Henry Rodman Kenyon papers, 1883-1958

Kenyon, Henry Rodman, b. 1861 d. 1926
Active in Ipswich, Mass.

Collection size: 2.0 linear ft. (on 2 microfilm reels)

Collection Summary: Biographical data, letters, notes and writings, numerous sketches, sketchbooks, photographs, and printed material. Included are: letters from galleries, purchasers of work, museums, friends and colleagues, among them Arthur Wesley Dow and Charles Selden; posthumous correspondence from Mrs. Kenyon and her executrix; miscellaneous notes; bills; a poem, "Scituate Wharves"; an American Federation of Arts exhibition list; a quote about Dow, 1923; and handwritten information about Kenyon's funeral. Also numerous sketches, some annotated, received in random order. Some are dated; others, drawn on envelopes or scraps of paper, were given dates based on postmarks or dated printed material. Undated sketches have been organized into the following categories: animals, boats, houses, nudes and faces, outdoor scenes, and miscellaneous subjects. Also included are 18 sketchbooks containing sketches of Etaples and Concarneau (France), Holland, Venice, Pont Aven (Brittany), Ipswich, Mass., and unidentified locations; photographs of Kenyon, his wife and others, his Paris studio, a 1926 exhibition of his work, his Ipswich house, and a painting, inscribed by Robert W. Wickenden; exhibition catalogs, 1913-1926; a menu; a picture postcard of Kenyon's summer house in Wilton, N.H.; an admission card for varnishing day at the National Academy of Design; and clippings about an exhibition and Kenyon's burial.

Biographical/Historical Note: Painter; Ipswich, Mass. Studied painting in Paris throughout the 1880s where he met teacher and painter Arthur Wesley Dow. Settled in Ipswich, Mass. where Dow lived and ran a summer art school.

Lent for microfilming 1992 by Childs Gallery. The gallery owns paintings by Kenyon and received the papers from his heirs.

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