Jefferson David Chalfant papers, 1885-1976

Chalfant, Jefferson David, b. 1856 d. 1931
Portrait painter, Inventor
Active in Wilmington, Del.

Collection size: 768 items (on 2 microfilm reels).

Collection Summary: Correspondence with Chalfant's agent, H. Wood Sullivan, also George H. Sullivan, American Art Association and its successor Society of American Artists, Craig and Evans, George C. Folsom, Lawrence J. Morris, National Academy of Design, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Richard Robbins, and others; William D. Davis's research material on Chalfant; correspondence regarding Chalfant's portrait of Nicholas Van Dyke, Jr.; writings, drawings, specifications , and printed material relaitng to Chalfant's type justifying machine and other patents; financial material; exhibition catalogs, 1887-1890; photographs of Chalfant, his wife, and art works; and miscellany.

Biographical/Historical Note: Portrait painter, inventor; Wilmington, Delaware. An extremely meticulous painter; his facsimile of a one dollar note was so perfectly rendered, it was confiscated by the U.S. government.

Donated 1976 by Mrs. Margaret E. Chalfant.

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