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Lily Emmet Cushing papers, 1929-1972

Creator:
Cushing, Lily Emmet, 1909-1969  Search this
Subject:
Onassis, Jacqueline Kennedy  Search this
Frankfurter, Alfred M.  Search this
Graham, Katharine  Search this
Kefauver, Nancy  Search this
Bernstein, Henri  Search this
Chiang, May-ling Soong  Search this
Kuhn, Walt  Search this
Zhonghua fu nu fan gong kang E lian he hui  Search this
Maynard Walker Gallery  Search this
Type:
Postcards
Notebooks
Photographs
Typescripts
Paintings
Topic:
Landscape painting  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Theme:
Women  Search this
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9463
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211661
AAA_collcode_cushlily
Theme:
Women
Lives of American Artists
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Archives of American Art
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Lily Emmet Cushing papers

Creator:
Cushing, Lily Emmet, 1909-1969  Search this
Names:
Maynard Walker Gallery  Search this
Zhonghua fu nu fan gong kang E lian he hui  Search this
Bernstein, Henri  Search this
Chiang, May-ling Soong, 1897-2003  Search this
Frankfurter, Alfred M.  Search this
Graham, Katharine, 1917-  Search this
Kefauver, Nancy, 1912-1967  Search this
Kuhn, Walt, 1877-1949  Search this
Onassis, Jacqueline Kennedy, 1929-1994  Search this
Extent:
4 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Postcards
Notebooks
Photographs
Typescripts
Paintings
Date:
1929-1972
Summary:
The papers of painter Lily Emmet Cushing date from 1929 to 1972 and measure 4.0 linear feet. Found within the papers are biographical material; letters from friends including Henri Bernstein, Alfred M. Frankfurter, Katharine Graham, Nancy Kefauver, and Walt Kuhn; personal business records including financial material concerning the Maynard Walker Gallery; notes and writings; art work; printed material; and photographs.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of painter Lily Emmet Cushing date from 1929 to 1972 and measure 4.0 linear feet. Found within the papers are biographical material; letters from friends including Henri Bernstein, Alfred M. Frankfurter, Katharine Graham, Nancy Kefauver, and Walt Kuhn; personal business records including financial material concerning the Maynard Walker Gallery; notes and writings; art work; printed material; and photographs.

Biographical material consists primarily of address books and lists of addresses, but also includes miscellaneous resum├ęs and a certificate of participation in the Art in the Embassies program. signed by Nancy Kefauver.

Scattered letters received by Cushing are primarily from friends including Henri Bernstein, Alfred M. Frankfurter, Katharine Graham, Nancy Kefauver, and Walt Kuhn. There are also letters concerning the Chinese Women's Anti-Aggression League that benefited the charitable and social welfare organizations of the Chinese Navy.

Personal business records include lists of art work and purchasers, price lists, financial and legal documents, and various receipts, including some for art supplies. Papers concerning the Maynard Walker Gallery include letters discussing sales, invoices, and a ledger listing sales of art work by various artists including Lily Cushing Emmet.

Notes and Writings consist of notebooks containing annotations on miscellaneous topics including household items, painting, plants, and recipes. Miscellaneous notes concern art work, fabric, and furnishings. Typescripts by others concern the genealogy of the Clark family.

Art work consists of a schematic drawing, small oil paintings on masonite, and a commercial printing block of a design by Walt Kuhn.

Printed material consists of clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs, programs, miscellaneous brochures, picture postcards of scenes in the United States, Europe, and Mexico and of Native Americans.

Photographs are of Cushing, her daughters, her third husband Capt. Alston Boyd, friends and colleagues including Mme. Chiang Kai-Shek, various houses, travel scenes, miscellaneous plants, and of art work. There is also a photograph of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 7 series:

Missing Title

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1953-1967 (Box 1; 14 folders)

Series 2: Letters, 1929-1972 (Box 1-2, OV 7; 1.4 linear feet)

Series 3: Personal Business Records, 1934-1969 (Box 2-3, 6; 0.8 linear feet)

Series 4: Notes and Writings, 1955-1969 (Box 3; 23 folders)

Series 5: Art Work, circa 1940 (Box 3, 6; 3 folders)

Series 6: Printed Material, 1930-1968 (Box 3, 6; 30 folders)

Series 7: Photographs, 1940-1968 (Box 3-6; 0.8 linear feet)
Biographical Note:
Lily Cushing (1909-1969) of New York City was primarily known as a painter of landscapes and still lifes of flowers.

Lily Cushing was born on January 13, 1909 in New York City, the third child of Ethel Cochrane and artist Howard Gardiner Cushing. She studied painting in the studio of Alexandre Jacovleff in Paris from 1926-1927, and with Walt Kuhn in New York City in 1929. Cushing's first solo exhibition was at the Arden Gallery in New York in 1930.

In 1929, Cushing married George Crawford Clark Jr. in Newport, Rhode Island. Following her divorce from Clark, she married William Temple Emmet, Jr. in 1932. They had two daughters, Alexandra and Lily. Cushing's second marriage also ended in divorce. In 1953, she married naval officer Alston M. Boyd in New York.

Cushing's work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and in the private collections of Paul Mellon, John Hay Whitney, and Joseph P. Kennedy, among others.

Lily Cushing died on September 21, 1969, in Fishers Island, New York.
Separated Material:
An unrecorded number of exhibition catalogs were removed from the collection and given to the Smithsonian American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery Art Library in 1977.
Provenance:
The Lily Emmet Cushing papers were donated in 1972 by the artist's daughters Alexandra Emmet Schlesinger and Lily Emmet West.
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.
Occupation:
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Landscape painting  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Genre/Form:
Postcards
Notebooks
Photographs
Typescripts
Paintings
Citation:
Lily Emmet Cushing papers, 1929-1972. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.cushlily
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