Earl Shinn letters and diary from the collection at Swarthmore College, 1852-1889

Shinn, Earl, b. 1838 d. 1886
Art critic, Painter
Active in New York, N.Y.; Philadelphia, Pa.

Collection size: 0.2 linear ft. (on partial microfilm reel).

Collection Summary: Letters to and from Earl Shinn describing his life as an art student in Paris, and the Philadelphia art scene. Correspondents include Thomas Eakins, William Trost Richards, William Merrit Chase and others. An undated diary records a journey to France.

Biographical/Historical Note: Art critic Earl Shinn wrote under the pseudonym Edward Strahan.

The Earl Shinn papers are part of the Richard Tapper Cadbury collection at Swarthmore College. They were microfilmed in the order established by the lender.

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  • Microfilm reel 3580 (frames 324-1510) available at Archives of American Art offices, through interlibrary loan and at the Free Library of Philadelphia and Swarthmore College.
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