John Cranch papers, 1831-1892

Cranch, John, b. 1807 d. 1891
Portrait painter
Active in Washington, D.C.; Ohio

Collection size: 8 items (on 2 partial microfilm reels)

Collection Summary: A journal; watercolor and pencil sketches; and a photograph.

REEL 3569: A handwritten copy, ca. 1892, of a journal kept by John Cranch from 1831 to 1833 while studying in Italy. The journal contains descriptions of Italian art, architecture and scenery, an account of Cranch's physical and emotional state of health and his drawing and painting activities, and annotated pencil sketches. Cranch's travelling companions were Thomas Cole and Henry and Horatio Greenough. The journal was hand copied by Cranch's wife, Charlotte. Also included are 6 watercolor and pencil sketches, 1856 and 1886-1887.

REEL 3667: One photograph of Cranch in his studio at his daughter's home in Urbana, Ohio, ca. 1885.

Biographical/Historical Note: Portrait painter; Washington, D.C. and Urbana, Ohio.

Journals & sketches lent and photo donated 1985 by John E. Cranch, great-grandson of the artist.

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