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March, Benjamin 1899-1934  Search this
March, Benjamin 1899-1934  Search this
St. Denis, Ruth 1880-1968  Search this
Rowe, Dorothy 1898-1969  Search this
Ferguson, John Calvin 1866-1945  Search this
Priest, Alan Reed  Search this
Yanjing da xue  Search this
Physical description:
182 typed unbound pages with solid wood covers
Beijing (China)
East Asian art historian, curator and lecturer, Benjamin Franklin March Jr., was born in Chicago on July 4, 1899 to Benjamin and Isabel March. He studied, lectured, and wrote in the United States and China and through his works gained respect as one of the foremost authorities on Chinese art during the 1920s and 1930s. March was East Asian art lecturer at the University of Michigan, and curator of Asian art at the Detroit Institute of Art. Although he lived only thirty-five years, Benjamin March was a respected and influential scholar of Asian art.
Finding aid available electronically.
Gift of Judith March Davis, 1995.
A diary typed by the young Chinese art scholar Benjamin March from June 1925 to March 1926 describing his life in China. Events include March's marriage to the author Dorothy Rowe (1898-1969) in Nanjing, their honeymoon in Hangzhou and Suzhou, and their subsequent life in Beijing. March describes hikes through scenic areas in Hangzhou and Beijing; his acquaintance with scholars such as John Calvin Ferguson and Alan Priest; attending performances by Ruth St. Denis and Mei Lanfang, and his work at Yenching University.
Cite as:
Benjamin March Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of Judith March Davis, 1995
Repository Loc.:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 20560
Art, Asian  Search this
Art, Asian--Research  Search this
Art, Chinese  Search this
Chinese language--Terms and phrases  Search this
Painting, Chinese  Search this
Description and travel  Search this
Local number:
FSA A1995.10 2.3
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Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives