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Vose Galleries of Boston records, circa 1876, 1890s-1996, bulk 1920s-1930s

Creator:
Vose Galleries of Boston  Search this
Subject:
Norton, William E. (William Edward)  Search this
Ladd, Anna Coleman Watts  Search this
Thayer, Abbott Handerson  Search this
Vose, Robert Churchill  Search this
Vose, Robert C. (Robert Churchill)  Search this
Sargent, John Singer  Search this
Hassam, Childe  Search this
Hoffman, Malvina  Search this
Jonniaux, Alfred  Search this
M. Knoedler & Co.  Search this
Robert C. Vose Galleries  Search this
Milch Galleries.  Search this
Arthur U. Newton Galleries  Search this
Ehrich Galleries (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Howard Young Galleries (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Macbeth Gallery  Search this
Norton Gallery and School of Art  Search this
R.C. & N.M. Vose (Firm)  Search this
Jill Newhouse (Gallery)  Search this
Centennial Exhibition (1876 : Philadelphia, Pa.)  Search this
Type:
Manuscript
Video recordings
Topic:
Picture frames and framing  Search this
Artists  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Art galleries, Commercial  Search this
Picture frame industry  Search this
Art dealers  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9272
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211467
AAA_collcode_vosegall
Theme:
The Art Market
Art Gallery Records
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211467
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A closer look : frames / Nicholas Penny

Title:
Frames
Author:
Penny, Nicholas 1949-  Search this
National Gallery (Great Britain)  Search this
Physical description:
96 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2010
Topic:
Picture frames and framing--History  Search this
Picture frames and framing  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_968507

Ready-to-use old-fashioned frames and borders / edited by Carol Belanger Grafton

Author:
Grafton, Carol Belanger  Search this
Physical description:
32 leaves : illustrations ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1987
Topic:
Picture frames and framing  Search this
Commercial art  Search this
Call number:
NK3630.4.B67 R43 1987
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1108325

Kyō hyōgu no susume / Usami Naohachi kanshū

Title:
京表具のすすめ / 宇佐美直八監修
Author:
Usami, Naohachi 1926-2012  Search this
Physical description:
95 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Japan
Date:
1991
Topic:
Picture frames and framing--Technique  Search this
Painting, Japanese--Conservation and restoration  Search this
Call number:
N8851.J3 Y33 1982
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1116069

Carrig-Rohane Shop records, 1903-1962

Creator:
Carrig-Rohane Shop (Boston, Mass.)  Search this
Subject:
Murphy, Hermann Dudley  Search this
Vose, Robert Churchill  Search this
Thulin, Walfred  Search this
Type:
Works of art
Photographs
Topic:
Picture frames and framing  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Picture frame industry  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7204
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209341
AAA_collcode_carrshop
Theme:
Art Materials, Techniques, and Studio Art Education
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209341
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Hermann Dudley Murphy papers, circa 1878-1982

Creator:
Murphy, Hermann Dudley, 1867-1945  Search this
Subject:
Tarbell, Edmund Charles  Search this
Prendergast, Maurice Brazil  Search this
Trowbridge, Alexander Buell  Search this
Abbott, Mary Ogden  Search this
Ryder, Chauncey F.  Search this
Sizer, Theodore  Search this
Barrie, Erwin S.  Search this
Vose Galleries of Boston  Search this
Type:
Sketches
Sketchbooks
Scrapbooks
Photographs
Prints
Topic:
Picture frames and framing  Search this
Mexico  Search this
Painters  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7311
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209464
AAA_collcode_murpherm
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209464
Additional Online Media:

Foster Brothers records, 1875-1973, bulk, 1893-1942

Creator:
Foster Brothers (Boston, Mass.)  Search this
Subject:
Foster, John Roy  Search this
Osborne, Helen Foster  Search this
Richter, C. F.  Search this
Osborne, S. W. (Shattuck W.)  Search this
Foster, Stephen Bartlett  Search this
Type:
Scrapbooks
Works of art
Photographs
Drawings
Stencils
Topic:
Picture frame industry  Search this
Art  Search this
Picture frames and framing  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8122
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210293
AAA_collcode_fostbrot
Theme:
Art Materials, Techniques, and Studio Art Education
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210293
Additional Online Media:

Max Kuehne papers, 1908-2001

Creator:
Kuehne, Max, 1880-1968  Search this
Topic:
Picture frames and framing  Search this
Furniture designers  Search this
Painters  Search this
Furniture making  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)5967
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)227905
AAA_collcode_kuehmaxp
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_227905

Vose Galleries of Boston records

Creator:
Vose Galleries of Boston  Search this
Names:
Arthur U. Newton Galleries  Search this
Centennial Exhibition (1876 : Philadelphia, Pa.)  Search this
Ehrich Galleries (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Howard Young Galleries (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Jill Newhouse (Gallery)  Search this
M. Knoedler & Co.  Search this
Macbeth Gallery  Search this
Milch Galleries  Search this
Norton Gallery and School of Art  Search this
R.C. & N.M. Vose (Firm)  Search this
Robert C. Vose Galleries  Search this
Hassam, Childe, 1859-1935  Search this
Hoffman, Malvina, 1887-1966  Search this
Jonniaux, Alfred, b. 1882  Search this
Ladd, Anna Coleman, 1878-1939  Search this
Norton, William E., 1843-1916  Search this
Sargent, John Singer, 1856-1925  Search this
Thayer, Abbott Handerson, 1849-1921  Search this
Vose, Robert C. (Robert Churchill), 1911-1998  Search this
Vose, Robert Churchill, 1873-  Search this
Extent:
25.6 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Video recordings
Manuscript
Date:
circa 1876
1890s-1996
bulk 1920-1940
Summary:
The records of Vose Galleries of Boston measure 25.6 linear feet and date from circa 1876, 1890s-1996 with the bulk of materials dating from 1920s-1930s. Nearly 90 percent of the collection documents the gallery's handling of American paintings and portraits through incoming and outgoing business correspondence with artists, clients, galleries, and museums, including considerable correspondence with portrait artist Alfred Jonniaux and clients regarding commissioned portraits. Other materials include client files; artists' biographies; records of sales, consignments, framing, restoration, and banking, mostly from the 1940s-1960s; and scattered exhibition catalogs, newspaper clippings, and postcards. Also found is a handwritten manuscript regarding the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia, PA and a 1991 videotape about the Vose Galleries and its founding family.
Scope and Contents note:
The records of Vose Galleries of Boston measure 25.6 linear feet and date from circa 1876, 1890s-1996 with the bulk of materials dating from 1920s-1930s. Nearly 90 percent of the collection documents the gallery's handling of American paintings and portraits through incoming and outgoing business correspondence with artists, clients, galleries, and museums, including considerable correspondence with portrait artist Alfred Jonniaux and clients regarding commissioned portraits. Other materials include client files; artists' biographies; records of sales, consignments, framing, restoration, and banking, mostly from the 1940s-1960s; and scattered exhibition catalogs, newspaper clippings, and postcards. Also found is a handwritten manuscript regarding the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia, PA and a 1991 videotape about the Vose Galleries and its founding family.

Correspondence of note is with artists Childe Hassam, Malvina Hoffman, Alfred Jonniaux, and John Singer Sargent; galleries Ehrich Galleries, Clapp & Graham Co., M. Knoedler & Co., Macbeth Galleries, Milch Galleries, Newhouse Galleries, Arthur U. Newton Galleries, Norton Galleries, and Howard Young Galleries; the estates of Anna Coleman Ladd and William E. Norton; and the family of Abbott H. Thayer.

Researchers should note that the records do not comprehensively span the gallery's history or operations. The bulk of the collection is correspondence from Robert C. Vose's era running the Robert C. Vose Galleries in the 1920s-1930s and, lesser so, under Robert C. Vose, Jr.'s direction in the 1970s. There is little material in the collection which dates before the 1910s or the 1950s-1960s, other than correspondence regarding Alfred Jonniaux and some financial records. There is a handful of correspondence which covers the period of R.C. & N.M. Vose Gallery. Records loaned for microfilming should be consulted for materials outside of the bulk dates of this collection, especially for materials from the late 1800s-early 1900s.
Arrangement note:
The collection is arranged as 5 series:

Series 1: Correspondence, 1895-1996 (Boxes 1-23; 22.6 linear feet)

Series 2: Customer Files, 1912-1946 (Boxes 23-24; 0.8 linear feet)

Series 3: Art-Related Files, circa 1876, 1890s-1947 (Box 24; 7 folders)

Series 4: Financial Records, 1911-1962, 1991 (Boxes 24-25; 1.8 linear feet)

Series 5: Printed Materials, circa 1904-1990 (Boxes 25-26; 0.4 linear feet)
Biographical/Historical note:
Vose Galleries is a long time family run art gallery based in the Boston, Mass. area.

In 1841, Joseph Vose purchased Westminster Art Gallery, a small Providence, Rhode Island art gallery founded by Ransom Hicks. At the age of 19 in 1850, Joseph's son Seth Morton Vose joined the gallery and five years later became director. The gallery's primary business until the late 1860s was frame making, gilding and art supplies. Seth Morton Vose had a passion for art, especially the French painters of the Barbizon School and he slowly began buying and exhibiting artwork. By 1882, the gallery regularly exhibited in Boston.

Seth's son Robert C. Vose joined the business in 1896, and managed the gallery's Boston office from 1897. Robert broadened the gallery's horizons by showing his fine stock of Barbizon, Dutch, English and American artists throughout America, while his younger brother, Nathaniel, and his cousin, Charles Thompson, handled the Boston gallery. During the next sixty-seven years, Robert C. Vose moved the gallery into a position of national prominence.

In 1924, Nathaniel left the gallery and established his own gallery in Providence. The Boston gallery's name changed to Robert C. Vose Galleries, and around the same time, took over the Carrig-Rohane framing company. In 1931-1932, Robert's three sons, Robert C. Vose, Jr., Seth Morton Vose II, and Herbert Vose, joined the firm. The gallery continued to show exhibitions in Boston, and the sons took turns joining their father on the road. The gallery's name was changed to Vose Galleries of Boston, Inc. in 1952. In 1963, Vose Galleries moved to their current location at 238 Newbury Street in Boston. Robert C. Vose passed away in 1964.

Robert C. Vose, Jr.'s sons, Abbot W. Vose and Robert C. Vose III, joined the gallery in 1968 and 1970, respectively. Robert C. Vose, Jr. passed away in 1998. The Vose Galleries of Boston continues to operate at Newbury Street under the direction of the sixth generation of the Vose family.
Related Archival Materials note:
The Archives of American Art holds several separately cataloged collections related to Vose Galleries of Boston, including the Carrig-Rohane Shop records (1903-1962); oral history interviews with Seth Morton Vose (July 24, 1986 - April 28, 1987) and Robert C. Vose, Jr. (June 27 - July 23, 1986); a sound recording and videotape of a Robert C. Vose, Jr. lecture at the Somerset Club (May 14, 1987); a sound recording of an interview with Robert C. Vose (March 1961); the Miscellaneous Art Exhibition Catalog collection containing Vose Galleries exhibition catalogs, circa 1900-1941; and, Robert C. Vose, Jr. typescripts and clippings, 1961, on microfilm reels 3480 and 4314.
Separated Materials note:
The Archives of American Art also holds material lent for microfilming.

Reel B1 contains a scrapbook compiled by Seth Vose and annotated by Robert Vose that contains clippings, 1886-1900, and an 1889 letter from author and critic Alfred Trumble; and a scrapbook compiled and annotated by Robert C. Vose spanning the years 1920-1940, 1897, and 1905, containing clippings and handwritten lists.

Reel 2380 includes numerous photographs, circa 1890-1964, of Seth Morton Vose, Robert C. Vose, Sr., artists, collectors, and dealers associated with Vose Galleries; a Macbeth Gallery "smoker" in honor of Emil Carlsen; a drawing of Charles Emil Heil by George F. Wing, and a charcoal drawing after Monticelli by Albion Harris Bicknell. Many of the photographs are annotated by Robert C. Vose.

Reels 3936-3940 are comprised of account books, 1871-1887; a journal, 1889-1903, a ledger, 1889-1901; invoice books, 1896-circa 1954, inventories of paintings and drawings in stock, 1884, 1892 and 1906; exhibition records, 1911-1982?; traveling exhibition records, 1915-1949; and a record of paintings sold, 1876-1894. Written permission is required to access these reels.

Reels 4593-4594 contain clippings, undated and 1891-1989, chiefly about purchases, sales and exhibitions, but also pertaining to art dealers, museums, artists, and art events.

Reel 4909 contains a scrapbook of clippings, announcements, programs, and other printed materials, 1882-1993.

Lent materials were returned to the lender and are not described in the collection container inventory.
Provenance:
From 1965-1994, Vose Galleries of Boston loaned materials to the Archives of American Art for microfilming. Robert C. Vose, Jr. also donated records in several installments from 1974 to 1997.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Vose Galleries of Boston records 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 -- United States -- Photographs  Search this
Picture frame industry -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Picture frames and framing  Search this
Art galleries, Commercial -- Rhode Island -- Providence  Search this
Art galleries, Commercial -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Art, Modern -- 19th century -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Art dealers -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Genre/Form:
Video recordings
Manuscript
Citation:
Vose Galleries of Boston records, circa 1876, 1890s-1996, bulk 1920s-1930s. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.vosegall
See more items in:
Vose Galleries of Boston records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-vosegall

Gakusō no nihonga : kanshō gaido = Framed Japanese-style paintings / henshū, shippitsu Shida Yasuhiro

Title:
額装の日本画 : 鑑賞ガイド = Framed Japanese-style paintings / 編集・執筆志田康宏
Framed Japanese-style paintings
Author:
Shida, Yasuhiro  Search this
Tochigi Kenritsu Bijutsukan  Search this
JAC Project  Search this
Subject:
Tochigi Kenritsu Bijutsukan  Search this
Physical description:
14 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Japan
Date:
2017
20th century
Topic:
Painting, Japanese  Search this
Picture frames and framing--History  Search this
Call number:
ND1055 .G358 2017
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1114696

Winslow Homer, Scarborough, Maine letter to M. Knoedler and Co., New York, N.Y.

Creator:
Homer, Winslow, 1836-1910  Search this
M. Knoedler & Co.  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
1900 November 12
Topic:
Picture frames and framing  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)16416
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Winslow Homer letters to M. Knoedler & Company, 1900-1904
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_16416
Additional Online Media:

The Art of the frame : an exhibition focusing on American frames of the arts and crafts movement, 1870-1920, October 26-November 28, 1988 / organized by Eli Wilner ; introduction and essays by Suzanne Smeaton

Author:
Smeaton, Suzanne  Search this
Wilner, Eli  Search this
Eli Wilner & Co  Search this
Physical description:
32 p. : ill. ; 21 x 25 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
1988
C1988
Topic:
Arts and crafts movement  Search this
Picture frames and framing  Search this
Call number:
N8550 .S63 1988
N8551.U6 A78 1988
N8550.S63 1988
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_363016

Painting Her First Picture

Publisher:
Keystone View Company, Meadville, Pa.; St. Louis, Mo.  Search this
Photographer:
B. L. Singley  Search this
Extent:
1 Stereograph (color)
Container:
Box 5
Type:
Archival materials
Stereographs
General:
Historic Image #: 9441
Collection Restrictions:
Access to original images by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Collection Rights:
Archives of American Gardens encourages the use of its archival materials for non-commercial, educational and personal use under the fair use provision of U.S. copyright law. Use or copyright restrictions may exist. It is incumbent upon the researcher to ascertain copyright status and assume responsibility for usage. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by Archives of American Gardens.
Topic:
Children  Search this
Girls  Search this
Interior views  Search this
Portrait painting  Search this
Picture frames and framing  Search this
palettes  Search this
artists' brushes  Search this
Flowers  Search this
Vases  Search this
Flowerpots  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, Historic Gardens Stereograph Collection.
Identifier:
AAG.STR, Item STR070018
See more items in:
Historic gardens Stereograph collection
Historic gardens Stereograph collection / General / Staged Vignettes
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-str-ref3493

Foster Brothers records

Creator:
Foster Brothers (Boston, Mass.)  Search this
Names:
Foster, John Roy, 1863-1931  Search this
Foster, Stephen Bartlett, 1856-1932  Search this
Osborne, Helen Foster  Search this
Osborne, S. W.  Search this
Richter, C. F.  Search this
Extent:
13 Linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Stencils
Photographs
Drawings
Scrapbooks
Date:
1875-1973
bulk 1893-1942
Summary:
The records of Boston picture frame company Foster Brothers measure 13 linear feet and date from 1875-1973 with the bulk of the material falling between 1893 and 1942. Correspondence, stock records, financial records, writings, miscellaneous business records, printed material, scrapbooks, and photographs document the history of this company that operated a factory, retail store, and wholesale and mail order businesses between 1893 and 1942. A small number of family papers are included, with items pre-dating and post-dating the business.
Scope and Content Note:
The records of the Boston picture frame company Foster Brothers measure 13 linear feet and date from 1875 to 1973 with the bulk of the material falling between 1893 and 1942. Correspondence, stock records, financial records, writings, miscellaneous business records, printed material, scrapbooks, and photographs document the history of the picture frame company that operated a factory, retail store, and wholesale and mail order businesses between 1893 and 1942. A small number of family papers are included, including items from periods when Foster Brothers was not in business. Scattered throughout the collection are small slips of papers with explanatory notes and background information supplied by the donor, Helen Foster Osborne.

Correspondence mostly concerns routine business with suppliers, distributors, and wholesale and retail customers and is relatively sparse for 1897-1941. Foster Brothers' last year in business, 1942, is well documented and includes letters from S. W. Osborne (Margaret Foster's husband) written while traveling to meet with wholesale clients in cities throughout the Northeast and Midwest.

Stock records include stock cards, inventory records and price lists. Also found are a large number of paper stencils that were used to transfer carving designs to frames, and extensive drawings of frames and moldings including finished, colored drawings by master craftsman C. F. Richter.

Financial records consist mainly of routine accounting records, but also include annual financial reports, orders, and sales records. Among the writings and lists are an unsigned article concerning Foster Brothers' craftsmen and their early use of machinery. Notes include material for a history of mirrors by Helen J. Foster, and "The Art of Framing" by John R. Foster.

The majority of printed material relates to advertising and consists of catalogs and brochures about frames, mirrors, and published reproductions. Eight volumes of scrapbooks also contain printed material consisting of advertising, brochures and catalogs, form letters, and reproductions of miniatures and silhouettes published by Foster Brothers.

Family papers consist of a small number of personal papers of the founders, John Roy and Stephen Bartlett Foster, and also of Helen Foster Osborne (John's daughter). They include Foster Oborne's 1973 reminiscence of having her portrait painted by William Paxton in 1923, John R. Foster's personal account book and Foster Osborne's correspondence with Ernest Donnelley concerning the sale of printing plates and dies from the miniature reproduction business.

Photographs are of founders John Roy and Stephen Bartlett Foster, some of their employees, and early pictures of the first Foster Brothers frame factory on Cambridge Street.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 9 series:

Series 1: Correspondence, 1897-1942 (Box 1; 1.0 linear feet)

Series 2: Stock Records, 1905-1942 (Boxes 2-6, 11, OVs 23-24, BVs 13-15; 6.2 linear feet)

Series 3: Financial Records, 1892-1959 (Boxes 7-9; BVs 16-19; 3.3 linear feet)

Series 4: Writings and Lists, 1920s-circa 1942 (Box 9; 0.25 linear feet)

Series 5: Miscellaneous Business Records, 1898-1939 (Box 10; 7 folders)

Series 6: Printed Material, 1893-1947 (Box 10, OV 25; 0.25 linear feet)

Series 7: Scrapbooks, 1906-1942 (Boxes 10, 12, BVs 20-22; 1.3 linear feet)

Series 8: Family Papers, 1875-1973 (Box 10; 6 folders

Series 9: Photographs, circa 1880s-1918 (Box 10; 5 folders)
Biographical/Historical note:
Established by Stephen Bartlett Foster (1856-1932) and John Roy Foster (1863-1931), Foster Brothers opened in 1893 at 164 Boylston Street, Boston. By 1896, Foster Brothers had moved to 3 Park Square, just around the corner from its first location. Eventually, the business relocated to 4 Park Square, where it stayed for the remainder of its existence. The original Foster Brothers factory was housed in the old Parkman's Market building on Cambridge Street in Boston. In 1918, the Fosters built a new factory in Arlington, the suburb in which the brothers lived.

Foster Brothers was known for high quality frames that featured expert carving and gilding by fine craftsmen, consistent with the esthetic and philosophy of the Arts and Crafts movement of the time. Their frames that incorporated elements of early Dutch frames especially appealed to Boston School artists such as Edmund Tarbell and William MacGregor Paxton. Custom orders were welcomed from museums, galleries, collectors, and artists. In the 1890s, Foster Brothers operated a small gallery that featured watercolors and sketches by local artists; sporadic exhibitions continued throughout the 1930s. Early business cards and advertisements indicate that the company sold "wedding presents, etchings, engravings, water colors and picture frames." Among its best selling merchandise were mirrors in a wide variety of styles. As early as 1898, Foster Brothers began to copyright and publish reproductions of paintings, drawings, silhouettes, and miniatures. These were framed in sets and sold by Foster Brothers in its retail shop and by mail order; in addition, they were distributed through department stores, furniture stores, gift shops, and interior decorators.

John Roy Foster was in charge of promotion and merchandising, designing the retail line, and managing the company's wholesale and mail order businesses. Stephen Bartlett Foster managed the factory and oversaw all aspects of the manufacturing. Helen J. Foster, John's daughter, studied art at Smith College and by the late 1920s was a successful manager and saleswoman in the retail store. The Depression brought a sharp decline in sales. After the deaths of John and Stephen Foster, Helen and her husband, Shattuck Osborne, owned and managed Foster Brothers for another decade. Although the business closed in 1942, Foster Brothers frames continue to command high prices and are highly prized and sought after today.
Provenance:
Helen Foster Osborne, daughter of John R. Foster, donated the Foster Brothers records to the Archives in four installments between 1973 and 1976.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Use requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Foster Brothers records 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:
Picture frames and framing  Search this
Art -- Economic aspects  Search this
Picture frame industry -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Works of art  Search this
Genre/Form:
Stencils
Photographs
Drawings
Scrapbooks
Citation:
Foster Brothers records, 1875-1973 (bulk 1893-1942). Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.fostbrot
See more items in:
Foster Brothers records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-fostbrot

Hermann Dudley Murphy papers

Creator:
Murphy, Hermann Dudley, 1867-1945  Search this
Names:
Vose Galleries of Boston  Search this
Abbott, Mary Ogden, 1894-1981  Search this
Barrie, Erwin S., 1886-1983  Search this
Prendergast, Maurice Brazil, 1858-1924  Search this
Ryder, Chauncey F., 1868-1949  Search this
Sizer, Theodore, 1892-1967  Search this
Tarbell, Edmund Charles, 1862-1938  Search this
Trowbridge, Alexander Buell, 1868-1950  Search this
Extent:
2.8 Linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Prints
Sketches
Sketchbooks
Place:
Mexico -- description and travel
Date:
circa 1878-1982
Summary:
The papers of painter and frame maker Hermann Dudley Murphy measure 2.8 linear feet and date from circa 1878-1982. Found are biographical materials, correspondence, writings, personal business records, printed materials, a scrapbook, photographs, and original artworks, including sketchbooks.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of painter and frame maker Hermann Dudley Murphy measure 2.8 linear feet and date from circa 1878-1982. Found are biographical materials, correspondence, writings, personal business records, printed materials, a scrapbook, photographs, and original artworks, including sketchbooks.

The bulk of the papers focus on the later part of Herman Dudley Murphy's career. Specifically, correspondence focuses on the sale of still-life paintings and sketches and sketchbooks are mostly from Murphy's travels through Europe and Mexico from the 1920s to the 1930s. Correspondents include Mary Ogden Abbott, Edwin S. Barrie, Maurice Prendergast, Chauncey Ryder, Theodore Sizer, Edmund Tarbell, Alexander Trowbridge, and Vose Gallery among others. Personal business records comment on the sale of works of art from 1897 until 1944. Printed materials include clippings and exhibition catalogs spanning Murphy's career. One scrapbook contains photos and printed materials. Photographs and snapshots are of Hermann Dudley Murphey and family, family travels, and works of art and frames. Artwork consists of loose sketches, prints, and sketchbooks.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged as 8 series.

Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1887-circa 1940 (Box 1; 7 folders)

Series 2: Correspondence, circa 1890-1962 (Box 1; 0.3 linear feet)

Series 3: Writings and Notes, circa 1900-1942 (Box 1; 7 folders)

Series 4: Personal Business and Financial Records, 1897-1944 (Box 1; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 5: Printed Material, 1889-1982 (Box 1-2; 0.9 linear feet)

Series 6: Scrapbook, circa 1910 (Box 2; 1 folder)

Series 7: Photographs, circa 1878-circa 1950 (Box 2; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 8: Artwork, 1892-circa 1940 (Box 2-4; 0.8 linear feet)
Biographical / Historical:
Hermann Dudley Murphy (1867-1945) was a painter and frame maker active in Boston, Massachusetts.

Hermann Dudley Murphy was born in Massachusetts in 1867. He studied art under Edmund Tarbell at the Boston Museum School and later in Paris at the Académie Julian. His early career focused on portraiture and landscape painting. While in Paris, Murphy learned to make frames for artworks. After exhibiting at the 1913 Armory Show, Murphy rejected Modernism and painted still-life. He was known for his Tonalist style and his floral still-life paintings which included objects d'art such as Chinese ceramics, bronze statues, and textiles. Additionally, Murphy taught art classes at the Harvard School of Architecture and the Worcester Art Museum School.

Murphy married Caroline Bowles Murphy with whom he had two children, Carlene and Dudley Murphy. After Caroline died, he married artist Nellie Littlehale. With Nellie, he shared an interest in deck-seat canoeing. Murphy died in 1945.
Provenance:
The collection was donated in 1985 by Alexander B. and Dudley D. B. Samoiloff, grandsons of Hermann Dudley Murphy.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Hermann Dudley Murphy 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:
Painters  Search this
Picture frames and framing -- Massachusetts  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Prints
Sketches
Sketchbooks
Citation:
Hermann Dudley Murphy papers, circa 1878-1982. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.murpherm
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Hermann Dudley Murphy papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-murpherm

Carrig-Rohane Shop records

Creator:
Carrig-Rohane Shop  Search this
Names:
Carrig-Rohane Shop (Boston, Mass.)  Search this
Thulin-Murphy (Firm : Boston, Mass.)  Search this
Vose Galleries of Boston  Search this
Murphy, Hermann Dudley, 1867-1945  Search this
Thulin, Walfred, 1878-1949  Search this
Vose, Robert Churchill, 1873-  Search this
Extent:
6.7 Linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Date:
1903-1962
Summary:
The Carrig-Rohane Shop records measure 6.7 linear feet and date from 1903 to 1962. The records document the founding of the Boston company, frame design and production, and the financial transactions of the shop. The numerous framing records, such as pattern and specification order books, are particularly valuable for researching and matching custom frames with specific works of art of the late 19th and early 20th century. The frame patterns are also useful for researchers interested in the history of frame design.
Scope and Content Note:
The Carrig-Rohane Shop records date from 1903 to 1962, and measure 6.7 linear feet. The records document the founding of the company, frame design and production, and the financial transactions of the shop. Series 2: Frame Orders and Specifications is particulary valuable for researching the frames used for late 19th and early 20th century American works of art. The frame patterns can be cross-referenced with the orders to obtain visual documentation of the frame desing used with a specific work of art. The frame patterns are also useful for researchers interested in the history of frame design.

The records of the Carrig-Rohane Shop also include financial and business records, printed material, sketches of frames, and photographs of sketches and sculptures.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into seven series:

Series 1: Frame Patterns, circa 1903-1962 (boxes 1-2, 1 linear ft.)

Series 2: Frame Orders and Specifications, 1904-1962 (boxes 2-5, 3 linear ft.)

Series 3: Financial Records, 1908-1939, undated (boxes 5-7, 1.9 linear ft.)

Series 4: Business Records, 1903-1955, undated (box 7, 11, 0.6 linear ft.)

Series 5: Printed Material, 1906 (box 7, 0.1 linear ft.)

Series 6: Works of Art, 1931, 1936, undated (boxes 7, OV 10, 0.1 linear ft.)

Series 7: Photographs, undated (box 7, 0.1 linear ft.)
Historical Note:
In 1903 Herman Dudley Murphy, Walfred Thulin and Charles Prendergast began making frames and in 1906 H.D. Murphy opened "The Frame Shop of Herman Dudley Murphy" on Clarendon Street in Boston.

According to the meeting minutes, on June 13, 1911, the frame shop incorporated under the name "The Thulin-Murphy Co." with Walfred Thulin as the President. The shop name was then changed to "Carrig-Rohane" on February 5, 1914, and on October 23, 1915, the shop came under the management of Robert Churchill Vose, Sr. and Nathaniel Morton Vose.

The corporation was eventually dissolved on March 29, 1939, and the framing operations moved to the Vose Galleries' premises.
Provenance:
The Carrig-Rohane Shop records were donated by Robert Churchill Vose, Jr., Duxbury, Massachusetts, April 4, 1974, January 13, 1975, April 5, 1984, February 1, 1986, and March 17, 1987.

Funding for the processing and microfilming of this collection was provided by a grant from the Eli Wilner & Company, Inc., New York, New York.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Patrons must use microfilm copy.
Rights:
The Carrig-Rohane Shop records 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:
Works of art  Search this
Picture frames and framing  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Picture frame industry -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
Carrig-Rohane Shop records, 1903-1962. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.carrshop
See more items in:
Carrig-Rohane Shop records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-carrshop

Designs for English picture frames : a loan exhibition / catalogue compiled by Pippa Mason ; with an introduction by Gervase Jackson-Stops

Author:
Mason, Pippa  Search this
Jackson-Stops, Gervase  Search this
Morton Morris and Company  Search this
Physical description:
68 unnumbered pages : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1987
Topic:
Picture frames and framing  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1099473

Adair on frames / compiled from Picture Framing Magazine

Author:
Adair, William  Search this
Physical description:
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations, facsimiles ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2002
Topic:
Picture frames and framing--Design and construction  Search this
Picture frames and framing--Technique  Search this
Picture frames and framing--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1064118

Record of Charles Lang Freer's purchase of a Chinese stone animal from Yamanaka & Company, New York. June 1919

Creator:
Freer, Charles Lang 1856-1919  Search this
Yamanaka, Sadajiro  Search this
Yamanaka & Company  Search this
Subject:
Smithsonian Institution  Search this
Physical description:
Six sheets
Type:
Vouchers
Place:
New York (N.Y.)
Date:
1919
June 1919
Topic:
Antiquities  Search this
Art, Chinese  Search this
Art, Japanese  Search this
Picture frames and framing  Search this
Sculpture  Search this
Local number:
FSA A.01 06.5.2.1919.06.2
Restrictions & Rights:
Access is by appointment only, Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please contact the Archives to make an appointment: AVRreference@si.edu
See more items in:
Charles Lang Freer Papers, Purchase Records
Charles Lang Freer Papers 1856-1919
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_381287
Additional Online Media:

Zhongguo shu hua zhuang biao cai liao, zhou tou yan jiu / Hou Yan, Xu Jianhua, Li Xiaolou zhu

Title:
中国书画装裱材料·轴头研究 / 侯雁, 徐建华, 李筱楼著
Zhou tou yan jiu
轴头研究
Author:
Hou, Yan  Search this
Xu, Jianhua  Search this
Li, Xiaolou  Search this
Physical description:
167 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
China
Date:
2014
Topic:
Picture frames and framing  Search this
Pictures--Trimming, mounting, etc  Search this
Painting, Chinese--Conservation and restoration  Search this
Calligraphy, Chinese--Conservation and restoration  Search this
Call number:
N8551.C6 H68 2014
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1053104

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