John Frederick Kensett papers, 1806-1896

Kensett, John Frederick, b. 1816 d. 1872
Painter, Engraver, Landscape painter
Active in New York, N.Y.

Collection size: ca. 2,020 items (on 6 microfilm reels)

Collection Summary: Correspondence, register of paintings sold, financial material, photographs, a diary, biographical information, a sketchbook, and printed material.

REELS N68/84-N68/85: Correspondence, mostly with family members and with many of Kensett's letters describing life, artists, and patrons while working in Europe; an annual register of paintings sold; miscellaneous bills, cancelled checks, and personal legal papers; and photographs of Kensett, his studio, members of his family and the 1864 Metropolitan Fair art exhibition.

REEL N738: A diary kept by Kensett while in Naples, Rome, and London, 1847.

REEL N737: Documents, obituary notices, clippings, and lists of paintings in Kensett's estate, 1873.

REELS 1533-1534: Correspondence with Thomas Gold Appleton, Eugene Benson, John William Casilear, Benjamin Champney, Jasper Francis Cropsey, Daniel Huntington, the Kellogg family, George and J. R. Lambdin, Thomas P. Rossiter, William T. Walters, and others; notes and financial papers regarding the Metropolitan Fair of the U.S. Sanitary Commission; passports; sketchbooks; and social invitations.

Biographical/Historical Note: Landscape painter; b. Cheshire, Conn.

Materials on reels N68/84-N68/85 and N738 lent for microfilming 1968 by James R. Kellogg grand-nephew of Kensett. Materials on reel N737 lent 1968 by Kennedy Galleries of New York which obtained some of Kensett's estate papers. Materials on reels 1533-1534 lent 1979 by New York State Library.

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