Biographical material, letters, writings, photographs, financial material, works of art and printed material relating to the work of Harrison Cady as an illustrator and painter.
Biographical material includes a draft of Cady's will, death notices, and a certificate of merit. Letters are from Thornton Burgess, Ogden Pleissner, and Stow Wengenroth. Writings consist of 31 diaries, address books and lists, notes, 132 notebooks containing lists of stories and of works of art, and annotated sketches of Cady's travels in New England and Europe. Photographs are of of Cady, his family, friends, works of art, and scenes of his travels. Works of art include 27 sketchbooks and 2425 sketches and drawings, original ink drawings for cartoons for the New York Tribune and Life magazine, and sketches by Melinna, Cady's wife. Printed material includes exhibition catalogs and announcements, reproductions of Cady's drawings, including a drawing of Peter Rabbit given out as a "souvenir of the 1934 Easter Party", travel brochures, and clippings.
Biographical / Historical:
Harrison Cady (1877-1970) was an illustrator and painter from Gardner, Mass. He is best known for his illustrations of animals, in particular, Peter Rabbit. Cady's illustrations were published in numerous magazines, childrens' books and newspapers.
This collection was donated in installments from 1971-1974 by David, Harrison, Winthrop and Frances Eldredge, nephews and the sister-in-law of Harrison Cady, and again by David Eldredge in 2008.
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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.