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Author/Artist Mitchell, Lucy B., 1901-1988.
Title Lucy B. Mitchell Research Files on James Sanford Ellsworth, 1952-1987.
Description 1.3 linear ft. (3 boxes)
Arrangement The files are organized in three series: Series I: Data Sheets, circa 1952-1987; Series II: Correspondence and Notes, 1952-1954; and Series III: Printed Material, 1953-1981.
Location Call Number Vol./Copy Status Information
 Frick Archives  MS.037    AVAILABLE BY APPT
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Summary The collection documents Lucy B. Mitchell's research on portraits painted by James Sanford Ellsworth. The Research Files span the years 1952-1987, with the bulk of the collection dating from 1952-1954. The collection contains portrait data sheets, typed and handwritten correspondence, handwritten notes by Mitchell, and newspaper and magazine clippings about Ellsworth. The bulk of the collection is formed by Series I: Data Sheets, which contains approximately 315 data sheets documenting each portrait painted by Ellsworth. Each data sheet contains information, when known, about the physical description of the work, probable date and place of creation, provenance of the painting, and the sitter's genealogy; the majority include a black and white photograph stapled to the corner. Series II: Correspondence and Notes contains research on specific portraits painted by Ellsworth, including information on provenance and the sitter's genealogy, general research on elements of his paintings, and biographical information about Ellsworth. Series III: Printed Material includes Mitchell's publications and clippings re the 1953 Ellsworth exhibition at the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum and Mitchell's donation of Ellsworth paintings to the Museum.
Biographical/historical note Lucy B. Mitchell (1901-1988), of Longmeadow, Mass., was an expert on the American folk miniature artist, James Sanford Ellsworth, as well as a collector of his works. Mitchell curated exhibitions on Ellsworth's miniatures at the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum (Springfield, Mass.) in 1953 and at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Collection (Williamsburg, Va.) in 1974. She authored works in conjunction with both exhibitions, as well as several periodical articles on the artist. Mitchell donated 36 Ellsworth paintings to the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum in 1957.
James Sanford Ellsworth (1802-1874), an itinerant American folk artist from Connecticut, was best known for his watercolor miniature portraits, painted from 1834 to 1855. Ellsworth's stylistic trademarks include clouds or aureole surrounding the sitter, who are often pictured in profile, seated on whimsical chairs.
Cite as Lucy B. Mitchell Research Files on James Sanford Ellsworth. The Frick Collection/Frick Art Reference Library Archives.
Source of acquisition Gift of Lucy B. Mitchell, 1953. Mitchell continued to send additions to the collection until 1987.
Related collections Lucy B. Mitchell correspondence, 1952-1987 in Frick Art Reference Library Central Correspondence. The Frick Collection/Frick Art Reference Library Archives.
James Sanford Ellsworth Artist File, 1920-2000. Frick Art Reference Library.
Finding aids Available online and in repository.
LC subject Ellsworth, James Sanford, approximately 1802-approximately 1874.
Miniature painting, American.
Portrait miniatures -- 19th century.
Portrait painters -- United States.
Portraits, American.
Primitivism in art -- United States -- Exhibitions.
Profile portraits, American.
United States -- Genealogy.
Genre/Form Clippings (information artifacts)
Research notes.
WorldCat no. 793519784

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