John White Alexander papers, 1775-1968, bulk 1870-1915

Alexander, John White, b. 1856 d. 1915
Painter, Portrait painter
Active in New York, N.Y.

The papers of John White Alexander in the Archives of American Art were digitized in 2009.The bulk of the papers have been scanned and total 5,592 images.

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


Collection size: 11.2 linear feet

Collection Summary: The papers of the painter, muralist, and illustrator John White Alexander measure 11.2 linear feet and date from 1775 to 1968, with the bulk of materials dating from 1870 to 1915. Papers document Alexander's artistic career and many connections to figures in the art world through biographical documentation, correspondence (some illustrated), writings, 13 sketchbooks, additonal artwork and loose sketches, scrapbooks, photographs, awards and medals, artifacts, and other records. Among the artifacts of note is a souvenir engraving of a Mark Twain self-portrait.

Biographical/Historical Note: John White Alexander (1856-1915) was a painter, muralist, and illustrator of New York, N.Y.

Donated 1978 and 1981 by Irina Reed, Alexander's granddaughter.

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