Harriet Blackstone papers, 1864-1984

Blackstone, Harriet, b. 1864 d. 1939
Active in New York, N.Y.

Collection size: 4.8 linear ft. (partially microfilmed on 3 reels)

Collection Summary: Letters, photographs, writings, sketches, scrapbooks, and printed material.

REELS 1617, 1621-1622: Letters; photos and glass negatives of art work; photos of Blackstone and others; memoirs and other writings; sketches; lists of paintings (some with prices); scrapbooks with clippings and reproductions of art work; exhibition catalogues; and printed miscellany. There are letters from Maria Oakey Dewing, Thomas Wilmer Dewing, Alice Tisdale Hobart, and Joseph Cummings Chase, among others. Also included is a memoir, "The Painter's Bruges," describing a class taught by William Merritt Chase in Bruges, Belgium in 1912; and various writings, in which anecdotes about Chase and descriptions of his manner and style can be found. The memoir is illustrated with photographs taken by Blackstone of Chase, John Singer Sargent, and others.

UNMICROFILMED: Biographical material, including information on Blackstone's estate and biographical writings for WHO'S WHO; letters to Blackstone annotated by Esther McCullough, 1883-1939, and excerpts from her notes and letters; letters to McCullough, 1940-1943; letters to Stell Anderson, 1939-1984; writings by McCullough including notes on Blackstone and several versions of her typescript "Harriet Blackstone , 1864-1939"; a catalog of Blackstone's works by Richard P. Wunder, miscellaneous writings on Blackstone, and writings by Blackstone, "Modern Spanish Painters," 1913 and an essay on politics, 1893; printed material, 1919-1984, including exhibition announcements, reproductions of art works and clippings; and photographs and negatives of Blackstone with friends and family and of her works of art.

Biographical/Historical Note: Painter; New York, N.Y.

Microfilmed material transferred 1978 from the National Collection of Fine Arts, who had acquired it in 1967 along with Harriet Blackstone's paintings from Stell Anderson, Blackstone's friend and a collector of her work. Anderson had received the papers from Blackstone's brother, Edward, in 1939. Upon Anderson's death, additional material was turned over to her neice Pat Rauchenstein, who donated them in 1989. Prior to the donation, the papers were in possession of Esther McCullough, who annotated some items and added research material in preparation for her unpublished manuscript "Harriet Blackstone, 1864-1939."

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