Charles Henry Hart autograph collection, 1731-1912

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

Collection size: 2 v. (226 items on 1 microfilm reel)

Format: Letters have been described in seven separate catalog records, six grouped under the name of the person to whom the letters are addressed, and one under the title Miscellaneous Artists Letters, Receipts, and Exhibition Announcements. See under Thomas B. Clarke, Asher B. Durand, John Durand, Charles Henry Hart, Charles Lanman, John Trumbull, and title Miscellaneous Artists Letters, Receipts and Exhibition Announcements.
Prints have also been described in separate catalog records, grouped under the name of the printmaker. See under Thomas Brown, Cephas Grier Childs, Asher Brown Durand, David Edwin, Henry Bryan Hall, James Barton Longacre, George Parker, Rembrandt Peale, George Edward Perine, W.W. Rice, James David Smillie, and one under title, Prints from the Charles Henry Hart autograph collection, for a group by unidentified printmakers.

Collection Summary: 167 letters from painters and sculptors assembled by Charles Henry Hart. Forty-three artists write to Hart, eighteen to Asher Brown Durand, thirteen to Thomas Benedict Clarke, nine to John Trumbull, eight to John Durand, five to Charles Lanman, three to William James Stillman, and fifty-eight to various individuals. Also included are five receipts, two signed exhibition announcements, and 26 prints, mostly artist portraits.

The actual title of the letterbooks is The History of Art in America as Told in a Remarkable Collection of Autograph Letters and Documents of Celebrated American Artists of the Eighteenth, Nineteenth, and Twentieth Century.

Biographical/Historical Note: Charles Henry Hart Art (1847-1918) was a historian, lawyer, writer, and director, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1882-1904. He published widely on the subject of eighteenth and nineteenth-century portraiture in the United States.

The collection was received as an anonymous gift to the Archives in 1954. It has been assumed that Hart assembled the letters and related material. He may have obtained the letters written to Asher B. Durand from Durand's son, John. Original collation of the collection was two letterbooks.

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