Elizabeth Gardner Bouguereau papers, 1853-1977, bulk 1864-1920

Gardner, Elizabeth Jane, b. 1837 d. 1922
Active in Paris, France; Exeter, N.H.

Collection size: 0.4 linear ft. (on 3 partial microfilm reels)

Collection Summary: Correspondence, printed material, and photographs.

REEL 3135: 7 photographs, including Bouguereau and Imogene Robinson Morrell, ca. 1856 and ca. 1868; Bouguereau, 1862 and ca. 1865; of Adolphe William Bouguereau, 1875 and 1896; and Bouguereau's wedding photographs, 1896.

REEL 3464: Ca. 360 letters, 1864-1920, from Bouguereau to her mother, Jane Lowell Gardner, her sister, Maria (Ria) P. Gardner, her brother, John Edward Gardner, her sister-in-law, Miriam Gardner, and her nephews, Perley and John; writings; 4 photographs of Bouguereau, including one with her husband Adolphe William Bouguereau; and photocopies of an exhibition announcement, 1878 and clippings on Bouguereau and her husband, 1896-1977.

REEL 3967: A letter, 1890, to John Gardner, in which Bouguereau mentions the success of her painting in London and other matters; a postcard, 1910, to Miriam Gardner, describing the Paris floods; a postcard and 2 letters to Perley Gardner, 1914-1917, commenting on the war and the defense of Paris and family matters.

Biographical/Historical Note: Painter; New Hampshire and Paris, France. Born Elizabeth Jane Gardner in Exeter, New Hampshire. She lived and painted in Paris, France, returning to the United States 1870-1871 and 1876-1877. She married French painter Adolphe William Bouguereau in 1896.

Donated 1983-1986 by Miriam Gardner Dunnan, grand niece of Bouguereau, except photographs which were lent for microfilming on reel 3135.

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