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Author/Artist Hart, Charles Henry, 1847-1918.
Title Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century British Artists Collection, 1756-1838.
Description 0.25 linear feet (1 box)
Arrangement Arranged alphabetically by the creator of the document.
Location Call Number Vol./Copy Status Information
 Frick Archives  MS.027    AVAILABLE BY APPT
 Frick Book Stacks  204 Au82 +    AVAILABLE
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Summary Collection of material from eighteenth and nineteenth century British artists most likely compiled by Charles Henry Hart. The collection contains 30 manuscript letters and 29 other documents, including engraved portraits, invitations, receipts, and printed material. Material was previously titled "Autographs and Letters of British Artists from the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries." Most of the letters are written to either Joseph Nollekens (1737-1823) or to Ozias Humphry (1742-1810). Many of the correspondents were students or professors at the Royal Academy, Associates of the Royal Academy, or Royal Academicians. Collection includes several letters concerning the acceptance of artists to the Royal Academy as well as autographed admission tickets to Royal Academy exhibitions and lectures. The correspondence includes mentions of artwork commissions, descriptions of artwork and artists, impressions of art in Venice, and letters of recommendation for artists. Other topics include acceptances and regrets to invitations, travel, health, finances, and politics. The collection contains nine engravings, five of which are portraits, as well as several pencil and ink drawings. Bound photocopy also available.
Biographical/historical note Charles Henry Hart (1847-1918), lawyer, author and art authority, was born in Philadelphia. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1869, and practiced law until 1894. Hart served as the director of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts from 1882 to 1902 and in 1893 chaired the committee on retrospective American art for the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. After suffering injuries in a railway accident in 1894, Hart turned his full attention to art scholarship. He was an authority on historical portraiture and author of numerous publications on the subject. The collection is believed to have been part of a larger gift of material donated to the Frick Art Reference Library by Charles Henry Hart's wife, Anita, in 1926. It is assumed that Charles Henry Hart assembled the correspondence and other material.
Cite as Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century British Artists Collection. The Frick Collection/Frick Art Reference Library Archives.
Source of acquisition Collection believed to be part of a larger gift of material from Anita Hart (wife of Charles Henry Hart), 1926.
Related collections Additional unprocessed Charles Henry Hart material. The Frick Collection/Frick Art Reference Library Archives.
Charles Henry Hart Autograph Collection, 1731-1912. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian.
Finding aids Available online and in repository.
LC subject Alefounder, John, -1795.
Arminger, William, 1752-1793.
Baillie, William, 1723-1810.
Bone, Henry Pierce, 1779-1855.
Bromley, William, 1769-1842.
Brown, Mather, 1761-1831.
Other subject Caulfield, J.
LC subject Clint, George, 1770-1854.
Cooper, Abraham, 1787-1868.
Douce, Francis, 1757-1834.
Edwards, Edward, 1738-1806.
Fittler, James, 1758-1835.
Gahagan, Lawrence, active 1756-1820.
Grignon, Thomas, -1821.
Hamilton, Gavin, 1723-1798.
Harlow, George Henry, 1787-1819.
Hastings, Francis Rawdon-Hastings, Marquess of, 1754-1826.
Hearne, Thomas, 1744-1817.
Heath, James, 1757-1834.
Hoare, Prince, 1755-1834.
Humphry, Ozias, 1742-1810.
Ireland, John, -1808.
Ireland, W. H. (William Henry), 1777-1835.
Kitchiner, William, 1775?-1827.
Legat, Francis, 1755-1809.
Newton, Francis Milner, 1720-1794.
Nollekens, Joseph, 1737-1823.
Nulty, Matthew, -1778.
Paine, James, 1717?-1789.
Porter, Robert Ker, Sir, 1777-1842.
Other subject Richards, John.
LC subject Smith, John Thomas, 1766-1833.
Steevens, George, 1736-1800.
Tatham, Frederick, 1805-1878.
Turner, J. M. W. (Joseph Mallord William), 1775-1851.
Westmacott, Richard, Sir.
Woodforde, Samuel, 1763-1817.
Royal Academy of Arts (Great Britain)
Art, British -- 18th century.
Art, British -- 19th century.
Artists -- Great Britain -- Correspondence.
WorldCat no. 793546929

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