James Stillman letters relating to Homer Dodge Martin, 1882-1898

Stillman, James, b. 1850 d. 1918
Art patron, Businessperson
Active in New York, N.Y.

The James Stillman letters relating to Homer Dodge Martin in the Archives of American Art were digitized in 2009.The papers have have been scanned in their entirety and total 85 images.

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


Collection size: 0.2 linear feet

Collection Summary: The James Stillman letters from Homer Dodge Martin comprise 28 letters from Martin and his wife Elizabeth to banker and art patron James Stillman documenting Stillman's financial and practical assistance to the Martin's through consignment, exhibition and sale of Martin's artwork. The letters provide insight into Martin's experiences painting while living in Honfleur and Villerville, France, his financial struggles, and his physical and mental condition. They also reveal Elizabeth Martin's efforts as advocate for her husband's work and reputation, and her dismay at his physical and mental decline due in part to lack of financial success.

Biographical/Historical Note: James Stillman (1850-1918), banker and art patron, was committed to promoting the artwork of landscape artist Homer Dodge Martin and providing financial investment in and practical assistance with the logistics of handling Martin's artwork over a period of at least 16 years. Homer Dodge Martin (1836-1897) was primarily a landscape painter of the Hudson River School.

Six letters from Homer Dodge Martin were donated to AAA by Chauncey Stillman, grandson of James Stillman, in 1955 and 1959. Additional letters to Stillman from Martin, Elizabeth Martin, and Bancel La Farge, and from Martin to Mr. Van Loon, were donated by Mrs. P. S. Paine, grandaughter of James Stillman, in 1978.

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

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The Archives of American Art also holds the Thomas B. Clarke letters from or about Homer Dodge Martin, 1893-1897.
Additional material relating to Homer Dodge Martin, including correspondence with Thomas B. Clarke and Elizabeth Martin, can be found in the Macbeth Gallery records.