John Gellatly letters received from artists, 1887-1931

Gellatly, John, b. 1853 d. 1931
Collector
Active in New York, N.Y.

This site provides access to the artist letters of John Gellatly in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2016, and total 335 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 John Gellatly letters received from artists measure 0.2 linear feet and date from 1887 to 1931. Found within the collection are 120 letters to Gellatly from Emma and Abbott H. Thayer, Frederick S. Church, Irving Wiles, Albert Pinkham Ryder, C. E. S. Wood, and George Grey Barnard. Some of the letters contain sketches, particularly those from Church. Topics include the price and progress of artworks, requests for commissions, mutual friendships, and daily events. There are also two copies of the poem "The Flying Dutchman" by Albert P. Ryder.

Biographical/Historical Note: Art collector John Gellatly (1853-1931) lived in New York City, New York and established a real estate and insurance business in 1885.

The collection was initially bought by art historian Thomas Brumbaugh of Vanderbilt University from Walter R. Benjamin Autographs of Madison Avenue, and subsequently acquired in 1978 by the National Collection of Fine Arts, now the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Shortly thereafter, the letters were transferred to the Archives of American Art.

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

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