Edmund Quincy papers, 1891-1955, bulk 1935-1955

Quincy, Edmund, b. 1903 d. 1997
Active in Boston, Mass.; France

Collection size: 0.7 linear feet
Addition 0.3 linear feet

Collection Summary: The papers of painter, Edmund Quincy, measure 0.7 linear feet and date from 1891-1955, with the bulk of materials dating from 1935 to 1955. Quincy was born in Biarritz, France and educated in the United States, spending time in New England and Europe throughout his life. Quincy was the descendant of three Boston mayors and was related to John Quincy Adams, the 6th president of the United States. Quincy's painting career is documented by photographs of his artwork, printed material concerning exhibitions, and some writings and letters. There also are vintage family photos and scapbooks concerning his career and his father's politial life in Boston.

Biographical documents include travel documents and student IDs in addition to scattered personal items relating to the artist and his father. Letters relate to exhibitions and the sale of artwork. Quincy's writings concern the process of painting and research work on Mexican painters, Jose Clemente Orozco and Diego Rivera. Printed materials include exhibition materials, newspaper clippings, and descriptive publicity materials.

Of particular interest is the scrapbook of newspaper clippings relating to the political career of Quincy's father, Boston mayor, Josiah Quincy, which provide insight into Boston politics of the time.

ADDITION: An addition (0.3 linear feet) received 2014 includes works of art by Quincy consisting of figure drawings, studies and preparatory sketches in pencil and occasionally pastel; pattern designs in ink; landscapes and studies for landscapes in pencil and watercolor; and still lifes in pencil and pastel. There are also two poems, written in ink in large calligraphic letters, and two diplomas from an imaginary society, 1936.

There are also black and white photographs of Quincy, his parents, other relatives, and friends.

Biographical/Historical Note: Edmund Quincy (1903-1997) was a painter working in France, Italy, and Boston, Mass.

The papers were donated to the Archives of American Art in 2011 and 2014 by Hirschl & Adler.

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