941, 1951-1960s (Box 2; 0.7 linear feet)

Series 3: Exhibition Files, 1867-1910, 1955-1975 (Box 2-3, BV02; 1.2 linear feet)

Series 4: Printed Material, 1868, 1943-1972 (Box 3; 6 folders)

Series 5: Photographs, circa 1940-1977 (Box 3-4; 0.5 linear feet)
Historical Note:
The American Watercolor Society still functions as an active artists' organization that was founded in New York City on December 5, 1866 as the American Society of Painters in Water Colors. The first president was Samuel Colman. Initially, election to membership was very selective, consisting of active members and honorary members (those living outside of New York City). From the beginning, the most important activity of the organization was its annual exhibition, open to both members and non-members, the first being held in the winter of 1867-1868.

The Society's first six annual exhibitions were held jointly with the National Academy of Design at the Academy's galleries. Beginning with the seventh exhibition, the society initiated independent annual exhibitions until 1899. The early exhibitions were very successful, and the society showed work from many prominent American and European artists such as Thomas Eakins, Abbott Thayer, Eugene Delacroix, and John Ruskin. 1888 marked the first year that the society awarded prizes to the best works. By the early 1900s the society had developed a program for exhibitions that included a jury of selection and jury of awards.

In 1903 the society was officially incorporated as the American Water Color Society, to "advance the art of water color painting in this country." Membership classifications changed slightly and artists were either classified as active (professional artists) or associate members. By 1904 the society was struggling financially, and annual exhibitions were held at various spaces around New York City. In 1905 the society established annual rotary (traveling) exhibitions. From 1922 to 1931, the society combined exhibition venues with the New York Water Color Club (founded in 1890), and in January 1941 these two organizations merged under the name of the American Watercolor Society and created a new constitution. This merger brought many female artists who were active in the New York Water Color Club to the society which had previously not recognized many women painters. In 1941 the society established their headquarters in one room at the National Academy of Design's new building where they also held annual exhibitions in the galleries.

Frederic Whitaker, a painter and businessman, became president in 1949 and brought a renewed vigor to the society. He reinstituted traveling exhibitions, created new committees, and increased the number of exhibition awards. He also established an office in the Flatiron building and hired an Executive Secretary. After he resigned in 1956, the society experienced a period of financial troubles that were immediately addressed when Mario Cooper became president in 1959. Offices were moved back to the National Academy, several new officers were appointed, and after a period of fiscal austerity, a scholarship program and central awards fund were established. In 1967 the society had its 100th annual exhibition and also had an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, entitled, "Two Hundred Years of Watercolor Painting In America, An Exhibition Commemorating The Centennial of the American Watercolor Society." Over the next few years the society organized and exchanged exhibitions with other countries, including Canada, Mexico, England, and Australia. Mario Cooper remained president until 1986, and the American Watercolor Society remains an active artists' organization today.
Related Material:
Additional records may be available by contacting the American Watercolor Society.
Separated Material:
Originals of loaned material, including additional exhibition materials, correspondence, photographs, and administrative records were returned to the American Watercolor Society after microfilming. Loaned material is available on reels N68-8 through N68-10, but is not described in the container listing of this finding aid.
Provenance:
The American Watercolor Society loaned material for microfilming in 1968, and, in 1978, donated some of this material. The bound volume of the record of works shown in annual exhibitions, 1897-1904, was microfilmed in 1972 and subsequently donated in 1978 by the American Antiquarian Society.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Use requires an appointment.
Rights:
The American Watercolor Society records 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:
Watercolor painting -- 19th century -- United States  Search this
Art -- Societies, etc. -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Watercolor painting, American  Search this
Watercolor painting -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Watercolorists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
American Watercolor Society records, 1867-1977, bulk 1950-1970. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.amerwate
See more items in:
American Watercolor Society records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-amerwate

Exhibition of water colors by American & European artists : February 26 to April 14, 1929 / Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Creator:
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston  Search this
Physical description:
16 p
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1929
Topic:
Watercolor painting, American--Exhibitions  Search this
Watercolor painting, European--Exhibitions  Search this
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_215502

Special exhibition: contemporary prints and watercolors; November 15 through December 2, 1956

Author:
National Academy of Design (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
108 p. illus., ports. 20 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
1956
[1956]
20th century
Topic:
Engraving, American  Search this
Watercolor painting, American  Search this
Prints  Search this
Prints, American  Search this
Call number:
NE508.N4X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_258335

American water colors, drawings, and prints, 1952; a national competative exhibition, December 5, 1952-January 25, 1953

Author:
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Physical description:
88 p. illus. 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1952
[1952]
Topic:
Watercolor painting, American  Search this
Drawing, American  Search this
Engraving, American  Search this
Call number:
N5020 .N44 1952X
N5020.N44 1952X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_73188

Etchings, block-prints, water-colors by Samuel Chamberlain, Decaris, Clark Fay, Sears Gallagher, Arthur Hall, Norma Hall, Hans Kleiber, Yngve E. Soderberg, George C. Wales, C.I. Wylde

Author:
Goodspeed's Book Shop (Boston, Mass.)  Search this
Subject:
Chamberlain, Samuel 1895-1975  Search this
Physical description:
52 p. : ill., ports. ; 23 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Date:
1930
[1930]
Topic:
Etching, American  Search this
Engraving, American  Search this
Watercolor painting, American  Search this
Call number:
N6512 .E83 1930
N6512.E83 1930
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_319640

Annual exhibition of contemporary American sculpture, drawings and prints / Whitney Museum of American Art

Author:
Whitney Museum of American Art  Search this
Physical description:
v. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Periodicals
Date:
19uu
Topic:
Sculpture, American  Search this
Watercolor painting, American--Exhibitions--Periodicals  Search this
Drawing, American  Search this
Painting, American  Search this
Call number:
N618 .A5a
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_141285

Annual exhibition, sculpture, paintings, watercolors, drawings / Whitney Museum of American Art

Title:
Annual exhibition
Sculpture, paintings, watercolors, drawings
Author:
Whitney Museum of American Art  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. : ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Periodicals
Date:
1957
[1957]
Topic:
Sculpture, American  Search this
Watercolor painting, American--Exhibitions--Periodicals  Search this
Drawing, American  Search this
Painting, American  Search this
Call number:
N618 .A5a
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_414476

Annual exhibition, sculpture, paintings, watercolors, drawings / Whitney Museum of American Art

Title:
Annual exhibition
Sculpture, paintings, watercolors, drawings
Author:
Whitney Museum of American Art  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. : ill. ; 18 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Periodicals
Date:
1959
[1959]
20th century
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Sculpture, American  Search this
Painting, American  Search this
Watercolor painting, American--Exhibitions--Periodicals  Search this
Drawing, American  Search this
Call number:
N618 .A5a
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_414480

American drawings and watercolors / Carol Clark

Author:
Clark, Carol 1947 July 21-  Search this
Subject:
Lehman, Robert 1892-1969 Art collections Catalogs  Search this
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Physical description:
xi, 259 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Place:
United States
New York (State)
New York
Date:
1992
C1992
19th century
20th century
Topic:
Drawing, American  Search this
Drawing--Catalogs  Search this
Drawing  Search this
Watercolor painting, American  Search this
Watercolor painting--Catalogs  Search this
Watercolor painting  Search this
Drawing--Private collections  Search this
Watercolor painting--Private collections--Catalogs  Search this
Call number:
NC107.C585 1992
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_646540

Photorealist watercolors : The PieperPower collection / [Linda Chase]

Author:
Chase, Linda 1942-  Search this
Ohlgart, Thomas N  Search this
PieperPower Company  Search this
Physical description:
39 p. : ill. photos. ports. (some col.); 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Catalogs
Date:
2007
C2007
Topic:
Photo-realism  Search this
Watercolor painting  Search this
Watercolor painting, American  Search this
Watercolor painting--Private collections  Search this
Drawing  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1050507

Works on paper : from Thomas Cole to Andrew Wyeth ; [exhibition] April 19 through June 3 , 1980 ; Adams Davidson Galleries

Author:
Adams Davidson Galleries  Search this
Physical description:
[24] p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
1980
19th century
20th century
Topic:
Drawing  Search this
Drawing, American  Search this
Watercolor painting, American  Search this
Watercolor painting  Search this
Call number:
NC105 .A33 1980
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_637999

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