Henry Alexander papers, 1879-1888

Alexander, Henry, b. 1860 d. 1894
Active in New York, N.Y.; San Francisco, Calif.

Collection size: 13 items (on partial microfilm reel)

Format: Goodman etching: cataloged separately.

Collection Summary: An etching by Arthur Jule Goodman, 1888; 10 mounted photographs of paintings, 9 by Alexander and one possibly by P. Hocker; and 2 mounted photographs of groups of people in medieval costume which include Alexander (probably taken in Germany, and both with identifications on verso), one with a pencil sketch of a Japanese interior scene on the verso, and the other with the caption [in German] "Munich Artists Woods Festival 1879, by J.B. Obernetter" on the front. Also included is a photo of Alexander's studio.

Biographical/Historical Note: Painter of primarily of genre scenes, also some lost cityscapes, and still-lifes; San Francisco, California, and New York, N.Y., after 1887. The San Francisco earthquake destroyed many of Alexander's paintings and records. He committed suicide in New York on May 15, 1894. Death date also cited as 1895.

Donated 1976 by Dr. Harry Fishbon, the Alexander family physician. Dr. Fishbon was occasionally given Henry's paintings by the two surviving siblings, and acted as executor upon their deaths.

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