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Portrait of Bessie Potter Vonnoh, Sculptress

Artist:
Robert William Vonnoh, 17 Sep 1858 - 28 Dec 1933  Search this
Sitter:
Bessie Potter Vonnoh, 12 Aug 1872 - 8 Mar 1955  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
76.2 x 61cm (30 x 24")
Type:
Painting
Date:
1907
Topic:
Interior  Search this
Artwork\Sculpture  Search this
Bessie Potter Vonnoh: Female  Search this
Bessie Potter Vonnoh: Visual Arts\Artist\Sculptor  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Object number:
DLR01411
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Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_DLR01411

Charles Emory Smith

Possible attribution:
Robert William Vonnoh, 17 Sep 1858 - 28 Dec 1933  Search this
Sitter:
Charles Emory Smith, 1842 - 1908  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas (?)
Type:
Painting
Date:
1890-1908
Topic:
Costume\Jewelry  Search this
Interior  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair  Search this
Charles Emory Smith: Male  Search this
Charles Emory Smith: Politics and Government\Diplomat  Search this
Charles Emory Smith: Communications\Journalist  Search this
Charles Emory Smith: Politics and Government\Government Official\Postmaster  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: National Postal Museum, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
DC360028
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Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
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edanmdm:npg_DC360028

Man in a Top Hat, Smoking a Cigar

Artist:
Robert William Vonnoh, 17 Sep 1858 - 28 Dec 1933  Search this
Sitter:
Unidentified Man  Search this
Medium:
Pencil and pastel on grey-surfaced paper
Dimensions:
13.1 x 9.6 cm (5 3/16 x 3 3/4" ), Estimate
Type:
Drawing
Date:
late 19th Century
Topic:
Equipment\Smoking Implements\Cigar  Search this
Costume\Headgear\Hat\Top hat  Search this
Unidentified Man: Male  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: National Gallery of Art
Website: www.nga.gov
Object number:
2015.19.857
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Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
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edanmdm:npg_2015.19.857

Cadet (Unidentified Boy)

Artist:
Robert William Vonnoh, 17 Sep 1858 - 28 Dec 1933  Search this
Sitter:
Unidentified Boy  Search this
Medium:
Pencil and white chalk with scratched-out lights on blue scratch board
Dimensions:
18.6 x 11.6 cm (7 5/16 x 4 9/16" ), Estimate
Type:
Drawing
Date:
late 19th Century
Topic:
Costume\Headgear\Hat\Cap  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Bench  Search this
Costume\Footwear\Boots  Search this
Unidentified Boy: Male  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: National Gallery of Art
Website: www.nga.gov
Object number:
2015.19.858
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Catalog of American Portraits
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Catalog of American Portraits
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_2015.19.858

Standing Man

Artist:
Robert William Vonnoh, 17 Sep 1858 - 28 Dec 1933  Search this
Sitter:
Unidentified Man  Search this
Medium:
Pencil on gray prepared scratch board
Dimensions:
18.8 x 12.4 cm (7 3/8 x 4 7/8" ), Estimate
Type:
Drawing
Date:
1880-1900
Topic:
Costume\Headgear\Hat  Search this
Unidentified Man: Male  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: National Gallery of Art
Website: www.nga.gov
Object number:
2015.19.859
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Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_2015.19.859

John C. Bullitt

Artist:
Robert William Vonnoh, 17 Sep 1858 - 28 Dec 1933  Search this
Sitter:
John C. Bullitt, 1824 - 1902  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Sight: 79.7 x 67.2 cm (31 3/8 x 26 7/16" ), Accurate
Type:
Painting
Date:
1902
Topic:
Interior  Search this
Costume\Jewelry\Chain  Search this
John C. Bullitt: Male  Search this
John C. Bullitt: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Theodore F. Jenkins Memorial Law Library Company
Website: www.jenkinslaw.org
Object number:
PA370013
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Catalog of American Portraits
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Richard C. Dale

Artist:
Robert William Vonnoh, 17 Sep 1858 - 28 Dec 1933  Search this
Sitter:
Richard C. Dale  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Sight: 90.9 x 73.1 cm (35 13/16 x 28 3/4" ), Accurate
Type:
Painting
Date:
1904
Topic:
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair  Search this
Richard C. Dale: Male  Search this
Richard C. Dale: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Theodore F. Jenkins Memorial Law Library Company
Website: www.jenkinslaw.org
Object number:
PA370018
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Catalog of American Portraits
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Catalog of American Portraits
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_PA370018

Samuel Dickson

Artist:
Robert William Vonnoh, 17 Sep 1858 - 28 Dec 1933  Search this
Sitter:
Samuel Dickson, 1837 - 1915  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Sight: 90.6 x 72.6 cm (35 11/16 x 28 9/16" ), Accurate
Type:
Painting
Date:
1902
Topic:
Interior  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Eyeglasses  Search this
Costume\Jewelry\Cufflinks  Search this
Samuel Dickson: Male  Search this
Samuel Dickson: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Theodore F. Jenkins Memorial Law Library Company
Website: www.jenkinslaw.org
Object number:
PA370019
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Catalog of American Portraits
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Catalog of American Portraits
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_PA370019

Robert William Vonnoh

Artist:
Robert William Vonnoh, 17 Sep 1858 - 28 Dec 1933  Search this
Sitter:
Robert William Vonnoh, 17 Sep 1858 - 28 Dec 1933  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
60.6cm x 50.9cm (23 7/8" x 20 1/16"), Accurate
Type:
Painting
Date:
1900
Topic:
Interior  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Eyeglasses  Search this
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Mustache  Search this
Artist's Effects\Palette  Search this
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Beard  Search this
Costume\Smock  Search this
Self-portrait  Search this
Robert William Vonnoh: Visual Arts\Artist  Search this
Robert William Vonnoh: Male  Search this
Robert William Vonnoh: Visual Arts\Artist\Painter  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: National Academy of Design
Website: www.nationalacademy.org/
Object number:
1351-P-678
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Catalog of American Portraits
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Catalog of American Portraits
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Bertha Elizabeth Smith Walker

Artist:
Robert William Vonnoh, 17 Sep 1858 - 28 Dec 1933  Search this
Sitter:
Bertha Elizabeth Smith Walker, 1867 - 1919?  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
104.6cm x 89.2cm (41 3/16" x 35 1/8"), Sight
Type:
Painting
Date:
1902
Topic:
Bertha Elizabeth Smith Walker: Female  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Chicago History Museum
Website: www.chicagohs.org/
Website: www.chicagohistory.org
Object number:
1955.187
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George Mifflin Dallas

Artist:
Robert William Vonnoh, 17 Sep 1858 - 28 Dec 1933  Search this
Copy after:
Unidentified Artist  Search this
Sitter:
George Mifflin Dallas, 10 Jul 1792 - 31 Dec 1864  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
99.8cm x 79.5cm (39 5/16" x 31 5/16"), Sight
Type:
Painting
Date:
1904
Topic:
George Mifflin Dallas: Male  Search this
George Mifflin Dallas: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer  Search this
George Mifflin Dallas: Politics and Government\Vice-President of US  Search this
George Mifflin Dallas: Education\Educator\Lecturer  Search this
George Mifflin Dallas: Politics and Government\US Attorney  Search this
George Mifflin Dallas: Politics and Government\Diplomat\Minister  Search this
George Mifflin Dallas: Politics and Government\State Attorney General\Pennsylvania  Search this
George Mifflin Dallas: Politics and Government\US Senator\Pennsylvania  Search this
George Mifflin Dallas: Politics and Government\Public Official\Mayor\Philadelphia, PA  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: James A. Byrne U.S. Courthouse
Object number:
31 USCH
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William Pepper, Jr.

Artist:
O. H. Perry, 1875 - 1975?  Search this
Copy after:
Robert William Vonnoh, 17 Sep 1858 - 28 Dec 1933  Search this
Sitter:
William Pepper, Jr., 1843 - 1898  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
101.6cm x 81.2cm (40" x 31 15/16"), Estimate
Type:
Painting
Date:
1901?
Topic:
William Pepper, Jr.: Male  Search this
William Pepper, Jr.: Health and Medicine\Physician  Search this
William Pepper, Jr.: Education\Educator  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: University of Pennsylvania
Website: www.upenn.edu/
Object number:
PA330113
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Catalog of American Portraits
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edanmdm:npg_PA330113

Edwin Sydney Stuart

Artist:
Robert William Vonnoh, 17 Sep 1858 - 28 Dec 1933  Search this
Sitter:
Edwin Sydney Stuart, 1853 - 1937  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
76.2cm x 63.5cm (30" x 25"), Sight
Type:
Painting
Date:
1907
Topic:
Edwin Sydney Stuart: Male  Search this
Edwin Sydney Stuart: Politics and Government\Governor\Pennsylvania  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Union League of Philadelphia
Website: www.unionleague.org/
Object number:
PA160144
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Charles Francis Adams

Artist:
Robert William Vonnoh, 17 Sep 1858 - 28 Dec 1933  Search this
Sitter:
Charles Francis Adams, 1835 - 1915  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
74.3cm x 48.6cm (29 1/4" x 19 1/8"), Sight
Type:
Painting
Date:
1900-1910
Topic:
Interior  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair  Search this
Architecture\Window  Search this
Artwork\Portrait  Search this
Charles Francis Adams: Male  Search this
Charles Francis Adams: Humanities and Social Sciences\Historian  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Unidentified Owner
Object number:
1645
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edanmdm:npg_1645

Alexander Phimister Proctor

Artist:
Robert William Vonnoh, 17 Sep 1858 - 28 Dec 1933  Search this
Sitter:
Alexander Phimister Proctor, 1862 - 1950  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas on masonite
Dimensions:
76.2cm x 61.1cm (30" x 24 1/16"), Accurate
Type:
Painting
Date:
1903
Topic:
Interior  Search this
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Mustache  Search this
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Beard  Search this
Tool  Search this
Costume\Smock  Search this
Alexander Phimister Proctor: Male  Search this
Alexander Phimister Proctor: Visual Arts\Artist\Sculptor  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: National Academy of Design
Website: www.nationalacademy.org/
Object number:
1357-P-1800
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Catalog of American Portraits
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La Mere Adele (Cordon Bleu)

Title:
Le Cordon Bleu
Adele
Artist:
Robert William Vonnoh, 17 Sep 1858 - 28 Dec 1933  Search this
Sitter:
Adele, 1850 - 1950?  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
76.2cm x 61cm (30" x 24"), Accurate
Type:
Painting
Place:
France
Date:
c. 1911
Topic:
Adele: Female  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Website: https://www.metmuseum.org/
Object number:
23.109 MMA
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Samuel Johnson Walker

Artist:
Robert William Vonnoh, 17 Sep 1858 - 28 Dec 1933  Search this
Sitter:
Samuel Johnson Walker, 1867 - 1924  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Sight: 104.6 x 89.2cm (41 3/16 x 35 1/8")
Type:
Painting
Date:
1902
Topic:
Samuel Johnson Walker: Male  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Chicago History Museum
Website: www.chicagohs.org/
Website: www.chicagohistory.org
Object number:
1955.186
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Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_1955.186

John William Griggs

Artist:
Robert William Vonnoh, 17 Sep 1858 - 28 Dec 1933  Search this
Sitter:
John William Griggs, 1849 - 1927  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Sight (Accurate): 74.9 x 62.5cm (29 1/2 x 24 5/8")
Type:
Painting
Date:
1901
Topic:
John William Griggs: Male  Search this
John William Griggs: Politics and Government\Cabinet Member\US Attorney General  Search this
John William Griggs: Politics and Government\Governor\New Jersey  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: U.S. Department of Justice
Website: www.usdoj.gov/
Object number:
SSSA6550
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Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_SSSA6550

Vonnoh, Robert William, Photographs of Works of Art

Collection Creator:
Robert Schoelkopf Gallery  Search this
Container:
Box 19, Folder 46
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Use requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Robert Schoelkopf Gallery 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.
Collection Citation:
Robert Schoelkopf Gallery records, 1851-1991, bulk 1962-1991. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Robert Schoelkopf Gallery records / Series 1: Artist Files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-robeschg-ref666

Bessie Potter Vonnoh papers

Creator:
Vonnoh, Bessie Potter, 1872-1955  Search this
Names:
Vonnoh, Robert William, 1858-1933  Search this
Carter, Charles M., 1853-1929  Search this
French, Daniel Chester, 1850-1931  Search this
French, William M. R. (William Merchant Richardson), 1843-1914  Search this
Garland, Hamlin, 1860-1940  Search this
Hughes, Rupert, 1872-1956  Search this
Huntington, Archer M., 1870-1955  Search this
Mead, Larkin G. (Larkin Goldsmith), 1835-1910  Search this
Raffaëlli, Jean François, 1850-1924  Search this
Skinner, Cornelia Otis, 1901-  Search this
Vezin, Charles, 1858-1942  Search this
Extent:
0.8 Linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Date:
circa 1860-1991
bulk 1890-1955
Summary:
The papers of sculptor Bessie Potter Vonnoh measure 0.8 linear feet and date from circa 1860 to 1991, with the bulk of material dating from 1890 to 1955. The scattered papers document the personal life and career of Bessie Potter Vonnoh, and, to a lesser degree, her husband, painter Robert William Vonnoh. Found within the papers are Vonnoh family correspondence, including letters between Bessie and Robert, and professional and personal correspondence, primarily Bessie's. The collection also contains scattered biographical materials, photographs of the Vonnohs, a photograph album, photographs of artwork, clippings, exhibition catalogs, and other printed material.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of sculptor Bessie Potter Vonnoh measure 0.8 linear feet and date from circa 1860 to 1991, with the bulk of material dating from 1890 to 1955. The scattered papers document the personal life and career of Bessie Potter Vonnoh, and, to a lesser degree, her husband, painter Robert William Vonnoh. Found within the papers are Vonnoh family correspondence, including letters between Bessie and Robert, and primarily Bessie's professional and personal correspondence. There is one folder of correspondence of Robert William Vonnoh. Bessie's correspondents include Daniel Chester French, Hamlin Garland, Rupert Hughes, Archer Huntington, Larkin G. Mead, Jean Francois Raffaelli, Cornelia Otis Skinner, and others. Robert's correspondents include Charles M. Carter, Daniel Chester French, William M. R. French, and Charles Vezin. The collection also contains scattered biographical materials, photographs of Bessie Potter Vonnoh and Robert William Vonnoh, a photograph album, photographs of artwork, clippings, exhibition catalogs, and other printed material.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into 4 series:

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1922-1955 (Box 1; 5 folders)

Series 2: Correspondence, circa 1863-1985 (Box 1; 11 folders)

Series 3: Photographs, circa 1860-1950 (Box 1-2; 0.4 linear feet)

Series 4: Printed Material, 1901-1991 (Box 2; 9 folders)
Biographical Note:
Bessie Potter Vonnoh (1872-1955) was born in St. Louis, Missouri to Alexander and Mary McKenney Potter. In 1874, after the death of her father, her family moved to Chicago. Also at this time, she suffered from a series of illnesses that she did not recover from until she was ten. In school she enjoyed clay-modeling class and decided at an early age that she wanted to be a sculptor. Beginning in 1890 she studied with Lorado Taft at the Art Institute of Chicago and later became one of his assistants (known as the "White Rabbits") for the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893. She was also given her own commission for the Illinois building at the fair. After this success, Vonnoh opened her own studio in Chicago and made plaster figurines of society women, friends, and their children. She visited New York and took her first trip to Paris in 1895, visiting the studios of many eminent sculptors such as Auguste Rodin. Her work was influenced by the American Impressionist movement, depicted in one of her most famous works, Young Mother. This piece was exhibited in the National Sculpture Society exhibition of 1898 and led to several public sculpture commissions.

In 1899 Bessie Potter Vonnoh moved to New York City and married Impressionist painter, Robert William Vonnoh (1858-1933). They lived in New York and maintained a summer home in Lyme, Connecticut. During her career she received many awards for her works at international exhibitions, including two bronze medals at the Paris Exposition in 1900. Other landmark events included a solo exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum in 1913 and membership into the National Academy of Design in 1921 - the first female sculptor accepted as a permanent member. Vonnoh's work was very well received by the public, and in the 1920s she began working on a larger scale, creating large fountains, such as the Frances Hodgson Burnett Memorial Fountain in Central Park, New York, and other decorative garden figures. Robert Vonnoh died in 1933 and, in 1948, she married Dr. Edward Keyes. Bessie Potter Vonnoh died in New York City in 1955 at the age of 82.
Provenance:
The collection was donated in 1995 by Lulette Jenness Thompson, a cousin of Bessie Potter Vonnoh.
Restrictions:
The collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website.
Rights:
The Bessie Potter Vonnoh 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:
Artist couples  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Landscape painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Portrait painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Women sculptors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
Bessie Potter Vonnoh papers, circa 1860-1991. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.vonnbess
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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