Leroy Ireland research material on George Inness, 1916-2007, bulk 1960-1971

Ireland, Leroy, b. 1889 d. 1970
Painter, Art historian
Active in Philadelphia, Pa.

Collection size: 2.0 linear feet

Collection Summary: Art dealer Leroy Ireland's research material on George Inness measures 2.0 linear feet and dates from 1916 to 2007, with the bulk of the material dating from 1960 to 1971. The collection documents Ireland's research for his book, "The Works of George Inness: An Illustrated Catalogue Raisonne," through correspondence, research files, and photographs of artwork.

Biographical/Historical Note: Leroy Ireland (1889-1970) was an art historian and painter in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Leroy Ireland is best know for his work on a catalogue raisonne of the works of George Inness. George Inness (1825-1894) was a landscape painter.

Two letters and photographs of artwork were donated in 1963-1964 by Ireland; the remainder of the papers were donated in 1993 by Mrs. Leory Ireland via executor Irene Chapellier Little, and in 2010 by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. who received the collection from John Frisk, a friend of Ireland.

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Related Materials

In 1975, additional Leroy Ireland research material regarding George Inness was lent by Chapellier Galleries in New York City (reels 992-996) who had acquired the material from Ireland's estate; included are an extensive photograph file of Inness paintings; correspondence; notes on and descriptions of paintings; sales records of Inness's works; ownership records of Inness paintings; information about questionable attributions; exhibition catalogs and miscellany.
Twelve scrapbooks compiled by Ireland were lent by Archer Huntington Art Gallery of the University of Texas at Austin (reels 2824-2825), in 1983, and are currently located at the Fine Arts Library, University of Texas at Austin. These scrapbook contain circa 3,000 photographs of Inness paintings.