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'UC Painter and 'Piracy' from the San Francisco Chronicle

Creator:
Frankenstein, Alfred Victor, 1906-1981  Search this
Type:
Printed Materials
Date:
1963 Aug. 30
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)7178
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Erle Loran papers, 1912-1999
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_7178

Alfred Victor Frankenstein, San Francisco, Calif. letter to Lawrence Arthur Fleischman, Detroit, Mich.

Creator:
Frankenstein, Alfred Victor, 1906-1981  Search this
Fleischman, Lawrence Arthur, 1925-1997  Search this
Subject:
Harnett, William Michael  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
1960 Apr. 18
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)8935
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Lawrence and Barbara Fleischman papers, 1837-1984, bulk 1935-1979
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_8935

Oral history interview with Alfred Victor Frankenstein, 1978-1979

Interviewee:
Frankenstein, Alfred Victor, 1906-1981  Search this
Interviewer:
Karlstrom, Paul J., 1941-  Search this
Topic:
Sound recordings  Search this
Interviews  Search this
Art critics  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Art historians  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11736
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212681
AAA_collcode_franke78
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212681

Oral history interview with Alfred Victor Frankenstein, 1965 Nov. 9

Interviewee:
Frankenstein, Alfred Victor, 1906-1981  Search this
Interviewer:
McChesney, Mary Fuller, 1922-  Search this
Subject:
Bufano, Beniamino  Search this
Federal Art Project (Calif.)  Search this
Index of American Design  Search this
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Topic:
Art and state  Search this
Art historians  Search this
Sound recordings  Search this
Interviews  Search this
Mural painting and decoration  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Coit Memorial Tower (San Francisco, Calif.)  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12564
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213455
AAA_collcode_franke65
Theme:
New Deal
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_213455

Alfred Victor Frankenstein papers, 1875-1985

Creator:
Frankenstein, Alfred Victor, 1906-1981  Search this
Subject:
Decker, Joseph  Search this
Mount, William Sidney  Search this
Macdonald-Wright, Stanton  Search this
Peto, John Frederick  Search this
Haberle, John  Search this
Copley, John Singleton  Search this
Harnett, William Michael  Search this
Murdock, Roland P.  Search this
Ives, Charles  Search this
Jenkins, Paul  Search this
National Gallery of Art (U.S.)  Search this
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
California Palace of the Legion of Honor  Search this
American Arts Alliance  Search this
San Francisco Chronicle (Firm)  Search this
Topic:
Art criticism  Search this
Art historians  Search this
Sound recordings  Search this
Sketches  Search this
Art  Search this
Scrapbooks  Search this
Interviews  Search this
Photographs  Search this
Art critics  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10066
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212928
AAA_collcode_franalfr
Theme:
Art Theory and Historiography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_212928
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John Frederick Peto and Peto family papers, circa 1850-1983

Creator:
Peto, John Frederick, 1854-1907  Search this
Subject:
Smiley, Helen Peto  Search this
Peto, John Frederick  Search this
Harnett, William Michael  Search this
Frankenstein, Alfred Victor  Search this
Topic:
Painters  Search this
Trompe l'oeil painting  Search this
Photographs  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11165
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)249574
AAA_collcode_petojohn
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_249574
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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
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209609
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Mark Green papers, 1954-1991, bulk 1954-1978

Creator:
Green, Mark, 1932-  Search this
Subject:
Rigney, Francis J. (Francis Joseph),  Search this
Stauber, Jerome  Search this
Berman, Shirley  Search this
Kaufman, Bob  Search this
Kessler, Chester  Search this
Frankenstein, Alfred Victor  Search this
Hull, Leonard  Search this
Johnson, Robert E. (Robert Emory)  Search this
Kerouac, Jack  Search this
DeFeo, Jay  Search this
Eisenlord, William J.  Search this
Ginsberg, Allen  Search this
Albright, Thomas  Search this
Taylor, Edward Silverstone  Search this
Whalen, Philip  Search this
Berman, Wallace  Search this
Mitchell, J. Oliver  Search this
Ferlinghetti, Lawrence  Search this
Rauschenberg, Robert  Search this
Rennie, Helen J.  Search this
Coppola, Francis Ford  Search this
Nanny Goat Hill Gallery (San Francisco, Calif.)  Search this
Topic:
Bohemianism  Search this
Photographers  Search this
Photography  Search this
Poets  Search this
Photographs  Search this
Journalists  Search this
Writings  Search this
Beat generation  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8984
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211171
AAA_collcode_greemark
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Photography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211171
Additional Online Media:

John Frederick Peto and Peto family papers

Creator:
Peto, John Frederick, 1854-1907  Search this
Names:
Frankenstein, Alfred Victor, 1906-  Search this
Harnett, William Michael, 1848-1892  Search this
Smiley, Helen Peto  Search this
Extent:
2.1 Linear Feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Date:
1850-1983
Summary:
The papers of still life artist John Frederick Peto and his family date from circa 1850 to 1983 and measure 2.1 linear feet. Within the papers are scattered biographical materials, a few letters to and from Peto, and his daughter Helen Peto Smiley's correspondence with galleries, scholars, and others concerning Peto's artwork. Also found are news clippings, exhibition catalogs, and other printed material, photographs and glass plate negatives of Peto, his family, and his artwork, and one small oil sketch fragment. Much of the collection documents the mid-twentieth century renewed interest in Peto's artwork.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of still life artist John Frederick Peto and his family date from circa 1850 to 1983 and measure 2.1 linear feet. Within the papers are scattered biographical materials, including his marriage certificate, a memorial poem written by Samuel Callan, Helen Peto Smiley's notes about her father's artwork, and other brief writings about Peto and trompe-l'oeil painting. Correspondence includes a few letters to and from Peto, his daughter Helen Peto Smiley's correspondence with galleries, scholars, such as art critic Alfred Frankenstein, and others concerning Peto's artwork, and miscellaneous correspondence. Printed material consists of news clippings about Peto, his family, and fellow artist William Harnett, exhibition catalogs, reproductions of artwork, and other items. Photographs and glass plate negatives depict Peto in his studio, with family, and with Harnett, as well as his family, his home and studio in Island Heights, New Jersey, and his artwork. Also found is one small fragment of an oil sketch, unsigned and undated.

Much of the collection, including Helen Peto's notes and correspondence, the printed material, and photographs of artwork document the mid-twentieth century renewed interest in Peto's artwork.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into 5 series:

Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1870s-1983 (Box 1, OV 5; 9 folders)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1862-1983 (Box 1; 4 folders)

Series 3: Printed Material, 1880-1983 (Box 1, OV 5; 11 folders)

Series 4: Photographs, circa 1850-1980 (Box 2-7, OV 5; 1.3 linear feet)

Series 5: Artwork, circa late 1800s (Box 4; 1 folder)
Biographical Note:
John Frederick Peto (1854-1907) was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Thomas Hope Peto and Catherine Peto. He was raised by his mother's family, the Hamms, and lived with them until his marriage. Little is known about his early life; he was listed as a painter in the Philadelphia City Directory in 1876 and was enrolled in the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1878. During this time he also became friends with fellow artist William Harnett and was greatly influenced by Harnett's trompe l'oeil still life paintings. During the 1880s Peto maintained a studio and exhibited several works at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts annual exhibition. Like Harnett, he painted trompe l'oeil still life paintings, most notably, rack-looking structures or shelves that depicted a variety of items, many of them autobiographical. Peto also lived briefly in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he met Christine Pearl Smith, and they were married in 1889. He received very little recognition for his paintings in Philadelphia, and in 1889 he and his wife moved to Island Heights, New Jersey so that he could make money playing the cornet at religious revivals held there. In 1893 they had a daughter Helen. Though he lost interest in the professional art world and fell into obscurity, Peto continued painting and sold many works to the local drug store and business people, until his death in 1907.

Recognition of Peto's contribution to the trompe l'oeil genre didn't occur until over forty years after his death. During research on the paintings of William Harnett, art critic Alfred Frankenstein discovered that numerous paintings thought to be painted by Harnett had forged signatures and were actually painted by Peto. Frankenstein published an article in the Art Bulletin in 1949 about his discoveries that renewed interest in the work of Peto and the trompe l'oeil genre.
Provenance:
The collection was donated in 2004 by Gregory Bejarano, John Frederick Peto's great-grandson.
Restrictions:
The collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website. Glass plate negatives are housed separately and closed to researchers.
Rights:
The John Frederick Peto and Peto family 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.
Topic:
Trompe l'oeil painting  Search this
Painters -- New Jersey  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
John Frederick Peto and Peto family papers, circa 1850-1983. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.petojohn
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John Frederick Peto and Peto family papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-petojohn
Additional Online Media:

E.P. (Edgar Preston) and Constance Richardson papers, 1814-1996, bulk 1921-1996

Creator:
Richardson, Edgar Preston, 1902-1985  Search this
Subject:
Watkins, Franklin Chenault  Search this
McDermott, John Francis  Search this
Speck, Walter  Search this
Heil, Walter  Search this
Flexner, James Thomas  Search this
Bostick, William A.  Search this
Boyd, Julian P. (Julian Parks),  Search this
Vose, Robert C. (Robert Churchill)  Search this
Garrison, Eve Josephson  Search this
Jungwirth, Irene G. (Irene Gayas),  Search this
Mast, Gerald  Search this
Richardson, Constance Coleman  Search this
Wedda, John  Search this
Aram, Siegfried F.  Search this
Copeland, Lammot du Pont  Search this
Rockefeller, Nelson A. (Nelson Aldrich)  Search this
Freeman, Michael W.  Search this
Castano, Giovanni  Search this
Peale, Charles Willson  Search this
Lewis, W. S. (Wilmarth Sheldon),  Search this
Lee-Smith, Hughie  Search this
Bishop, Isabel  Search this
Soria, Regina  Search this
Simpson, Corelli C. W.  Search this
Fredericks, Marshall M.  Search this
Oliver, Andrew  Search this
Hardy, Jeremiah Pearson  Search this
Rutledge, Anna Wells  Search this
Andrews, Wayne  Search this
Groce, George C.  Search this
Peale fam, Peale family  Search this
Lynes, Russell  Search this
Wyeth, Andrew  Search this
Frankenstein, Alfred Victor  Search this
Allen, Joseph  Search this
Marsh, Reginald  Search this
Rockefeller, John D.  Search this
Cohn, Harold  Search this
Bouché, Louis George  Search this
Allston, Washington  Search this
Sellers, Charles Coleman  Search this
Sheeler, Charles  Search this
Stevens, William B.  Search this
O'Keeffe, Georgia  Search this
Morse, John D.  Search this
Kuniyoshi, Yasuo  Search this
Woolfenden, William E. (William Edward)  Search this
Hopper, Edward  Search this
Culver, Charles B.  Search this
Middeldorf, Ulrich Alexander  Search this
Spark, Victor D. (Victor David)  Search this
Moser, Liselotte  Search this
Pleasants, J. Hall (Jacob Hall),  Search this
Simper, Fred  Search this
Krentzin, Earl  Search this
Fleischman, Lawrence Arthur  Search this
Ripley, S. Dillon (Sidney Dillon),  Search this
Valentiner, Wilhelm Reinhold  Search this
Detroit Institute of Arts  Search this
Historical Society of Pennsylvania  Search this
Philadelphia Museum of Art  Search this
National Collection of Fine Arts (U.S.)  Search this
Archives of American Art  Search this
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts  Search this
Castano Galleries (Boston, Mass.)  Search this
Macbeth Gallery  Search this
Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum  Search this
National Portrait Gallery (Smithsonian Institution)  Search this
United States.Department of Agriculture  Search this
Topic:
Diaries  Search this
Manuscripts  Search this
Art historians  Search this
Sketches  Search this
Lectures  Search this
Transcripts  Search this
Art  Search this
Authors  Search this
Romanticism in art  Search this
Painting, American  Search this
Interviews  Search this
Photographs  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10104
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212990
AAA_collcode_richedga
Theme:
Diaries
Art Theory and Historiography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_212990
Additional Online Media:

William Harnett sketches, 1870

Creator:
Harnett, William Michael, 1848-1892  Search this
Subject:
Frankenstein, Alfred Victor  Search this
Topic:
Painters  Search this
Sketches  Search this
Sketchbooks  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7662
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209825
AAA_collcode_harnwill
Theme:
Sketches & Sketchbooks
Audio - Visual
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209825

Perfume Bottle, (painting)

Painter:
Harnett, William Michael 1848-1892  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Type:
Paintings
Date:
Nov. 1874
Topic:
Still Life  Search this
Control number:
IAP 84130009
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_222212

Bohemian Lunch, (painting)

Painter:
Harnett, William Michael 1848-1892  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Type:
Paintings
Topic:
Still Life--Foodstuff  Search this
Control number:
IAP 84130010
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_222213

Still Life, (painting)

Painter:
Harnett, William Michael 1848-1892  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Type:
Paintings
Topic:
Still Life--Fruit  Search this
Control number:
IAP 84130011
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_222214

After Lunch II, (painting)

Painter:
Harnett, William Michael 1848-1892  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Type:
Paintings
Topic:
Still Life--Fruit  Search this
Control number:
IAP 84130013
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_222216

After Lunch III, (painting)

Painter:
Harnett, William Michael 1848-1892  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Type:
Paintings
Topic:
Still Life--Fruit  Search this
Control number:
IAP 84130014
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_222217

Jake's Second Solace, (painting)

Painter:
Harnett, William Michael 1848-1892  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Type:
Paintings
Topic:
Still Life  Search this
Control number:
IAP 84130016
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_222219

Man's Table, (painting)

Painter:
Harnett, William Michael 1848-1892  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Type:
Paintings
Topic:
Still Life  Search this
Control number:
IAP 84130017
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_222220

Staats-Zeitung & Pretzel, (painting)

Painter:
Harnett, William Michael 1848-1892  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Type:
Paintings
Topic:
Still Life--Foodstuff--Pretzel  Search this
Control number:
IAP 84130020
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_222223

Two Ounces, (painting)

Painter:
Harnett, William Michael 1848-1892  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Unlocated
Topic:
Still Life  Search this
Control number:
IAP 84130021
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_222224

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