Frank and Elizabeth Boott Duveneck papers, 1851-1972, bulk 1851-1919

Duveneck, Frank, b. 1848 d. 1919
Painter, Art teacher
Active in Cincinnati, Ohio

Duveneck, Elizabeth Boott, b. 1846 d. 1888
Painter
Active in Paris,France; Boston,Mass.; Europe

The papers of Frank and Elizabeth Boott Duveneck in the Archives of American Art were digitized in 2009.The bulk of the papers have been scanned and total 1,180 images.

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


Collection size: 1.2 linear feet

Collection Summary: The papers of painter and teacher Frank Duveneck and his wife, painter Elizabeth Boott Duveneck measure 1.2 linear feet and date from 1851-1972, bulk 1851-1919. Aspects of the lives and work of the artists are documented in correspondence, creative writings, research notes, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, magazine articles, ephemera, sketches and sketchbooks, and vintage photographs.

Biographical/Historical Note: Frank Duveneck (1848-1919) was a painter and teacher in Munich, Germany and Cincinnati, Ohio. Born in Covington, Kentucky, he used the surname Decker until 1886. He began his career painting in midwestern Catholic churches. In 1870, Duveneck went to Munich, where he shared a studio with William Merritt Chase, studied with Wilhelm von Diez, and was influenced by the style of the Munich School. After travel to Venice and America, Duveneck opened his own school in Munich and in the Upper Bavarian village of Polling in 1878. His students, known as the "Duveneck Boys", included Otto Bacher, Julius Rolshoven, John Twachtman, and Herman Wessel. He married one of his students, Elizabeth Boott, in 1886. Following his wife's death in 1888, Duveneck returned to the United States to teach at the Cincinnati Art Academy.

Donated and lent by Mr. and Mrs. Francis B. Duveneck, the son and daughter-in-law of Frank and Elizabeth Duveneck.

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

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Exhibition catalogs that were donated to the Archives of American Art with the Frank Duveneck and Elizabeth Boott Duveneck papers were transferred to the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Gallery Library in 1976. Some of the catalogs were microfilmed and may be viewed on reel 1151.
Additionally, a group of eighty-four pencil sketches and caricatures of his students by Frank Duveneck and four black and white photographic reproductions of works of art were loaned to the Archives of American Art in 1974 by Mr. and Mrs. Francis B. Duveneck for microfilming. This material is available for viewing on reel 792. The material listed above is not described in the container listing of this finding aid.
In 1974, the Cincinnati Historical Society donated photocopies of original letters to and from Frank Duveneck and Elizabeth Boott Duveneck from their collection to the Archives of American Art for microfilming. This correspondence is available for viewing on reel 1097. Additionally, in 1985 Freda Schutze donated a portrait photograph of Frank Duveneck.