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Corporate author Peter H. Davidson & Co., Inc.
Title Peter H. Davidson & Co., Inc. Weir Records, 1957-1991 (bulk 1980-1989).
Description 4 linear feet (8 boxes).
Arrangement The collection is arranged in three series: Series I: Weir Family, 1957-1991; Series II: Weir Farm, 1978-1991; and Series III: Weir Foundation, 1982-1986.
Location Call Number Vol./Copy Status Information
 Frick Archives  MS.003    AVAILABLE BY APPT
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Summary Correspondence, photographs, provenance records, inventories, appraisals, financial documents and estate records document Peter Davidson's association with the daughter and grandchildren of artist J. Alden Weir. Davidson handled family art collections, acted as an advisor on Weir Farm preservation efforts, and helped to establish a foundation to promote Weir's work. The bulk of the records (Weir Family, 1957-1991) detail the appraisal, restoration, documentation, exhibition and sale of artworks owned by the Weir family, works primarily by J. Alden Weir, his daughter Dorothy Weir Young, and her husband Mahonri M. Young.
Other artists represented in the family collections are Robert W. Weir, John Ferguson Weir, John Henry Twachtman, Childe Hassam, Winslow Homer, Theodore Robinson, and Frank Duveneck. Includes over 400 primarily black and white photographs of works of art, the majority by J. Alden Weir. Correspondence with Brigham Young University (1979-1989) concerns efforts of the Weir family to reacquire works sold to BYU in 1959. Also contains photo inventories of Dorothy Weir Young's work, and research files and photographs for a proposed catalogue raisonné of Mahonri M. Young's works.
Weir Farm records (1978-1991) contain correspondence, meeting minutes, maps, reports, and newspaper and magazine articles documenting efforts to designate J. Alden Weir's Branchville, Connecticut home and studio a national park. Includes one folder of correspondence (1978-1988) from Doris and Andrew Sperry, Weir Farm artists-in-residence. Weir Foundation records (1982-1986) consist of one folder of correspondence.
Biographical/historical note Peter H. Davidson began his career at the art gallery M. Knoedler & Company in 1960, and succeeded his father William F. Davidson as Head of the American Department in 1968. In 1969, Davidson joined Wildenstein & Company as Head of the American Department. He left Wildenstein in 1971 to form his own art gallery, Peter H. Davidson & Co., Inc., which dealt primarily with American art from all periods.
Julian Alden Weir (1852-1919), American Impressionist painter, was born and raised in Westpoint, N.Y. He studied at the National Academy of Design and the √ącole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Weir adopted the Impressionist style in 1891, painting landscapes and figurative works--mostly of his Connecticut farms--throughout the rest of his career.
Cite as Peter H. Davidson & Co., Inc. Weir Records. The Frick Collection/Frick Art Reference Library Archives.
Source of acquisition Gift of Peter H. Davidson, 1993.
Related collections Peter H. Davidson & Co., Inc. Records, The Frick Collection/Frick Art Reference Library Archives.
Finding aids Available in repository.
Other subject Davidson, Peter H.
LC subject Duveneck, Frank, 1848-1919.
Hassam, Childe, 1859-1935.
Robinson, Theodore, 1852-1896.
Sperry, A. F. (Andrew F.), 1839-1911.
Other subject Sperry, Doris.
LC subject Twachtman, John Henry, 1853-1902.
Weir, John F. (John Ferguson), 1841-1926.
Weir, Julian Alden, 1852-1919.
Weir, Robert Walter, 1803-1889.
Weir, Dorothy, 1890-1947.
Young, Mahonri Mackintosh, 1877-1957.
Weir family.
Brigham Young University.
Other subject Weir Foundation.
LC subject Art galleries, Commercial -- New York (State) -- New York.
Artists -- Connecticut.
Impressionism (Art) -- Connecticut.
Sculpture, American -- 20th century.
Women artists -- United States.
Weir Farm National Historic Site (Conn.)
Genre/Form Appraisals.
Other author Davidson, Peter H.
WorldCat no. 605926713

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