Asher Brown Durand papers, 1812-1883

Durand, Asher Brown, b. 1796 d. 1886
Active in Albany, N.Y.

Collection size: ca. 1000 items (on 4 microfilm reels)

Collection Summary: Letters, diaries, printed matter and miscellany.

Reels N19-N21: General and family correspondence, a few testimonials, broadsides, diary pages, and miscellany. Correspondence relates to Durand's engraving business, painting commissions, tour of Europe in 1840-1841, cholera epidemic in New York, 1831-1832, his presidency of the National Academy of Design, 1848-1862, and family matters. Among the correspondents are Peter Maverick, Michael Pekenino, Carey & Lea, Luman Reed, Thomas Cole, and others.

Reel N25: Three letters to Durand, 1825-1835, one each from Thomas Sully, Thomas Doughty, and George Jones.

Biographical/Historical Note: Painter; Albany, N.Y.

Microfilmed 1956 by the Archives of American Art with other art-related papers in the Manuscript Division of the New York Public Library. Included in the microfilming project were selected papers of the Art Division and the Prints Division.

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