Harry Siddons Mowbray and Mowbray family papers, 1872-1976

Mowbray, Harry Siddons, b. 1858 d. 1928
Painter, Muralist, Portrait painter
Active in New York, N.Y.; Conn.

Collection size: 7.4 linear feet (on 8 microfilm reels)

Collection Summary: Correspondence; files; writings; scrapbooks; diaries; photographs; and printed material.

REELS 1898-1902: Letters from Mowbray's uncle George Mowbray, 1873-1884; letters and invitations, 1872-1928, from James Carroll Beckwith, Edwin H. Blashfield, Bryson Burroughs, Charles McKim, William R. Mead, Booker T. Washington, and others; files on mural projects and art organizations; writings, including a handwritten and typed draft of Mowbray's autobiography, published privately by his second wife, Florence, 1928; two scrapbooks; a scrapbook of clippings about the chemical inventions of George Mowbray; diaries, 1876, 1901, and 1912-1927; personal documents; and printed miscellany, 1897-1976. Condolence and thank you letters, invitations, and a travel diary, 1929, of Florence Mowbray are included.

REEL 2029: 350 photographs, including photos of Mowbray, a family album, and photos of his art work. [Glass negatives of art work in this collection have not been filmed.]

REEL 2895: 64 letters from Mowbray to his son George S. Mowbray, 1921-1927; 8 letters from Ellie, undated and 1912; miscellaneous letters; 7 travel diaries of Mowbray's first wife Helen, 1892-1907; an illustrated story, 1902, written for George Sienna; financial receipts; a photograph of George S. Mowbray, 1917; and miscellany.

REEL 3768: 5 newspaper clippings regarding Mowbray including one describing his murals in Washington, Ct., one describing an exhibition of religious paintings at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and 3 obituaries, 1928.

Biographical/Historical Note: Figure and mural painter; New York, N.Y. and Washington, Conn. Born Harry Siddons, Alexandria, Egypt. Adopted by his uncle George M. Mowbray. Graduated from West Point in 1875. Three years later, he studied painting under Bonnat in Paris. He has mural decorations in the residences of J. P. Morgan and F. W. Vanderbilt, the Apellate Courthouse of New York, and St. John's Church in Washington, Connecticut. Mowbray was awarded the Clark Prize, National Academy of Design, in 1833 and was made director of the American Academy in Rome in 1903. He was a member of the National Committee of Fine Arts, the Century Club, and the A.I.A. Club.

Material on reels 1898-1902 & 2029 donated 1979 by Margaret T. (Mrs. Henry S.) Mowbray and Hugh McK. Jones, daughter in-law and son in-law of Harry S. Mowbray; material on reel 2895 was lent for microfilming 1983 by Mrs. Wayne Rogers (Helen M.), granddaughter of Harry S. Mowbray; she also donated material on reel 3768 in 1983.

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