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Author/Artist Pleasants, J. Hall (Jacob Hall), 1873-1957.
Title J. Hall Pleasants Research Files, 1924-1959.
Description 5 linear feet (10 boxes, oversize material).
Arrangement The collection is arranged in three series: Series I: Correspondence, Series II: Research Notes, and Series III: Lists.
Location Call Number Vol./Copy Status Information
 Frick Archives  MS.012    AVAILABLE BY APPT
Access restrictions These records are open for research by appointment under the conditions of The Frick Collection/Frick Art Reference Library Archives Access Policy. For all inquiries or to schedule an appointment, please contact the Archives Department at
Summary Documents Dr. J. Hall Pleasants' research on early Maryland paintings. The Research Files contain his correspondence to Frick Art Reference Library staff and the detailed research notes he shared with them. The bulk of the collection concerns paintings that were photographed by the Frick Art Reference Library for inclusion in its Photoarchive. Research notes may include biographies of portrait subjects, provenance information, descriptions of the paintings, sources of attributions, genealogical charts, and information on reproductions and exhibitions. Correspondence from Dr. Pleasants also contains information on his other art research on John and Gustavus Hesselius, Saint Mémin, Justus Engelhardt Kühn, and Joshua Johnson [Johnston], and details of the Library's photographing expeditions in Maryland.
Biographical/historical note Dr. J. Hall Pleasants (1873-1957), an authority on early Maryland painters and their works, first became associated with the Frick Art Reference Library in 1924. Dr. Pleasants' involvement in organizing and participating in Frick Art Reference Library photographing expeditions in Maryland led to a mutual exchange of research and photographs with the Library that lasted 33 years. Dr. Pleasants' other areas of research included genealogy, history, and Maryland silver.
Cite as J. Hall Pleasants Research Files. The Frick Collection/Frick Art Reference Library Archives.
Related collections Frick Art Reference Library Central Correspondence - Maryland Historical Society files. The Frick Collection/Frick Art Reference Library Archives.
Katharine McCook Knox Files. The Frick Collection/Frick Art Reference Library Archives.
J. Hall Pleasants Papers, Maryland Historical Society.
Finding aids Available online and in repository.
LC subject Hesselius, Gustavus, 1682-1755.
Johnson, Joshua, active 1796-1824.
Pleasants, J. Hall (Jacob Hall), 1873-1957.
Frick Art Reference Library.
Art -- Private collections -- Maryland.
Art -- Provenance -- Research.
Artists -- Maryland.
Maryland -- Genealogy.
Portrait painters.
Portraits, American.
Genre/Form Correspondence.
Research notes.
WorldCat no. 608552613

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