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Thomas Sully, Philadelphia, Pa. to George Catlin

Creator:
Sully, Thomas, 1783-1872  Search this
Catlin, George, 1796-1872  Search this
Subject:
Catlin, George  Search this
Sully, Thomas  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
1839 July 16
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)1355
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George Catlin papers, 1821-1904, 1946
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_1355
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Copy portrait photograph of Thomas Sully

Photographer:
Rockwood, George Gardner, 1832-1911  Search this
Sarony, Napoleon, 1821-1896  Search this
Subject:
Sully, Thomas  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1978
Topic:
Portraits  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)9760
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[Artists' portraits from Henry Tuckerman's Book of the Artists...] [graphic] / [George Rockwood and Napoleon Sarony], [ca. 1865]-1867
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_9760
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Robert C. Graham collection of artists' letters, 1783-1935, bulk 1804-1877

Creator:
Graham, Robert Claverhouse, 1913-1994  Search this
Subject:
Doughty, Thomas  Search this
Leutze, Emanuel  Search this
Peale, Rembrandt  Search this
Sully, Thomas  Search this
Inman, Henry  Search this
Trumbull, John  Search this
West, Benjamin  Search this
Sargent, John Singer  Search this
Healy, G. P. A. (George Peter Alexander)  Search this
Huntington, Daniel  Search this
Morse, Samuel Finley Breese  Search this
Topic:
Art dealers  Search this
Art  Search this
Painters  Search this
Letters  Search this
Artists' writings  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)5810
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)208650
AAA_collcode_grahrobe
Theme:
The Art Market
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_208650
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Charles Henry Hart autograph collection, 1731-1918

Creator:
Hart, Charles Henry, 1847-1918  Search this
Subject:
Church, Frederic Edwin  Search this
Peale, Raphaelle  Search this
Vedder, Elihu  Search this
Whistler, James McNeill  Search this
Audubon, John James  Search this
Peale, Rubens  Search this
Vanderlyn, John  Search this
Anshutz, Thomas Pollock  Search this
Peale, Rembrandt  Search this
Smillie, James David  Search this
Chase, William Merritt  Search this
Eakins, Thomas  Search this
Sully, Thomas  Search this
Peale, Titian Ramsay  Search this
Thayer, Abbott Handerson  Search this
Ward, John Quincy Adams  Search this
West, Benjamin  Search this
McEntee, Jervis  Search this
Cox, Kenyon  Search this
Copley, John Singleton  Search this
Stuart, Gilbert  Search this
Peale, Charles Willson  Search this
Morse, Samuel Finley Breese  Search this
Topic:
Artists  Search this
Autographs  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)5905
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)208745
AAA_collcode_hartchar
Theme:
Art Theory and Historiography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_208745
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George Catlin papers, 1821-1904, 1946

Creator:
Catlin, George, 1796-1872  Search this
Subject:
Sully, Thomas  Search this
Clay, Henry  Search this
Seward, William Henry  Search this
Topic:
Ethnological illustrators  Search this
Painters  Search this
Art and race  Search this
Illustrators  Search this
Photogravures  Search this
Portrait painters  Search this
Ethnological painters  Search this
Miniature painters  Search this
Indians of North America  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)5435
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209512
AAA_collcode_catlgeor
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209512
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Victor D. Spark papers, circa 1830-1983, bulk 1930-1970

Creator:
Spark, Victor D. (Victor David), 1898-1991  Search this
Subject:
Moran, Thomas  Search this
Engelhard, Charles W.  Search this
Peale, Rembrandt  Search this
Medina, Leon  Search this
Hardy, Charlotte  Search this
Clonney, James Goodwyn  Search this
Sully, Thomas  Search this
Prendergast, Maurice Brazil  Search this
Berliner, Jacob  Search this
Copley, John Singleton  Search this
Shinn, Everett  Search this
Lehman, Robert  Search this
Grigaut, Hubert L.  Search this
Hardy, Jeremiah Pearson  Search this
Heade, Martin Johnson  Search this
Frankenstein, Alfred Victor  Search this
Moran, Ruth B.  Search this
San Diego Arts Society  Search this
Topic:
Photographs  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Artists' studios  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Art galleries, Commercial  Search this
Art appraisers  Search this
Art dealers  Search this
Art  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7451
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209609
AAA_collcode_sparvict
Theme:
The Art Market
Art Gallery Records
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209609
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George Catlin papers

Creator:
Catlin, George, 1796-1872  Search this
Names:
Clay, Henry, 1777-1852  Search this
Seward, William Henry, 1801-1872  Search this
Sully, Thomas, 1783-1872  Search this
Extent:
2.3 Linear Feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photogravures
Date:
undated
1821-1904
Summary:
The collection comprises 2.3 feet of papers concerning George Catlin's creation and promotion of his famed "Indian Gallery" of paintings, drawings, and artifacts of North American Indians. Dating from 1821 through 1904, with one item dated 1946, the papers include letters, notebooks and journals, receipt books and loose receipts, printed materials, and other documentation. The bulk of the collection focuses on Catlin's efforts to promote the sale of his gallery to the United States government through tours, including London and Paris, and petitions to various governments to purchase the Gallery. Among the rare printed catalogs and petitions in the collection are exhibition catalogs for the U.S., London, and Paris tours, the earliest dating from 1837. Letters and other documents include letters dating from the 1830s from Henry Clay, Thomas Sully, and William Henry Seward commending Catlin's work, as well as Catlin family correspondence and papers dating from 1821 through the 1870s.
Scope and Contents note:
The collection comprises 2.3 feet of papers concerning George Catlin's creation and promotion of his famed "Indian Gallery" of paintings, drawings, and artifacts of North American Indians. Dating from 1821 through 1904, with one item dated 1946, the papers include letters, notebooks and journals, receipt books and loose receipts, printed materials, and other documentation. The bulk of the collection focuses on Catlin's efforts to promote the sale of his gallery to the United States government through tours, including London and Paris, and petitions to various governments to purchase the Gallery. Among the rare printed catalogs and petitions in the collection are exhibition catalogs for the U.S., London, and Paris tours, the earliest dating from 1837. Letters and other documents include letters dating from the 1830s from Henry Clay, Thomas Sully, and William Henry Seward commending Catlin's work, as well as Catlin family correspondence and papers dating from 1821 through the 1870s.

Of particular interest in the collection are letters to and from Catlin, including two written by Catlin during his early travels to the west in the 1830s. Other letters include ones from Henry Clay, John Adams Dix, Ralph Randolph Gurley, James Hall, William Henry Seward, Thomas Sully (illustrated), and Baron Friederich von Humbolt, among others. Most wish Catlin well and offer support in his endeavors to sell his collection.

Also found within the collection are several notebooks and notes describing Native American ceremonies, name translations, customs, and other information pertinent to Catlin's catalog, two volume book, and exhibitions of the "Indian Gallery." There are also numerous loose receipts and account and receipt books documenting the 1840s London and Paris venues of the "Indian Gallery" exhibition. The collection also houses printed catalogs for the exhibitions, including a rare 1837 catalog for the first show in New York.

Additional materials include certificates of authenticity testifying to the authenticity of Catlin's paintings from life of Native American sitters, announcements relating to exhibition openings, printed memorials and petitions to Congress, printed letters of support, envelopes and name cards, and handwritten tickets to Catlin lectures. Also found are a handwritten journal of Theodore B. Catlin, photogravures of Catlin, obituaries for Catlin, and printed reviews of the exhibitions.
Arrangement note:
The George Catlin papers are arranged into five series based primarily on document type. Within each series, materials are arranged in chronological order.

Series 1: Correspondence, 1821-1885 (Boxes 1, 6; Reel 5824; 12 folders)

Series 2: Writings, 1825-circa 1872 (Boxes 1, 6; Reel 5824; 9 folders)

Series 3: Financial Records, 1826-1848 (Boxes 2, 6; Reels 5824-5825; 13 folders, 3 bound volumes)

Series 4: Catalogs, 1837-1871 (Boxes 3-5; Reel 5825; 1 linear foot)

Series 5: Ephemera and Miscellaneous Printed Material, 1832-1904, 1946 (Boxes 5-6, OV 7; Reel 5825; 14 folders)
Biographical/Historical note:
George Catlin was born in 1796 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Although trained as a lawyer, Catlin quit his law practice and moved to Philadelphia in 1823 to begin a career as a portrait painter. He gained membership in the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 1824, but his career in formal portraiture met with little success. In 1830, Catlin embarked upon his lifetime achievement of documenting the lives, customs, and culture of the declining native American population of the Plains. He spent the next six years traveling, drawing, painting, and writing about the Plains Indians. By 1837, he had amassed enough documentation to hold a major exhibition in New York of Catlin's Indian Gallery of Portraits, Landscapes, Manners and Customs, Costumes, etc. The same exhibition, with an added live show, traveled to London in 1842 and Paris in 1845, where it was met with rave reviews.

Catlin spent the remainder of his life gathering support for the sale of the Indian Gallery to the U.S. Congress. Between 1841 and 1842, at his own expense, Catlin wrote and published his two volume set Letters and Notes on the Manners, Customs, and Condition of the North American Indians. He also wrote numerous petitions and "memorials" to Congress, often including statements from national and international reputable supporters, such as Daniel Webster, General Lewis Cass, the Joint Committee on the Library (of Congress), and the American Ambassador to France. The Smithsonian Institution's first Secretary Joseph Henry strongly supported congressional acquisition of Catlin's work and even provided Catlin with a small studio in the Castle building. All of the appeals to the government for the purchase of the collection were, in the end, unsuccessful and Catlin died almost penniless in 1872.
Related Archival Materials note:
The Archives holds several related collections of differing provenances related to George Catlin, including a small collection of manuscripts and drawings microfilmed on reel 1191 related to Catlin's work in marine art and documentation. A microfilmed loan of circa 500 items is also available on reel 3277 of letters between Catlin and Sir Thomas Phillipps, 1840-1860, writings by Catlin and material on Catlin's Indian Gallery, including clippings, catalogs, handbills, invitations, drawings and portrait sketches of native Americans, and printed material; a watercolor sketchbook; a list of paintings; and miscellany. Also found within the Archives is one undated letter microfilmed on reel D8 from Catlin, and a collection of art historian William Truettner's research papers on George Catlin.
Provenance:
The papers of George Catlin were transferred to the Archives of American Art by the Library of the Smithsonian's National Collection of Fine Arts, now the Smithsonian's American Art Museum. Accession records indicate that the papers were once maintained by the Smithsonian's Bureau of Ethnology and were probably part of the orginal 1879 acquisition of Catlin's Indian Gallery by the Smithsonian. Businessman Joseph Harrison rescued the "Indian Gallery" from Catlin's creditors in the 1850s and stored the collection in a Philadelphia warehouse, where it suffered damage from at least two fires before Harrison's widow donated the collection to the Smithsonian.
Restrictions:
A digitized version of the microfilm of this collection is available online via the Archives of American Art website.
Rights:
The George Catlin papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. 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:
Portrait painters  Search this
Painters  Search this
Miniature painters  Search this
Indians of North America -- Portraits  Search this
Illustrators  Search this
Ethnological painters  Search this
Ethnological illustrators  Search this
Art and race  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photogravures
Citation:
George Catlin papers, 1821-1946. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.catlgeor
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George Catlin papers
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Archives of American Art
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Victor D. Spark papers

Creator:
Spark, Victor D. (Victor David), 1898-1991  Search this
Names:
San Diego Arts Society  Search this
Berliner, Jacob, 1849-1918  Search this
Clonney, James Goodwyn, 1812-1867  Search this
Copley, John Singleton, 1738-1815  Search this
Engelhard, Charles W., Jr., 1917-1971  Search this
Frankenstein, Alfred V. (Alfred Victor), 1906-1981  Search this
Grigaut, Hubert L.  Search this
Hardy, Charlotte  Search this
Hardy, Jeremiah Pearson, 1800-1889  Search this
Heade, Martin Johnson, 1819-1904  Search this
Lehman, Robert, 1892-1969  Search this
Medina, Leon  Search this
Moran, Ruth B.  Search this
Moran, Thomas, 1837-1926  Search this
Peale, Rembrandt, 1778-1860  Search this
Prendergast, Maurice Brazil, 1858-1924  Search this
Shinn, Everett, 1876-1953  Search this
Sully, Thomas, 1783-1872  Search this
Extent:
22.2 Linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Date:
circa 1830-1983
bulk 1930-1970
Summary:
The Victor D. Spark papers measure 22.2 linear feet and date from circa 1830 to 1983, with the bulk of the material from 1930 to 1970. The papers document Spark's career as a New York City art dealer and appraiser who was most active from World War II through the 1970s, focusing on Old Masters paintings and 19th and early 20th century American art. Found within the papers are biographical materials, artist files, client files, financial records, legal records, printed material, and photographs.
Scope and Contents:
The Victor D. Spark papers measure 22.2 linear feet and date from circa 1830 to 1983, with the bulk of the material from 1930 to 1970. The papers document Spark's career as a New York City art dealer and appraiser who was most active during World War II up through the 1970s with a focus on Old Masters paintings as well as 19th and early 20th century American art. Found within the papers are biographical materials, artist files, client files, financial records, legal records, printed material, and photographs.

Biographical materials contain greeting cards and post cards, annotated appointment calendars, miscellaneous notes and lists, and an apartment lease.

Artists' files include photographs of artwork, artist biographies, printed materials, and some correspondence with and about the artist. Many of the photographs are annotated. Files are found for Old Masters and American artists, including James G. Clonney, Jon Singleton Copley, Jeremiah P. Hardy, Martin Johnson Heade, Rembrandt Peale, Maurice Prendergast, Everett Shinn, Thomas Sully, and many others. There is also a letter written in 1924 by Ruth Moran along with a photograph of a painting by the artist Thomas Moran, signed by him on the verso.

Extensive client files include notes, correspondence, bills, receipts, and clippings regarding sales and appraisals. Spark's clients included museums, collectors, art dealers, most of which are represented in the files. Notable clients and colleagues include Jacob S. Berliner, Charles W. Engelhard, Alfred V. Frankenstein, Hubert L. Grigaut, Charlotte W. Hardy, Robert Lehman, and Leon Medina. There are also files for many universities, businesses, museums, and galleries.

Financial records comprise the largest series in the collection and include ledgers, stock books, consignment records, scattered banking records, bills, tax documents, auction price lists, check stubs, and cancelled checks.

A small amount of legal records document two legal cases: Rauch v. IRS and Kaufman v. Phoenix (Travelers) Insurance Company for which Spark provided testimony.

Printed materials include clippings, exhibition and auction catalogs, newsletters, bulletins, a membership roster for the San Diego Arts Society, and several 19th century printed items.

Two black and white photographs are of a steam locomotive and an unidentified portraitist in his studio.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged as 7 series.

Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1906, 1948-1981 (1.7 linear feet; Box 1-2)

Series 2: Artist Files, 1905-1983 (4 linear feet; Box 2-6, 22)

Series 3: Client Files, 1904, 1927-1981 (7.1 linear feet; Box 6-13)

Series 4: Financial Records, 1930-1981 (8.7 linear feet; Box 13-20, 22-29)

Series 5: Legal Records, 1970-1972 (0.2 linear feet; Box 20)

Series 6: Printed Materials, circa 1830-1872, 1948-1982 (0.2 linear feet; Box 20-22)

Series 7: Photographs, circa 1898-circa 1940 (0.1 linear feet; Box 21)
Biographical / Historical:
Victor D. Spark (1898-1991) was a prominent New York City appraiser and art dealer who specialized in Old Masters paintings as well as 19th and early 20th century art.

Spark was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1898. When he was two years old, the Spark family moved to Harlem. His father worked in the hotel business and owned hotels in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Europe. Spark briefly attended the City College of New York before transferring to New York University, where he studied for half a year, then enlisted in the Marines Corps during World War I and served overseas for 2 years. After his discharge, Spark returned to NYU where he majored in French, an interest he acquired during his military service. After graduation, Spark married Nina and went to Europe to help his father manage a summer hotel. There, he became interested in art.

Spark returned to the U.S., continuing to work for his father until 1929. Spark was involved with decorating and furnishing the hotels and often purchased antiques, artwork, and furniture, furthering his arts interests and knowledge. He began working in a gallery, acquiring works of art and dividing the sales profits with the gallery owners. Spark had no formal art education and his taste and eye for art was gained primarily through his travels in Europe. He also had a good business sense about what might sell for profit in the U.S.

Spark made frequent art buying trips across the United States to cities such as Boston and Philadelphia and returned to New York with paintings that he sold. Spark never owned a gallery, but he occasionally held exhibits, such as one titled "101 American Painters," inside the apartment. Although Spark specialized in 19th to early 20th century American art, he also sold European art work acquired during trips to Europe following World War II.

Spark continued his work selling paintings to museums, collectors, and other art dealers, until the 1970s. He was most active from the 1930s through World War II. As a prominent dealer for over four decades, Spark came to know many luminaries of the New York art scene, such as art dealer and gallery owner Edith Halpert. Spark died in 1991.
Related Materials:
The Archives of American Art also holds an oral history interview of Victor D. Spark conducted August 5, 1975 by Paul Cummings.

The National Gallery of Art maintains 12,000 photographs and negatives of artwork in their Victor D. Spark photograph collection.
Provenance:
The Victor D. Spark papers were acquired between 1954 and 1996. The first accession of 19th century printed materials and a letter by Ruth Moran was donated by Spark in 1954. The bulk of the collection was purchased jointly by the Archives of American Art and the National Gallery of Art at auction in July 1987. Subsequently, photographs of works of art documenting the collections of the National Gallery of Art were separated and retained by the National Gallery of Art. The papers remained at the Archives of American Art; three letters were later transferred to the Archives from the National Gallery of Art in 1996.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Victor D. Spark papers 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.
Occupation:
Art appraisers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Artists' studios -- Photographs  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Art, Modern -- 19th century -- United States  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art galleries, Commercial -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Art dealers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
Victor D. Spark papers, circa 1830-1983, bulk 1930-1970. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.sparvict
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Archives of American Art
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ead_collection:sova-aaa-sparvict
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Robert C. Graham collection of artists' letters

Creator:
Graham, Robert Claverhouse, 1913-1994  Search this
Names:
Doughty, Thomas, 1793-1856  Search this
Healy, G.P.A. (George Peter Alexander), 1813-1894  Search this
Huntington, Daniel, 1816-1906  Search this
Inman, Henry, 1801-1846  Search this
Leutze, Emanuel, 1816-1868  Search this
Morse, Samuel Finley, 1791-1872  Search this
Peale, Rembrandt, 1778-1860  Search this
Sargent, John Singer, 1856-1925  Search this
Sully, Thomas, 1783-1872  Search this
Trumbull, John, 1756-1843  Search this
West, Benjamin, 1738-1820  Search this
Extent:
0.2 Linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Letters
Date:
1783-1935
bulk 1804-1877
Summary:
The Robert C. Graham collection of artists' letters measure 0.2 linear feet and dates from 1783 to 1935, with the bulk of the letters dating from 1804 to 1877. Graham, an art dealer and collector, compiled the unrelated letters of several late eighteenth-century and nineteenth-century painters such as Thomas Biddle, Thomas Doughty, G. P. A. Healy, Daniel Huntington, Henry Inman, Emanuel Leutze, Samuel F. B. Morse, Rembrandt Peale, John Singer Sargent, Thomas Sully, John Trumbull, Benjamin West, and others.
Scope and Content Note:
The Robert C. Graham collection of artists' letters measure 0.2 linear feet dates from 1783 to 1935, with the bulk of the letters dating from 1804 to 1877. Graham, an art dealer and collector, compiled the unrelated letters of several late eighteenth-century and nineteenth-century painters such as Thomas Doughty, G. P. A. Healy, Daniel Huntington, Henry Inman, Emanuel Leutze, Samuel F. B. Morse, Rembrandt Peale, John Singer Sargent, Thomas Sully, John Trumbull, Benjamin West, and others.
Arrangement:
Folders are arranged alphabetically by the author of the letter. Multiple letters within folders are arranged chronologically.
Biographical Note:
Robert Claverhouse Graham (1913-1994) was the director of the Graham Gallery in New York City. He and his brother James were fourth generation owners of the gallery which specialized in nineteenth- and twentieth-century American art.
Related Material:
Related material found in the Archives includes the recording and transcript of a 1976 interview of Robert Claverhouse Graham conducted by Paul Cummings for the Archives of American Art. The Archives also holds numerous collections of papers related to or created by the artists who wrote these letters.
Provenance:
The collection was donated in 1961 by Robert C. Graham.
Restrictions:
The collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website.
Rights:
The Robert C. Graham collection of artists' letters 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:
Artists' writings  Search this
Painters -- 19th century  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Art dealers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Letters
Citation:
Robert C. Graham collection of artists' letters, 1783-1935. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.grahrobe
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Archives of American Art
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ead_collection:sova-aaa-grahrobe
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Charles Henry Hart autograph collection

Creator:
Hart, Charles Henry, 1847-1918  Search this
Names:
Anshutz, Thomas Pollock, 1851-1912  Search this
Audubon, John James, 1785-1851  Search this
Chase, William Merritt, 1846-1916  Search this
Church, Frederic Edwin, 1826-1900  Search this
Copley, John Singleton, 1738-1815  Search this
Cox, Kenyon, 1856-1919  Search this
Eakins, Thomas, 1844-1916  Search this
James McNeill Whistler, 1834-1903  Search this
McEntee, Jervis, 1828-1891  Search this
Morse, Samuel Finley Breese, 1791-1872  Search this
Peale, Charles Willson, 1741-1827  Search this
Peale, Raphaelle, 1774-1825  Search this
Peale, Rembrandt, 1778-1860  Search this
Peale, Rubens, 1784-1865  Search this
Peale, Titian Ramsay, 1799-1885  Search this
Smillie, James David, 1833-1909  Search this
Stuart, Gilbert, 1755-1828  Search this
Sully, Thomas, 1783-1872  Search this
Thayer, Abbott Handerson, 1849-1921  Search this
Vanderlyn, John, 1775-1852  Search this
Vedder, Elihu, 1836-1923  Search this
Ward, John Quincy Adams, 1830-1910  Search this
West, Benjamin, 1738-1820  Search this
Extent:
1.7 Linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Date:
1731-1918
Summary:
The Charles Henry Hart autograph collection dates from 1731-1917 and measures 1.7 linear feet comprised of 226 letters, portrait prints, and other documents signed by American artists.
Scope and Contents:
The Charles Henry Hart autograph collection dates from 1731-1917 and measures 1.7 linear feet comprised of 226 letters, portrait prints, and other documents signed by American artists.

Originally titled by Hart as "The History of Art in America as Told in a Remarkable Collection of Autograph Letters and Documents of Celebrated American Artists of the Eighteenth, Nineteenth, and Twentieth Century," the collection includes letters and other items signed by Thomas Anshutz, John J. Audubon, William Merritt Chase, Frederic Edwin Church, John Singleton Copley, Kenyon Cox, Thomas Eakins, Jervis McEntee, Samuel F.B. Morse, Charles Willson Peale, Raphaelle Peale, Rembrandt Peale, Rubens Peale, Titian Peale, James Daivd Smillie, Gilbert Stuart, Thomas Sully, Abbott Handerson Thayer, John Vanderlyn, Elihu Vedder, John Quincy Adams Ward, Benjamin West, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, and many others.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 1 series.

Series 1: Charles Henry Hart autograph collection, 1731-1917 (226 items; Box 1-5)
Biographical / Historical:
Charles Henry Hart (1847-1918) was a historian, lawyer, writer, and director, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1882-1904. Widely, he published on the subject of 18th and 19th century portraiture in the United States.
Related Materials:
The Archives of American Art also holds the personal papers of Charles Henry Hart, dating from 1774-1930, bulk 1888-1918.
Provenance:
The Charles Henry Hart autograph collection was donated to the Archives of American Art in 1954 as an anonymous gift. It is assumed that Hart assembled the letters. Original collation was two letterbooks entitled "The History of Art in America as Tolk in a Remarkable Collection of Autograph Letters and Documents of Celebrated American Artists of the Eighteenth, Nineteenth, and Twentieth Century."
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Charles Henry Hart autograph collection is 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:
Autographs -- Collections  Search this
Artists -- United States -- Portraits  Search this
Autographs -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Artists -- United States -- Autographs  Search this
Citation:
Charles Henry Hart autograph collection, 1731-1918. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.hartchar
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Archives of American Art
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Private memorandum / Thomas Sully, 1837-1859, (bulk 1837-1839)

Creator:
Sully, Thomas, 1783-1872  Search this
Topic:
Sculptors  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10787
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)214428
AAA_collcode_sullthopm
Theme:
Art Materials, Techniques, and Studio Art Education
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_214428

Joel Roberts Poinsett letters from artists, 1824-1844

Creator:
Poinsett, Joel Roberts, 1779-1851  Search this
Subject:
Cogdell, John S. (John Stevens),  Search this
Longacre, James Barton  Search this
Herring, James  Search this
Pettrich, Ferdinand Friedrich August  Search this
Sully, Thomas  Search this
Chapman, J. G. (John Gadsby)  Search this
Catlin, George  Search this
White, John Blake  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10874
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)214644
AAA_collcode_poinjoel
Theme:
Ephemera, Miscellany, and General Art Related
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_214644

Letters to William Meredith, 1804-1827

Creator:
Meredith, William M. (William Morris), 1799-1873  Search this
Subject:
Irving, Washington  Search this
Sully, Thomas  Search this
West, Benjamin  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10902
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)214679
AAA_collcode_merewill
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_214679

Letter to Mrs. Wallace, 1839 May 5

Creator:
Sully, Thomas, 1783-1872  Search this
Subject:
Wallace  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10907
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)214684
AAA_collcode_sullthow
Theme:
Ephemera, Miscellany, and General Art Related
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_214684

Selected art related documents from the Woodhouse collection, [1817-1843 and undated]

Creator:
Historical Society of Pennsylvania  Search this
Subject:
Sully, Thomas  Search this
Meredith, William M. (William Morris)  Search this
Peale, Rembrandt  Search this
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts  Search this
Artists' Fund Society  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10913
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)214690
AAA_collcode_histsocp
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_214690

[Case brief] Society of the Sons of St. George vs. Thomas Sully, 1839 Mar. 11

Creator:
Sully, Thomas, 1783-1872  Search this
Subject:
Victoria  Search this
Society of the Sons of St. George  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10928
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)214705
AAA_collcode_sullthcb
Theme:
Ephemera, Miscellany, and General Art Related
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_214705

Charles James Madison Eaton correspondence with Hiram Powers, and a letter received from Thomas Sully, 1845-1867

Creator:
Eaton, Charles James Madison, 1808-1893  Search this
Powers, Hiram, 1805-1873  Search this
Subject:
Kellogg, Miner K. (Miner Kilbourne)  Search this
Sully, Thomas  Search this
Lester, C. Edwards (Charles Edwards)  Search this
Topic:
Painters  Search this
Portrait painters  Search this
Sculptors  Search this
Artists and patrons  Search this
Art patrons  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Miniature painters  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7073
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209206
AAA_collcode_eatochar
Theme:
American Art and Artists in a Global Context
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209206

Albert Duveen art reference files, [ca. 1831-1950]

Creator:
Duveen, Albert, 1892-1965  Search this
Subject:
Allston, Washington  Search this
Eilshemius, Louis M. (Louis Michel)  Search this
Henry, Edward Lamson  Search this
Strong, William J.  Search this
Peale, Rembrandt  Search this
Alexander, Francis  Search this
Birch, Thomas  Search this
Remington, Frederic  Search this
Prior, William Matthew  Search this
Cole, Thomas  Search this
Smibert, John  Search this
Hicks, Thomas  Search this
Cropsey, Jasper Francis  Search this
Sharples, James  Search this
Robins, Louisa Winslow  Search this
Blauvelt, Charles F.  Search this
Despiau, Charles  Search this
Chabor, Moura  Search this
Maurer, Louis  Search this
Organ, Donald  Search this
Malbone, Edward Greene  Search this
Peale, James  Search this
Lefferts, M. F.  Search this
Duncanson, Robert S.  Search this
Gillman, Paul  Search this
Sawitzky, William  Search this
Polk, Charles Peale  Search this
Rothermel, Peter Frederick  Search this
Rosenthal, Albert  Search this
Whitney, Anne  Search this
Shulman, Morris M.  Search this
Inness, George  Search this
Maurer, Alfred Henry  Search this
Elliott, Charles Loring  Search this
Weir, Julian Alden  Search this
Lane, Fitz Hugh  Search this
Philippoteaux, Felix Emmanuel Henri  Search this
Eakins, Thomas  Search this
Vanderlyn, Pieter  Search this
Perry, E. W. (Enoch Wood)  Search this
Sully, Thomas  Search this
Bartlett, W. H. (William Henry)  Search this
Field, Robert  Search this
Homer, Winslow  Search this
Carter, Dennis Malone  Search this
Catlin, George  Search this
Harvey, George W.  Search this
Saint-Mémin, Charles Balthazar Julien Fevret de  Search this
Moeller, Louis  Search this
Luks, George Benjamin  Search this
Chambers, Thomas  Search this
Jarvis, John Wesley  Search this
Hall, George Henry  Search this
Spencer, Frederick R.  Search this
Browere, A. D. O. (Alburtis Dell Orient),  Search this
Branchard, Emile Pierre  Search this
Walkowitz, Abraham  Search this
Johnston, Henrietta  Search this
Brown, John George  Search this
West, Benjamin  Search this
Penn, William  Search this
Weinberg, Elbert  Search this
Cassatt, Mary  Search this
Harding, Chester  Search this
Washington, George  Search this
Tirrell, G.  Search this
Porter, Rufus  Search this
Soutine, Chaim  Search this
Eichholtz, Jacob  Search this
Trumbull, John  Search this
Stewart, Albert T. (Albert Theodore)  Search this
Neagle, John  Search this
Serres, D.  Search this
Leigh, William Robinson  Search this
Durrie, George Henry  Search this
Gelb, Jan  Search this
Duveneck, Frank  Search this
Healy, G. P. A. (George Peter Alexander)  Search this
Cope, George  Search this
Chagall, Marc  Search this
Otis, Bass  Search this
Sullivan, Charles  Search this
Schussele, Christian  Search this
Drew-Bear, Jessie  Search this
Cézanne, Paul  Search this
Blakelock, Ralph Albert  Search this
Waldo, Samuel  Search this
Lincoln, Abraham  Search this
Blume, Peter  Search this
Welch, Thomas B.  Search this
Inman, Henry  Search this
Peale, Charles Willson  Search this
Dibble, Thomas R. (Thomas Reilly),  Search this
Ranney, William Tylee  Search this
Stuart, Gilbert  Search this
Miller, Alfred Jacob  Search this
Hudson, Samuel Adams  Search this
Gullager, Christian  Search this
Kayn, Hilde B.  Search this
Hesselius, John  Search this
Gargallo, Pablo  Search this
Wertmuller, Adolph Ulric  Search this
Ganso, Emil  Search this
Street, Robert  Search this
Copley, John Singleton  Search this
Huntington, Daniel  Search this
Soudeikine, Serge  Search this
Pach, Walter  Search this
Morse, Samuel Finley Breese  Search this
Charlot, Jean  Search this
Crawford, Ralston  Search this
Ben-Zion  Search this
Quirt, Walter  Search this
Von Schlegell, Gustav William  Search this
Savage, Edward  Search this
Buddington, Jonathan  Search this
Donati, Enrico  Search this
Doughty, Thomas  Search this
Lawson, Ernest  Search this
Wood, Thomas Waterman  Search this
Rossiter, Thomas Prichard  Search this
Johnston, John Bernard  Search this
Detre, Roland  Search this
Wiltz, Arnold  Search this
Hicks, Edward  Search this
Russell, Charles M. (Charles Marion)  Search this
Schattenstein, Nikol  Search this
Winner, William E.  Search this
Buttersworth, James Edward  Search this
Pope, T. B. (Thomas Benjamin)  Search this
Davies, Arthur B. (Arthur Bowen)  Search this
Harnett, William Michael  Search this
Durand, Asher Brown  Search this
Hays, William Jacob  Search this
Wood, S.  Search this
Tait, Arthur Fitzwilliam  Search this
Constable, John  Search this
Duyckinck, Evert A. (Evert Augustus)  Search this
Kelekian, Dikran  Search this
Vanderlyn, John  Search this
Blackburn, Joseph  Search this
Roesen, Severin  Search this
Johnson, Eastman  Search this
Doriani, William  Search this
Centurion (Firm)  Search this
Holland House Corporation of the Netherlands  Search this
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7076
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209209
AAA_collcode_duvealbe2
Theme:
The Art Market
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209209

Thomas Seir Cummings correspondence and printed material [microfilm], 1826-1893

Creator:
Cummings, Thomas Seir, 1804-1894  Search this
Subject:
Edmonds, Francis William  Search this
Gignoux, Régis François  Search this
Durand, Asher Brown  Search this
Inman, Jane  Search this
Bierstadt, Albert  Search this
Durand, John  Search this
Elliott, Charles Loring  Search this
Perry, E. W. (Enoch Wood)  Search this
Sully, Thomas  Search this
Chapman, J. G. (John Gadsby)  Search this
Inman, Henry  Search this
Huntington, Daniel  Search this
Lang, Louis  Search this
Morse, Samuel Finley Breese  Search this
National Academy of Design (U.S.)  Search this
Topic:
Genre painters  Search this
Landscape painters  Search this
Portrait painters  Search this
Miniature painters  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7565
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209725
AAA_collcode_cummthom
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209725

Saul Zalesch collection of artists' letters and documents, 1834-1973

Creator:
Zalesch, Saul E. (Saul Erich)  Search this
Subject:
Williams, Gluyas  Search this
Teal, William P.  Search this
Opper, Frederick Burr  Search this
Sully, Thomas  Search this
Foster, Ben  Search this
Church, Frederick S. (Frederick Stuart)  Search this
Martin, Homer Dodge  Search this
Bellows, George  Search this
Weir, Julian Alden  Search this
Betts, Louis  Search this
Merry, C. M.  Search this
La Farge, John  Search this
Indiana, Robert  Search this
Duveneck, Frank  Search this
Bearden, Romare  Search this
Lippold, Richard  Search this
Redfield, Edward Willis  Search this
Sargent, John Singer  Search this
Hassam, Childe  Search this
Champney, James Wells  Search this
Pennell, Joseph  Search this
Fenollosa, Ernest Francisco  Search this
Bishop, Isabel  Search this
Doughty, Thomas  Search this
Story, Franklin H.  Search this
Lage, William Potter  Search this
Rogers, John  Search this
Story, William Wetmore  Search this
Vedder, Elihu  Search this
Church, Frederic Edwin  Search this
Henri, Robert  Search this
Duveneck, Josephine W. (Josephine Whitney),  Search this
Millet, Francis Davis  Search this
Lichtenstein, Roy  Search this
Gardner, Isabella Stewart  Search this
Stankiewicz, Richard  Search this
Gropper, William  Search this
Benton, Thomas Hart  Search this
Baldridge, C. LeRoy  Search this
Brooklyn Art Association  Search this
Society of American Artists  Search this
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Painters  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8850
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211035
AAA_collcode_zalesaul
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211035

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