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Corporate author Frick Art Reference Library.
Title Helen Clay Frick Research Files on Jean Antoine Houdon, 1930-1977.
Description 6.75 linear feet (8 boxes, oversize material).
Arrangement The collection is arranged in nine series: Series I: Typescript Drafts, Series II: Correspondence/Memos, Series III: Works of Houdon, Series IV: Related Works/Artists, Series V: Transcriptions of Houdon Correspondence, Series VI: Miscellaneous Research Notes, Series VII: Printed Material, Series VIII: Research of Isobel Binks (Frick Art Reference Library staff), and Series IX: Research of Clotilde Brière (Frick Art Reference Library staff).
Location Call Number Vol./Copy Status Information
 Frick Archives  FARL.100.20.1    AVAILABLE BY APPT
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Summary Typed and handwritten research notes, correspondence, photographs, printed material, and typescript drafts document the research Helen Clay Frick and the Frick Art Reference Library staff conducted on sculptor Jean Antoine Houdon over the course of nearly fifty years. The records span the years 1930-1977, with the bulk dating from the 1930s-1940s. Of special interest are Miss Frick's unpublished manuscripts on the life and work of Houdon: the approximately 110-page draft of "The Life of Jean Antoine Houdon"; and the "Catalogue of Houdon's Work." Also of note in the collection are photostats and transcriptions of select Houdon correspondence in Series V. Files in Series III: Works of Houdon, and in the same subcategory under Research of Isobel Binks and Clotilde Brière, contain individual files for each subject/title of a Houdon work, as well as those of questionable attribution.
Biographical/historical note Helen Clay Frick (1888-1984), daughter of industrialist and art collector Henry Clay Frick, founded the Frick Art Reference Library in 1920 and served as its director until 1983. Miss Frick published two periodical articles ("Houdon and Rembrandt Peale" in Antiques, July 1934 and "Madame Jean Antoine Houdon" in Art Bulletin, September 1947), wrote an unpublished manuscript on the life of Houdon, and began a catalogue raisonné of Houdon's works, which was never completed. Much of her research on Houdon's work was also incorporated into the information recorded on the Houdon photo mounts in the Library's Photoarchive.
Cite as Helen Clay Frick Research Files on Jean Antoine Houdon. The Frick Collection/Frick Art Reference Library Archives.
Related collections An additional 12.5 linear feet of Helen Clay Frick Research Files on Jean Antoine Houdon are owned by the Helen Clay Frick Foundation and are currently on deposit at The Frick Collection/Frick Art Reference Library Archives.
Finding aids Available online and in repository.
Other subject Binks, Isobel B.
LC subject Brière-Misme, Clotilde.
Frick, Helen Clay, 1888-1984.
Houdon, Jean Antoine, 1741-1828.
Sculptors -- France -- Correspondence.
Sculpture, French.
WorldCat no. 603869016

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