Ahl family scrapbooks, 1890-1980, bulk, [ca. 1900]-1953

Ahl family
Painter

Collection size: 4 v. (on 1 microfilm reel).

Collection Summary: Included in the Henry Hammond Ahl volume, 1890-1953, are: a membership certificate to the Phi Gamma Mu Honor Society and a business card; correspondence concerning painting assignments; 10 exhibition announcements; 17 drawings and 4 paintings; printed materials; and 42 photographs and prints of Ahl, his studios, his art works, and his house.

The scrapbook, 1901-1953, on Eleanor Curtis Ahl, wife of Henry Hammond Ahl, contains: one undated letter; writings; 6 drawings and 14 paintings; printed materials regarding exhibitions of her work; and two obituaries.

Two scrapbooks on Henry Curtis Ahl, 1916-1980, include: membership cards to New England art societies; letters (mostly photocopies) regarding exhibitions, gifts, and art directory entries; 2 drawings and 6 paintings; exhibition announcements; printed materials; and 3 photographs of the Ahl family house in Dedham, Massachusetts.

Biographical/Historical Note: Family of painters; Massaachusetts, including Henry Hammond Ahl (1869-1953), Eleanor Curtis Ahl (1875-1953), and their son, Henry Curtis Ahl (b. 1905). The most accomplished painter in the Ahl family was Henry Hammond Ahl, who once had a studio at the Corcoran Museum building in Washington, D.C. He was best known for his portraits of politicians and his Massachusetts landscapes. His painting, "In the Shadow of the Cross," drew crowds to its mysteriously appearing cross when it went on tour in 1899 and at the St. Louis Fair of 1904.

Lent for microfilming 1985 by A. Everette James, Jr., a physician and art collector of Nashville, Tenn.

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