Hugh Henry Breckenridge papers, 1903-1976

Breckenridge, Hugh H. (Hugh Henry), b. 1870 d. 1937
Painter, Educator
Active in Philadelphia, Pa.

Collection size: 1.6 linear ft. (on 4 partial microfilm reels)

Collection Summary: Notes, writings, sketches, printed material, correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, and exhibition materials.

REEL 1779: 2 logbooks of paintings with photographs, prices, and exhibition records; a photograph of students at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; three scrapbooks of photographs of his paintings and portraits; photocopies of clippings and of a brochure of the Breckenridge School of Painting, East Gloucester, Mass.

REEL 1828: A notebook with notes for class demonstrations and sketches; edited and final typescripts of an unpublished manuscript, BOOK ON ART, by Breckenridge, and of lectures by Breckenridge; and two brochures from the Breckenridge School of Art.

REEL 1907: Essays, lectures, and notes on art; a typed recipe for pastel sticks; clippings; a lecture announcement; a membership list; and a fragment of letter received.

REEL 2410: Three letters; a typescript of Breckenridge's unpublished book on art; exhibition catalogs, newspaper clippings, and printed miscellany; and ca. 118 photographs, mostly of his paintings. Also includes papers concerning the 1967 retrospective exhibition of Breckenridge's work at the Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas, which contain correspondence, letters from Breckenridge's daughter, Margaret Skinner to Margaret Vogel of the gallery; letter from museums and patrons to Valley House Gallery director, Donald S. Vogel; copies of letters sent from the gallery; biographical information; financial material; exhibition catalogs; and news clippings.

Biographical/Historical Note: Painter and educator; Philadelphia, Pa. Founded the Breckenridge School of Art. Was Dean of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

Lent 1980 by Donald S. Vogel, director of Valley House Gallery, and by Dorothy D. Breckenridge, Breckenridge's widow.

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