Charles Henry Hart autograph collection, 1731-1918

Hart, Charles Henry, b. 1847 d. 1918
Art historian, Author
Active in Philadelphia, Pa.

Collection size: 226 items

Collection Summary: The Charles Henry Hart autograph collection dates from 1731-1917 and consists of 226 letters, portrait prints, and other documents signed by American artists.

Biographical/Historical Note: Charles Henry Hart (1847-1918) was a historian, lawyer, writer, and director, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1882-1904. Widely, he published on the subject of 18th and 19th century portraiture in the United States.

The Charles Henry Hart autograph collection was donated to the Archives of American Art in 1954 as an anonymous gift. It is assumed that Hart assembled the letters. Original collation was two letterbooks entitled "The History of Art in America as Tolk in a Remarkable Collection of Autograph Letters and Documents of Celebrated American Artists of the Eighteenth, Nineteenth, and Twentieth Century."

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

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The Archives of American Art also holds the personal papers of Charles Henry Hart, dating from 1774-1930, bulk 1888-1918.