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Author/Artist Park, Lawrence, 1873-1924.
Title Lawrence Park Research Files on Gilbert Stuart, 1904-1925 (bulk 1920-1925).
Description 4 linear feet (8 boxes, 2 note card boxes).
Arrangement The collection is arranged in three series: Series I: Correspondence - Lawrence Park, Series II: Correspondence - William Sawitzky, and Series III: Note cards.
Location Call Number Vol./Copy Status Information
 Frick Archives  MS.007    AVAILABLE BY APPT
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Summary This collection consists primarily of correspondence concerning the history and authentication of paintings by Gilbert Stuart, a prominent early American portraitist. Begun as an independent project by Lawrence Park, the project was completed by William Sawitzky under the auspices of Helen Clay Frick and the Frick Art Reference Library after the death of Mr. Park in September 1924, and resulted in the publication "Gilbert Stuart: an Illustrated Descriptive List of his Works." The collection contains Lawrence Park and William Sawitzky correspondence with the owners of paintings, scholars and descendents of portrait subjects, and note cards arranged by portrait subject detailing information about Stuart's paintings. Items such as notes, correspondence, drawings, and family trees were attached to many of the note cards.
Biographical/historical note Lawrence Park (1873-1924) became interested in family portraits in 1914 while writing a genealogy. In addition to his work on Gilbert Stuart, he also wrote publications regarding portraitists Joseph Badger and Joseph Blackburn. He became an authority on early American painting and was made curator of Colonial Art in the Cleveland Museum in 1919.
Gilbert Charles Stuart (1755-1828) was an American painter from Rhode Island. Considered to be one of the foremost American portraitists, the image from his best known painting of George Washington has appeared on the United States one-dollar bill for over one century. Gilbert Stuart produced portraits of over 1,000 people, including the first six presidents of the United States.
Cite as Lawrence Park Research Files on Gilbert Stuart. The Frick Collection/Frick Art Reference Library Archives.
Related collections Lawrence Park Diary, The Frick Collection/Frick Art Reference Library Archives.
Finding aids Available online and in repository.
LC subject Park, Lawrence, 1873-1924. Gilbert Stuart.
Other subject Sawitzky, William, 1879 or 80-1947.
LC subject Stuart, Gilbert, 1755-1828.
Art -- Provenance -- Research.
Portraits, American.
Genre/Form Correspondence.
Research notes.
WorldCat no. 608549028

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