Agnes Pelton papers, 1885-1989

Pelton, Agnes, b. 1881 d. 1961
Active in Cathedral City, Calif.

Collection size: 1.8 linear feet

Collection Summary: The papers of painter Agnes Pelton measure 1.8 linear feet and date from 1885-1989. Found within the papers are biographical materials; business and personal correspondence, many addressed to Jane Levington Comfort; writings; printed material; 3 mixed media scrapbooks; artwork, including loose sketches and 9 sketchbooks; and photographs of Pelton, her family and friends, and her work.

Biographical/Historical Note: Painter Agnes Pelton (1881-1961) lived and worked in Long Island, New York and Cathedral City, California and is known for her desert landscapes, portraits, and abstract paintings.

The Agnes Pelton papers were assembled by Cornelia and Irving Sussman for a biography of Agnes Pelton. They were donated to the Archives by gallery director Jan Rindfleisch on behalf of the Sussmans, in 1984. In 1997, circa 162 letters from Agnes Pelton to Jane Levington Comfort, that are now part of this collection, were bequeathed to Cornelia and Irving Sussman by Jane Levington Comfort through Joan Crisci, the executor of Comforts estate, and donated to the Archives.

Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

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