Hart family photographs and clipping, 1865-[189-?]

Hart fam, Hart family

Collection size: 11 items (on a partial microfilm reel).

Collection Summary: Cartes-de-visite and cabinet photographs depicting James McDougal Hart (1865), Hart's wife Marie Theresa Hart, their daughters, Letitia and Marie Theresa, and a painting, accompanied by an undated clipping "A Woman Who Paints Women" from Metropolitan Magazine, concerning the work of Letitia and her sister Mary Theresa.

Biographical/Historical Note: James McDougal Hart, the younger brother of painter William Hart, worked as an apprentice to a coach and sign painter in Albany before he went abroad to study in Munich and Dusseldorf under Johann Wilhelm Schirmer and others. He opened a studio in New York in 1857 and the following year was elected an associate of the National Academy. In 1859 he became an academician. He married amateur painter Marie Theresa Gorsuch in 1866, and their children Robert Gorsuch, Mary Theresa, and Letitia also became artists. Hart is associated with the Hudson River School, specializing in painting landscapes with cows and oxen.

Donated 1988 by Edward B. Sackett. Mrs. Seth C. Beach of Saginaw, Michigan, Sackett's great-grandmother, was a cousin of James McDougal Hart's aunt, Mrs. Robert J.S. Page of Flint, Michigan. Through these connections, the families were friendly. Sackett's grandfather visited the McDougals in Brooklyn and, over the years, photographs were exchanged.

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