Cecilia Beaux papers, 1863-1968

Beaux, Cecilia, b. 1855 d. 1942
Painter, Art teacher, Portrait painter
Active in Philadelphia, Pa.

The papers of Cecilia Beaux in the Archives of American Art were digitized in 2007. The papers have been scanned in their entirety, and total 6,022 images.

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


Collection size: 3.3 linfear ft.

Collection Summary: Papers document her education, career and personal life through family and professional correspondence, twelve diaries, lectures, essays, poems, notes, clippings, catalogs, pamphlets, exhibition records, business records, photographs, certificates, diplomas, and artifacts.

Biographical/Historical Note: Cecilia Beaux (1855-1942) was a painter and art instructor from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Studied in Europe and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where she later taught.

Material on reels N/68-48-N/68-49 was lent for microfilming by Harrison Cultra 1968. Papers were donated 1970-1971 by Catherine Drinker Bowen, Beaux's niece and by Cultra. The sketchbook on reel 3425 was lent for microfilming by art dealer Jeffrey Brown, 1985. Palette donated by Helen Seely Wheelwright, whose former husband, Paul Seeley, was an artist and friend of Beaux. Awards and diplomas donated 1995 by Cecilia Saltonstall, a descendent of Beaux. Material and a poster reproduction of Beaux's portrait of Rear-Admiral Sampson advertising an article in Century Magazine, 1899, donated 1991 by Alfred J. Walker, a dealer who organized a Beaux exhibition. He received the material along with art work he exhibited from the estate of Richard Barker, who had received them from Harrison Cultra. Cultra had inherited them from Beaux's neice, Ernesta Drinker Barlow.

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

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Related Materials

The sketchbook that was microfilmed but not digitized is available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan on microfilm reel 3425.
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts holds additional papers related to Cecilia Beaux, particularly personal photographs. Portions of these papers were loaned to the Archives of American Art for microfilming in 1985 and were microfilmed on reel 3658.
The Archives of American Art also holds the Dorothea Gilder papers regarding Cecilia Beaux.