James Britton papers, circa 1905-1984, bulk circa 1905-1935

Britton, James, b. 1878 d. 1936
Art critic, Painter, Editor
Active in New York, N.Y.; Hartford, Conn.

This site provides access to the papers of James Britton in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2010. The papers have been scanned in their entirety, and total 6,872 images.

Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art


Collection size: 2.9 linear feet

Collection Summary: The papers of painter and writer James Britton measure 2.9 linear feet and date from circa 1905-1984, with the bulk of the material dating from circa 1905-1935. The bulk of the papers consist of 49 diaries dating from 1918-1935, plus notebooks of diary excerpts, that chronicle Britton's daily activities and include lists, illustrations, and drafts of correspondence. Additional papers include biographical information compiled by the Britton family; scattered business and financial records; correspondence, including copies of Britton's letters to the editors of the Hartford Courant and the Hartford Times; additional writings and notes that include drafts and manuscripts of an autobiography, drafts of articles for his publication Art Opus, and other writings; sketches and a woodcut print; printed materials, including clippings of his published writings for Art Review International, Book Notes, and Opus; and one photograph of Britton and of works of art.

Biographical/Historical Note: James Britton (1878-1936) was a critic, painter, woodcut artist, publisher/editor of American Art Review and Opus, and frequent contributor to American Art News. Britton was active in New York and Connecticut. Member of an artist' group known as the Eclectics, charter member of the New Society of American Artists, and founding member of the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts. He worked mainly as a portrait painter.

Donated 1985 by Barbara and Ursula Roberts Britton, granddaughters of James Britton.

Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art

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  • Copyright ownership is claimed by Barbara Britton and Ursula Britton. Contact information: Barbara Britton, bbritton212@earthlink.net, (212) 799-0711 or Ursula Britton, alusru@mindspring.com; (805) 650-9107
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